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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

February 19, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN ) – Austin Somers and Ty Schindel put on a three-point shooting clinic to power the Lambrick Park Lions to a 50-39 win over the St. Michaels University School (SMUS) Blue Jags in the Lower Vancouver Island High School Senior Boys 2A final Friday night at Lambrick Park Secondary School in Victoria.

While not successful from the free throw line, Ty Schindel would hit six three-pointers to lead Lambrick to the Lower Island 2A win over SMUS on Friday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Both Somers and Schindel, who finished the game with with 14 and 18 points respectively, accounted for 10 of the Lions 13 three-point field goals in the game, including three each in the first quarter to give the Lions an 18-12 lead at the first break.

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Austin Somers (left) and Ty Schindel (right) hit three, three-point field goals each in the first quarter Friday to jump start the Lions on to their victory (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Their hot hand would continue in the second quarter and also become contagious, as Somers and Schindel both added another three-pointer, while Spencer Kearley and Zeke Holt also hit from long range to give the LIons a 36-26 lead at the half.

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The Blue Jags’ Sammy deVries (23) soars to the hoop for an early basket against the Lions on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Blue Jags, who received a 36-point performance from Ryan Hindson on Thursday in an impressive semi-final win over Pacific Christian, had trouble getting out of the blocks in this one, falling behind 9-2 early before battling back to tie things 12-12 at one point in the first quarter before the Lions re-took the lead.

Hindson had a very quiet first half, hitting just an early lay-up and a three-pointer to finish with just five points over the two frames. He would come around a bit in the second half to finish with 12 points on the day and lead all SMUS scorers.

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After a 36-point night Thursday, SMUS’s guard Ryan Hindson would have a relatively quiet night Friday, scoring just 12 points in the loss to the Lions (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

His seven second-half points were notable because they accounted for over half of the 13 points in total that the Blue Jags managed in the second half. Not that Lambrick did any better, scoring just 14 points in the half, six of which came on two more three-pointers from Schindel and another three from Kearley, who would finish with a seven-point night.

The defensive struggle in the second half for both sides and the apparent choice of the Lions to focus on their outside shooting, can perhaps be blamed on the great defensive play of both team’s big men, Trey Crust for Lambrick and Lucas DeVries for SMUS, who routinely swatted down a number of opposing lay-up attempts in the paint.

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SMUS centre Lucas deVries (14) was a force to be reckoned with down low, here blocking a scoring attempt by Lambrick’s Sencer Kearley in the second half Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Both teams thus chose to focus on the perimiter shooting game and the Lions won that match-up hands down, making all the difference in the game.

Lambrick’s win provides the Lions with a bit of retribution for a pair of losses to the Blue Jags during Division 1 regular season play, as well as perhaps some retribution for falling behind SMUS in both the latest Island and Provincial rankings.

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Lambrick’s Austin Somers (8) attempts a rather unconventional shot during Friday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Lions had begun the season as the #1 ranked 2A team on the Island, but were surpassed by the Lions midway through the season. Friday’s win perhaps is a sign that despite their struggles without Calvin Somers and Ben Reddy due to injury, the Lions are back and will be a contender at the Islands next week at SMUS.

In other action Friday, the Parkland Panthers played their way into the Island finals as the third seed by defeating Pacific Christian 68-53 in the third place game.

The teams went into the half with Parkland holding a narrow 25-21 lead, but they then outscored the Pacers 29-5 in the third quarter to blow the game open and secure the win.

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Lambrick’s Ty Adams (13) grimaces as he moves around SMUS defender Quinn Ngawati in Friday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Leading the way for the Panthers were Godwin Porales and Dylan Reid who each finished with 20 points. Jamil Tanzuaco also added 11. For Pacific Christian, Asher Loenen led the way with 19 points.

Pacific Christian will now play Glenlon Norfolk on Saturday in the 4th place challenge game to decide the fourth South Island seed at the Island finals. That game takes place on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm at SMUS.

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In early action Friday, Parkland’s Godwin Porales (21) would score 20 points to help the Panthers defeat Pacific Christian 68-53 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Island finals also will be hosted at SMUS and will begin on Thursday February 25th. Detailed schedule and pairings are not yet available.

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