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By Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

Victoria (ISN) – It was a basketball lover’s dream as three out of the four separate high school basketball championships happening this weekend in Victoria tipped off Thursday.

Boy’s “AA” Island Championships

In the Boy’s Island “AA” Championshps at St. Michael’s University School (SMUS), opening game action Thursday saw host St. Michaels (SMUS) defeating Highland 76-44. Joe Erlic had 17 points for the winners while Noah Lewis was the high scorer for Highland with 18.

In a Game 2 nail-biter, Ladysmith received a 29 point performance from Tanner Gresmak to defeat Gulf Islands 70-67. Vinnie Martin was outstanding for Gulf Islands, scoring 26 points in the losing effort.

In Game 3, Lambrick Park received a 16 point performance from Brendan Somers and Chris Fougner added 11 to pace the Lions to a 69-54 win over Mark Isfeld.

Finally in Game 4, Brentwood used a 23 point performance from David Lawrence to defeat Wellington 73-53.

Friday’s action will see SMUS and Ladysmith tip-off in the first semi-final at 4:30 pm , while Lambrick will face Brentwood in the second semi-final at 6:15.

Earlier games will see Highland against Gulf Islands and Mark Isfeld vs Wellington.

Winners of the semi-final games will play for the championship at 7:15 pm on Saturday and will both advance to the BCs in Kamloops March 7-10.

Winners of the two latter games will have the opportunity to play their way back into contention for third place in the tournament and a third spot in the Provincials.

Boy’s “AAA” Lower Island Championships

In opening day action of the Boy’s “AAA” Lower Island Championships being held at Oak Bay, the Claremont Spartans kicked things off with a big 64-39 win over Spectrum. Max Cullen led the way for Claremont with 12 points , while Gaurav Pandher added 10. Darian Vandermerwe was tops for Spectrum with 18 points.

In a second quarter-final, Belmont was playing Stelly’s, with Belmon’t leading Stelly’s 37-12 at the half. Final results were not available at press time

On Friday, the semi-finals will feature Mt. Douglas against Claremont at 5:30 pm and host Oak Bay against either Belmont or Stelly’s at 7:30 pm.

The winners will face off in the Championship game which is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Saturday.

Girl’s “AAA” Island Championships

The 2012 Girl’s “AAA” island Championships began Thursday at Mount Douglas High School with Alberni knocking off Spectrum 60-38, Oak Bay defeating G.P. Vanier 70-44, host Mt. Doug edging out Dover Bay 67-65 in a thriller and Claremont, the #1 seed in the South, knocking off Stelly’s 69-33.

In Friday’s action, Mt. Doug will face Claremont in the first semi-final at 6:45 pm, while Alberni meets Oak Bay in the second semi-final at 8:30 pm. The winners will advance to the Championship final at 7:00 pm Saturday and will both qualify for the Provincials March 7-10 at Capilano College.

In other action Friday, Spectrum will take on G.P. Vanier at 3:15 pm while Dover Bay battles Stelly’s at 5:00 pm. Those teams will all be battling to get to the third place game and a chance to advance as a third team to the Provincials.

Boy’s “A” Island Championships

The Boy’s “A” Island Champonships kick off on Friday at St. Andrew’s Regional High School in Victoria.

Opening day action will see Duncan Christian battle Dwight International (10:00 am), Glenlyon Norfolk against Campbell River Christian (11:45 am), Gold River versus host St. Andrew’s (1:45 pm) and Bella Bella in action against the Junior All-Stars.

Games continue on Saturday starting at 9:00 am, with the championship game scheduled for 5:45 pm. Both finalists will advance to the “A” Provincials on March 7-10 at Trinity Western University in Langley.