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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart 

Both the Lambrick Park and Oak Bay boys and girls teams started at 2-0 to kick off the 2012 St. Michael’s University School Invitational Basketball tournament being held this weekend at the Saanich campus.

Victoria, BC – The Lambrick Park and Oak Bay boys and girls basketball teams are off to a successful start at the 2012 St. Michael’s University School (SMUS) Invitational Basketball Tournament that is being held this weekend on the SMUS campus in Saanich.
Oak Bay’s Kayla Dinh drives past Rundle College’s Nicole Carswell during Friday morning action.
On Thursday evening the Lambrick Park boys team won a squeaker over Bishop Mahoney 55-52 and then went on to defeat Cowichan 62-43 in an evening affair.  The two victories gave Lambrick first place in the C pool and they will face Strathcona in a quarterfinal match up at 3:30 pm Friday.
IMG 6564Lambrick’s Emma Entzminger chases down a loose ball during Friday morning action against Bowness.
The Oak Bay boys team also got underway Thursday with an easy 73-38 win over Strathcona and then a 70-58 win over st. Mary’s.  The Bays also clinched first in their pool with the two wins and will meet SMUS in a 5:15 pm quarter-final Friday.
IMG 6931Cowichan’s Mitch Knippleberg goes hard to the net over St. Mary’s Stephen Classen during a game Friday morning.
SMUS took second place in Pool A by defeating Bowness 75-37 in the tournament opener, but then losing 62-45 to a tough Vancouver College squad on Friday evening. 
On the girls’ side, Oak Bay kicked off their tournament Thursday night with a 72-33 win over Bowness and followed it up Friday morning by defeating Rundle College 58-24.
IMG 6887Cowichan’s Andrew Larson carries the ball up court during Friday’s action against St. Mary’s.
The Lambrick girls also began strong by defeating Rundle 79-46 Friday night and then downing Bowness 78-51 on Friday morning.
Lambrick Park will face Oak Bay in each team’s third game of the tournament at 5:15 pm on Friday.  The winner of that game will win the B pool and will advance to Saturday’s championship final which is scheduled to begin at 8:00 pm. 
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Oak Bay’s Ella Macquisten looks for a passing option during a game against Rundle College Friday morning.
On the boys’ side the quarter-final match ups continue on Friday afternoon and evening, while the semi-finals are slated for 9:00 and 10:45 am Saturday. The finals goes at 5:45 pm Saturday.
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Oak Bay’s Emma Thompson goes up for the shot against Rundle’s Kayla Barry.