Story and Photos by Trish Fougner
On Friday, January 6th, Victoria’s Lambrick Park Lions played the Strathcona Lords from Edmonton as part of the St. Michael’s University School Invitational, a tournament that attracted 12 teams from across Western Canada.
The Lions entered Friday’s game undefeated, having beaten both the Bishop Mahoney Saints from Saskatoon and the Cowichan Thunderbirds the previous day. At stake, was entry into the “A” pool semi-finals the following day. Both teams were hungry for the win. The first quarter was uneventful with Lambrick pulling through for the lead with three-pointers from Brendan Miller, Brendan Sommers and Lucas Dellabough for a score of 21 to 14.
The second quarter became the fight of the “fouls” with the Lords getting into early foul trouble to help Lambrick pull further ahead. Lions still led after the third quarter 43-36 during which some questionable calls began to change the pace and intensity of the game for both sides. The final quarter was a game-changer with the Lions offence and confidence crumbling resulting in slopping passing and the inability to execute baskets. The Lords came on hard to come from behind and lead for the first time in the game with 2 minutes left to play. With the end in site, The Lords finished hard and won the game by a score of 57-49 relegating The Lambrick Park Lions to the “B” pool semis. Vancouver College defeated Oak Bay to win the overall tournament. They finished undefeated.