Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
January 17, 2013, Saanich, BC (ISN) – The Oak Bay Bays used a season-high 33-point performance from Liam Horne to cruise to an 83-54 win over the Mt. Doug Rams in Lower Vancouver Island Senior Boys AAA Basketball action Thursday night at Mt. Doug High School in Saanich.
The Bays, who rolled to an 81-39 win over Stelly’s on Tuesday were looking to keep that momentum going against the 2-3 Rams and would do so, taking advantage of ice cold Mt. Doug shooting to run up a 19-3 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Oak Bay’s Atlas St. Paul leads the fast break ahead of Mt. Doug’s Harrison Mar during Thursday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Rams, who only managed three free-throws in the first quarter, would not score their first field goal until 30 seconds into the second quarter, finally bringing their robust fans to life.
The Ram’s Ashton MacKinnon (left) and Oak Bay’s Atlas St. Paul battle for postion under the hoop (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
That seemed to spur the Rams and they began to play evenly with the Bays, eventually whittling the big lead down to 10 points, 30-20 about halfway through the quarter.
Oak Bay’s Liam Horne would score a season-high 33 points to lead the Bays to the win on Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
However the Bays Horne would then take things over, scoring 14 of his 33 points in the second quarter, including a string of baskets late in that frame that increased the Bays lead to 45-24 at the half.
Mt. Doug’s Andres Marques drives past Oak Bay’s Dan Phillips late in the first half Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the third quarter, the Rams continued to play well and thanks to 14 points from guard Adam Benrabah, who would finish with 26 points in total, the Rams outscored the Bays 22-15 and pulled to within 14 points, 60-46 at the end of the third quarter.
Mt. Doug’s Adam Benrabah (10) would score 26 points in the losing effort against Oak Bay on Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
That would be as close as they would come however, as the Bays defence would take over to limit the Rams to just 8 points in the quarter, while the offence, including 6 points from Atlas St. Paul, would score 23, putting the game away and pulling out to the eventual 83-54 win.
Mt. Doug’s Connor Brown looks for an opening against the tough Oak Bay defence in the 4th quarter Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Horne’s 33-point performance was a season high for him and is the second highest scoring total put forth in a league game this year. Other key contributions for the now 6-1 Bays came from Noah Harris (12 points), St. Paul (12 points) and Timo Weimer (11 points).
Oak Bay’s Noah Harris would chip in 12 points on Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
For the 2-4 Rams, Benrabah’s 26 points easily led the way, followed by a 13-point performance from Harrison Mar.
The win moves the Bays back into first place in the AAA standings, as they move a game ahead of both Belmont and Claremont, who both sport 5-1 league records. They now gear up for a key match-up against Belmont next Tuesday on their home court.
Mt. Doug’s Harrison Mar would be the only other Ram in double digits Thursday, notching 13 points in the loss to Oak Bay (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Rams stay in 5th place, above Stellys and Reynolds and will travel to Stellys for their next game also on Tuesday.