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By Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

The Island High School Basketball championship picture became a bit clearer Friday as a number of teams have booked their spots in the next round, including SMUS, Brentwood, Oak Bay and Mount Doug.

Four Island High School Basketball tournaments continued in Victoria Friday with SMUS and Brentwood College booking spots to the B.C. “AA” Championships, while Oak Bay and Mt. Doug will head to the Island “AAA” Championships.  Details below.

Boys “AA” Island Championships

At St. Michael’s University School (SMUS), the host squad emerged with a big 60-48 win over Ladysmith to advance to Saturday’s final (7:15 pm) against Brentwood College, who dispatched Lambrick Park 59-50 in the other semi-final.  Both teams now qualify for the BC Provincials on March 7-0 in Kamloops.

For SMUS, Mark Yorath led the way with 10 points, while Ladysmith’s David Geary added 20 in a losing effort.

Brentwood College’s attack was paced by Shelev Sharabi with 20 points, while Lucas Dellabough added 19 to be the leading scorer for Lambrick Park.

Both Lambrick Park and Ladysmith, who won their consolation bracket games early Saturday will now vie for a spot in the Provincials in the third place game, which will take place at 5:30 pm Saturday.

Boys “AAA” South Island Championships

As anticipated, the Oak Bay Bays and Mt. Doug Rams will battle for the South Island “AAA’ championship, thanks to Oak Bay’s 87-49 victory Friday over Belmont, and Mt. Doug’s 76-60 win over Claremont.

In the Mount Doug victory, the Rams Connor Morgan led all scoreres with 22 points, while Elliot Rowe added 17, as did Claremont’s Gaurav Pandher in the losing effort.

All four semi-finalists will now advance to the Island “AAA” championships next week at Cowichan Secondary School.

Girl’s “AAA” Island Championships

At Mount Doug High school, the host Rams were defeated by the powerful Claremont Spartans 65-45.  Claremont will now clash with cross-town rivals Oak Bay in Saturday night’s final (7:00 pm), as the Oak Bay easily defeated Alberni 68-35.  Both teams also now qualify for the BC Provincials March 7-10 at Capilano College.

Mount Doug will now battle Alberni, Spectrum and Dover Bay for a chance at third place and another spot in the Provincial tournament.

Boys “A” Island Championships

The Boys “A” Island Championships kicked off Friday and it did not take the favourites long to emerge as Duncan Christian obliterated Dwight International 102-36 in the first game of the day, while Glenlyon-Norfolk similarly routed Campbell River Christian 91-17 in game two.

Host St. Andrew’s had a good start, defeating Gold River 60-50 and Bella Bella jumped all over the Junior All-Stars 79-39.

In the battle for the 4th through 8th place positions Friday, Dwight International defeated Campbell River 52-45, while the Junior All-Stars defeated Gold River 56-51.  

Duncan Christian and Glenlyon-Norfolk square off in a key match Saturday morning at 9AM, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s 5:45 pm final.  Bellla Bella will take on St. Andrew’s in the second semi-final.  The two teams advancing to the final will advance to the “A” Provincials