Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – Friday night’s dreams will become one team’s Saturday night reality when South Island meets North Island centre court at Mt. Douglas High School gymnasium to decide Vancouver Island’s  Boys’ 4A High School Basketball supremacy.

Bays Jaden Touchie challenges T-Birds player at the hoop during semi-final action Friday night at Mt. Douglas High School – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

 Victoria’s Oak Bay Bays will battle Dover Bay Dolphins for the Boys’ 4A High school Island Basketball Championship crown to decide who gains the automatic berth to the BC High School Championships held March 11-14 at the Langley Convention centre in a culmination of a hard fought season of basketball around the province.

Oak Bay came to the tournament with an undefeated regular season record on the line. Considered perhaps the class of the tournament, Oak Bay handily advanced through the Final Four and into the Championship game with an 82-62 win over the Cowichan Thunderbirds in Semi-Final Game #1. 


Oak Bay Bays soundly defeated Cowichan T-Birds 82-62 to advance to the Vancouver Island Championship final game Saturday evening – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)


Semi-Final #1 – Oak Bay Bays vs Cowichan Thunderbirds

Both the Oak Bay Bays and the Cowichan Thunderbirds would came out cold to start the match, but .Matt Gray, and Liam Finnigan, finding their legs late in the period would make the difference in the game, pulling away from Cowichan. Oak Bay’s Aoi Yamaguchi, would make his mark at the buzzer, taking a pass from Gray for their 3rd three pointer in the period to make a game statement, going up 22-10.


Bays Matt Gray brings the ball up court in semi-final action. Gray would score 24 points for his team’s winning cause – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Cowichan would hold their own through the first half of the second period, coming to within nine points of Oak Bay, and the closest they would come all game with Oak Bay holding onto a 24-19 score. Oak Bay would shift momentum back in their favor late in the period. With only 3 minutes to go in the half, Oak Bay would explode with a 19-12 run to go to the locker room up 43-30.


Bays junior forward Madhu McConnell tries to draw the foul on the T-Bird flying to the hoop – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Both teams would kick the game into a higher gear in the second half, rejuvenated from the half-time break and the, no-doubtedly spirited, words of wisdom from their coaches. The effort and high-tempoed game led to some desperate and great looking mistakes in the third. Oak Bay, holding onto their lead, would find an extra gear to put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter, running up a 16 point lead and a 71-55 score with 5:09 remaining. Oak Bay would go on to finish the game with a decisive 82-62 win and a chance to advance to the big show in Langley.


Despite some creative play making the T-Birds were unable to stop the long range shooting of Oak Bay – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Player MVP’s of the game were Matt Gray (Oak Bay) and Noah Charles (Cowichan). Matt Gray scored 24 points in the Oak Bay victory.


Semi-Final #2 – Dover Bay Dolphins vs G.P. Vanier Towhees

In Semi-Final Game #2 North Island teams Dover Bay Dolphins and G.P. Vanier Towhees played to a 76-64 win in favour of Dover Bay. Both teams would take some time to calm the nerves, as both teams would exchange buckets and turnovers with Dover getting the better of Vanier early with a 15-14 lead at the end of the first period. Vanier would take advantage of a series of Dover turnovers and converting on multiple transition buckets to take a 33-27 lead to the locker room.


Ball possession was a vauable commoditiy in the game as both teams had issues with turnovers. Dolphins Jeff Webb gets two hands on this rebound – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Despite some undisciplined play in the third quarter, both teams would battle to an even 51-51 score. Dover’s Ryan MacDonald was instrumental in pulling his team even, scoring four three pointers in the 3rd quarter setting up an exciting final frame.


Dover Bay’s Jordan Gladstone tries to penetrate into the key but thinks better of it and dishes the ball off to his forward – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)


Quinn Mirau of Dover Bay tries to get the ball through the Towhees defense of Tyler Knopp (#11) and Towhees’ team game MVP Bryce Olsen (#23) – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Teams would spar back and forth early in the deciding quarter, with neither team able to make a break for a decisive run to victory. After a hard foul by Vanier’s Knopp would send the Dover’s Quinn Mirau head long into the stands and have to leave the game to gather himself, Dover Bay would find the fire to break the dead lock and go up by six points with only five minutes remaining. Dover Bay Dolphins Gladstone would pump in two well-timed 3 pointers in the last five minutes of the game, and MacDonald would add another give their team the 76-64 win.


Brandon Malon tries to dribble around Dover defender Quinn Mirau – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Game team MVPs were : Ryan MacDonald – Dover Bay ( 6 – 3 pointers )  and Byce Olsen – G.P. Vanier

Dover Bay will play Oak Bay for the Island Championship Saturday at 8 pm in Mt. Douglas Gymnasium.