Oak Bay Caps Undefeated Season With Win Over SMUS

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

February 16, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Oak Bay Bays capped off a perfect 9-0 season in Lower Vancouver Island Division 1 High School basketball league play on Tuesday night by rolling to a 68-36 win over the St. Michael’s University (SMUS) Blue Jags on the Gary Taylor Court at Oak Bay High School.

Oak Bay’s Caelan Scott (6) would score 17 points Tuesday to help the Bays to victory (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Leading the way for the Bays in the win were Madhu McConnell with 20 points and Caelan Scott with 17, 14 of which came in the first half.

Other than guaranteeing the Bays their undefeated season in league play, the game meant nothing for either team, as the Bays have already clinched a spot at the Vancouver Island 4A championships at Dover Bay next week, while the now 7-2 Blue Jags will begin their South Island 2A playoffs at home on Thursday at 7:30 pm with a semi-final game against either Pacific Christian or Edward Milne who play a quarter-final game on Wednesday.

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Oak Bay’s Madhu McConnell (3) would take over the game in the third quarter Tuesday, scoring 14 of his 20 points in that frame (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Joining Oak Bay in the 4A Island Championships will be the 5-5 Belmont Bulldogs, the second seed from the South, while Claremont and Spectrum will play a wild card game on Thursday or Friday to decide the final South team that will join the Bays and Bulldogs in Dover Bay.

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Oak Bay’s Myka Tang-Blumenschein (8) soars to the basket during the first half Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

SMUS will be joined by 2A second seed Lambrick Park, who will play their semi-final game at 5:45 pm on Thursday, most likley against Parkland, who will contest their quarter-final game on Wednesday against either Glenlon Norfolk or Esquimalt.

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Of Caelan Scott’s 17 points in the game, 14 came in the first half, helping the Bays jump into a healthy half-time lead (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

With nothing much on the line, Tuesday’s game started out a little sloppy with both teams missing some easy chances and with the Blue Jags perhaps taking the Bays by surprise with an early 7-6 lead with just under four minutes to play in the opening quarter.

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St. Mike’s guard Ben Keep (5) goes up for a jumper during second half action Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Oak Bay would regroup however to take a 13-9 lead at the first break and then thanks to the 14 first-half points from Scott and some solid defence, would extend that lead to 32-19 at the half.

It would then be Madhu McConnell time, as the Oak Bay forward took over the game, scoring 14 of the Bays 26 third-quarter points to increase the lead even further, 58-30 after the third quarter.

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SMUS centre Lucas DeVries (14) would score 10 points and also dominate in the paint, here denying this scoring chance from Oak Bay’s Ben Watts-Wooldridge (2)(Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Both teams played a quiet fourth quarter, using their benches extensively to finish out the game and get as many players as possible ready for playoff action.

In addition to McConnell and Scott, the Bays received a 12 point performance from Myka Tang-Blumenschein, while SMUS was led by Ryan Hindson and Lucas DeVries, both of whom had ten points in the losing effort.

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SMUS guard Ryan Hindson (11) goes to the net for two of his ten points on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

As mentioned, the Bays now head to Dover Bay High in Nanaimo for the 4A Island finals that begin on Thursday, February 25th, while the Blue Jags will host the 2A semi-finals and 5th – 6th place game this Thursday. The 2A scene then shifts to Lambrick Park on Friday for the 3rd-4th place game at 4:00 pm and the South Island final at 5:45 pm.

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Oak Bay’s Chance Harper (13) leans in for a shot late in Tuesday’s game against the defence of SMUS Sean Lider (4) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The 3A South Island finals also get underway this week, starting Wednesday night at Mt. Douglas High School where the undefeated 10-0 Rams will play either Royal Bay or Victoria in one semi-final at 7:30 pm. That game will be preceeded by Stelly’s taking on Reynolds at 5:45 pm. The 3A 3rd-4th place game and the final then happen on Friday at Mt. Doug at 11:00 am ad 12:45 pm respectively.

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