Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
January 8, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Mount Doug Rams used a 16 point performance from Adam Benrabah to roll to a 55-33 win over the Reynolds Roadrunners in Lower Vancouver Island AAA High School basketball action on Tuesday night at Mt. Doug High School in Saanich.
The win improves the Rams league record to 2-2. The Roadrunners, who are coming off a 6th place finish at the Bob Gair Invitational tournament in New Westminster over Christmas, fall to 1-4, with their only win thus far coming over winless Stellys just prior to the Christmas break.
Mt. Doug’s Adam Benrabah works to bring the ball upcourt past Reynold’s Dexter Crane in first half action on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
On Tuesday, the Rams started the rout early, jumping out to a 14-0 first quarter lead before Reynolds finally hit the board with a free throw just under seven minutes into the game. Harrison Mar would pace the early Mt. Doug attack with 7 first quarter points and the Rams would push their lead to 20-1 at quarter’s end.
Mt. Doug was led by Harrison Mar (left) with 11 points and Adam Benrabah (right) with 16 points, in their win over Reynolds on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the second quarter, it was Benrabah’s turn to shine for the Rams, as he contributed 6 of the Rams 15 points in the quarter. Meanwhile, the Roadrunners continued to struggle, scoring their first basket just under two minutes into the quarter and emerging with just 9 points overall in the quarter to trail the Rams 35-10 at half.
Mt. Doug’s Connor Brown puts on the brakes as he looks for a route to the net by Reynolds defender Val Santiago on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
After the intermission, a refocused Roadrunners squad, who skipped the third-quarter warm-up for some extra chalk-talk time in the locker room, began to find their game and actually outscored the Rams 15-9 in the quarter. Bryce Gaspar would pace that third quarter attack with 6 of Reynold’s points, while Steven Shellard had 4.
Bright spots for Reynolds on Tuesday were Amir Harati (left) with 12 points and Bryce Gaspar (right) with 8 points (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The big lead allowed the Rams to get their entire bench into the game and Coach Skip Cronk distributed the time among his players very well, giving them all a chance to play throughout the game.
In the fourth quarter, the Rams would re-establish their dominance and slow down the game, outscoring the Roadrunners 11-8 and cruising to the 22-point, 55-33 victory.
Left: Harrison Mar of Mt. Doug cruises in for an uncontested layup in the first half Tuesday; Right: Normally patrolling the quarterback position for the Rams football squad, Ashton Mackinnon did a good job in defending Reynold’s Steven Shellard and other Roadrunners in his time on the floor Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In addition to Benrabah’s 16 points, the Rams Mar finished with 11, while Pedro Mirabile chipped in 8.
For Reynolds, Amir Harati led all Roadrunner scorers with 12, while both Gaspar and Shellard finished with 8 each.
In other Lower Island AAA action Tuesday night The third place Belmont Bulldogs defeated first place Claremont Spartans with a score of 74-67 at Belmont Secondary. The game was very close from beginning to end with both teams battling hard to get that edge. It was a huge night for Belmont’s Eric Spaven who earned a whopping 44 points. Oak Bay also stayed undefeated with a 75-46 win over Spectrum.
For the full set of Christian J. Stewart’s action photos from this game, please visit his gallery HERE.