By Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
Langley (ISN) – The dream of Provincial gold died quickly for all three Island representatives at the BC High School Senior Boys “AAA” Basketball Provincials, as Mount Doug, Belmont and Oak Bay all went down to defeat in Wednesday action.
First up on Wednesday, the Mount Doug Rams, who had to play their way into the final 16 by winning a preliminary game Tuesday, were thwarted from advancing any further when they lost 78-73 to Walnut Grove in a closely played game. The No. 6-ranked Gators nearly lost a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter, but managed to hang on for the win in a game that featured five lead changes. Jadon Cohee had 33 points for the winners, while Curtis Wilson led the Rams with 21.
The Rams now move to the consolation side of the brackets and will play Kitsilano at 4:00 pm Thursday.
In the second Island team game of the day, the Oak Bay Bays had their hands full with Terry Fox, dropping a 73-52 decision to the Ravens. Terry Fox opened up a 19-14 first quarter lead and never looked back, eventually pulling away with a 20-12 fourth quarter to seal the victory. Ryan Sclater led the Ravens with 22 points, while Kaz Kobyashi responded with 14 for the Bays.
Oak Bay will now Sir Charles Tupper in the consolation round at 11:30 am Thursday.
Finally the Belmont Bulldogs had the misfortune of coming up against the 4th ranked Vancouver College Fighting Irish and were trounced 73-44. The Bulldogs trailed by eight, 20-12, after the first quarter and played even with the Irish in the second to go into the half down by nine, but they could only muster 19 second half points against Vancouver College’s stingy defense that was led by 6’7″ Abu Khan’s nine blocks. Jordan Fenn and Eric Spaven had 12 points each for the Bulldogs in the losing effort.
Belmont will now play Point Grey at 5:45 pm Thursday.