Oak Bay Continues to Roll Along in High School Hoops

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

February 5, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Oak Bay Bays ran their Divison 1 Lower Vancouver Island High School Senior Boys’ basketball league record to a perfect 6-0 with a convincing 86-59 win over the Lambrick Park Lions on Friday night on the Gary Taylor Court at Oak Bay High School in Victoria.

Oak Bay’s Madhu McConnell (3) goes up for two of his 28 points against Lambrick Park on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Bays, who are the number one ranked 4A team on the Island and fourth ranked 4A team in the province, never trailed in this one, jumping out to an early 10-3 lead before the Lions would rebound a bit to close out the first quarter trailing the Bays 24-17.

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Oak Bay’s Isaiah Romanow (15) looks for a way to the basket unde pressure from Lambrick Parks Ty Schindel (23) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Lions, who came into today’s game at 6-2, have been getting things done with smoke and mirrors this season, considering they have been without starters Calvin Somers and Ben Reddy, who have missed most of the year with serious injuries.

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Oak Bay’s Aoi Yamaguchi (7) would score 16 points Friday, but unfortunately not on this layup attempt in the second half (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Part of that smoke and mirrors magic has come from guard Austin Somers, who has shouldered a large portion of the Lambrick offence this year, and as such, is leading the league with 177 points (heading into Friday’s game). Somers was on his game again Friday and thanks to his efforts and a six point quarter from Dawson Neal, the Lions would stay close to the Bays, heading into the half down 44-36.

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Lambrick Park’s Austin Somers (8) is leading the league in scoring and he was at it again on Friday, scoring 20 points for the Lions in the losing effort (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

That would be as close as they would come to the Bays however and in the third quarter, the Bays tandem of Jaden Touchie and Madhu McConnell, took things over, scoring a combined 21 of the Bays 25 points to increase the Oak Bay lead to 69-53 at the end of the third quarter.

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Lambrick Park’s Austin Somers (centre) grimaces as he fights through the defence of Oak Bay’s Madhu McConnell (left) and Cam Henderson (right) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Oak Bay offence continued to click in the fourth quarter, going on a 14-1 tear to begin the frame, but more importantly, the Bays defence limited the Lions to just six points in the quarter as they cruised to the 86-59 win.

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Lambrick Park’s Zeke Holt (33) and Oak Bay’s Cam Henderson (9) reach for a loose ball during second half action Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

McConnell, who finished with 28 points and Touchie, who added 19, led the way for the Oak Bay offence, while Aoi Yamaguchi added 16, most of which came via four baskets from beyond the three-point arc.

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Oak Bay’s Madhu McConnell (3) goes up for two points during second half action Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

For Lambrick, as he does most games, Austin Somers led the team with 20 points. Ty Schindel had nine, while Dawson Neal and Ty Adams each chipped in eight in the losing effort.

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Lambrick Park’s Ty Adams (13) would have an 8 point night for the Lions, including two on this shot during the third quarter on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Bays will look to continue their undefeated streak on Saturday, when they have a quick turn-around to play Spectrum at 2:00 pm at Oak Bay High. They will then close out league play with home games against Claremont on Tuesday Feb. 9 and SMUS on Tuesday Feb. 16. Start times for both games is 7:30 pm.

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Oak Bay’s Matt Griffin (11) would find it tough going, being denied here on this shot opportunity during the first half Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The now 6-3 Lions, who with their loss drop into third place in Division 1 behind the 5-1 SMUS Blue Jags, will close out their league schedule against those same Blue Jags in a game at SMUS on Tuesday Feb. 9.

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