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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

January 19, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It’s a good thing for the St. Michaels University (SMUS) Blue Jags that Ryan Hindson came ready to play on Tuesday night. The speedy Grade 11 guard scored 14 of his game-leading 26 points in the first quarter, propelling the Blue Jags to a 69-58 win over the Lambrick Park Lions in South Vancouver Island Division 1 High School basketball league play at Lambrick Park Secondary in Victoria.

Although he would be denied here by Lambrick Park defenders Zeke Holt (33) and Spencer Kearley (7), SMUS guard Ryan Hindson (11) would score 14 first quarter points to propel the Blue Jags to a 69-58 win over the Lions (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Blue Jags used the sharp-shooting of Hindson to jump out to a 15-0 lead before the Lions finally hit their first field goal. St. Michael’s extended the lead to 19-2 before Lambrick finally started to find their game, going on a 10-3 run to close out the quarter with the Jags in the lead 22-12.

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SMUS guard Jasper Bosley (10) puts up a shot against the defence of Lambrick’s TY Schindel (23) and Spencer Kearley (7) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Lions would continue to battle hard in the second, outscoring the Blue Jags 18-17 to close the gap to 39-30 at the half, but a 10-2 run by St. Michael’s to start the third quarter bumped the lead back up to 17 points, at 49-32, and the rout appeared to be on.

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SMUS guard Jamison Schulz-Franco, who would finish with 12 points, finds the first-half going tough against the defence of Lambrick Park forward Ty Adams (13) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The hosts would not say die however and after they cut the lead to 55-41 at the end of the third quarter, they went on a 15-5 run to start the fourth and cut the SMUS lead to 60-56, the smallest Blue Jag lead of the game.

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Lambrick Park’s Trey Crust goes up for two of his 13 points in the 69-58 loss to the Blue Jags (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Then mild disaster struck the Lions. Already injury ridden and missing key players including guard Calvin Somers, who is out for the season with a knee injury, Lambrick’s team leader and Calvin’s brother Austin, who led Lambrick scorers Tuesday with 19 points, went down with an ankle injury with just under four minutes to play and did not return.

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Lambrick Park had a tough time scoring from down low Tuesday, as SMUS defender Lucas DeVries (14) was a force in the paint, here denying Ty Adams (13) (left) and Zeke Holt (33) (right) from their scoring chances (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Somers backcourt leadership and defensive pressure were noticeably missing after that, as SMUS took advantage of his absence to go on a 9-2 run to close out the game and seal the 69-58 win.

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SMUS guard Ryan Hindson was hot Tuesday, scoring 14 first quarter points en route to a 26-point night and leading the Blue Jags to the 69-58 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In addition to Hindson’s 26 points, which led all scorers, the Blue Jags received a 12-point night from Jamison Schulz-Franco and a 9-point evening from Bryn Haydock. For Lambrick, Trey Crust hit double figures with 13 points, while Ty Schindel, who came up no worse for wear after scarily banging the back of his head hard on the floor after a collision, added nine in the losing effort.

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Lambrick Park guard Austin Somers (8), here driving past SMUS forward Sammy deVries (23), would score 19 points for the Lions before leaving the game late with an ankle injury (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The SMUS win vaults the Blue Jags to a 3-1 record in league play, bumping them up into a tie for second in Division 1 with the Lions, who with losses in their last two league games, now sit at 3-2.