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Despite a 46-point effort from Ryan Hindson (11) the SMUS Blue Jags would drop a 91-81 decision to the Harry Ainlay Titans in opening day action at the UVic Alumni Invitational High School Basketball Tournament being played at the CARSA Gym at UVic (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

December 28, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – If a local team is going to emerge victorious at the 2016 UVic Vikes Alumni Invitational High School Basketball Tournament, it will be up to the Oak Bay Bays, as they were the only local squad left standing after opening day action Wednesday at the eight team tournament being held at the CARSA Performance Gym on the UVic campus in Victoria.

Oak Bay's Isaiah Romanow (15) would score 16 points to lead the Bay to a 60-43 win over Vashon Island Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Oak Bay’s Isaiah Romanow (15) would score 16 points to lead the Bays to a 60-43 win over Vashon Island Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Bays cruised to a relatively easy 60-43 win over the Vashon Island, Washington Pirates in Wednesday’s 6:30 pm game and will now face Edmonton’s Harry Ainlay Titans in Thursday’s 8:15 pm semi-final.  The Titans advanced to the semis by defeating the SMUS Blue Jags 91-81 in the final game of the day Wednesday.

SMUS forward Ryan Hindson (11) soars through the air en route to 2 of his 46 points in a losing effort against Harry Ainlay Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
SMUS forward Ryan Hindson (11) soars through the air en route to 2 of his 46 points in a losing effort against Harry Ainlay Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In the other semi-final Thursday at 6:30 pm, the #1 ranked 4A team in the Province, Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators, will face Seattle, Washington’s Ballard Beavers.  The Gators got a scare from Kitsap, Washington’s Kingston Buccaneers, before prevailing 92-82 in the first game of the day Wednesday, while the Beavers dismantled Victoria’s Lambrick Park Lions 79-58 in game two on the day.

Walnut Grove 92     Kingston 82

In the first game of the day, the top-ranked Gators got all they could handle from a quick-moving Kingston squad who jumped into an early lead and who would hold a 23-18 lead at the end of one and a 6-point, 38-32 lead at the half.

KIngston's Gabe Gregory (24) takes the reverse layup path to the net for a pair of points while being gaurded by Walnut Gorve's Jake Cowley (32). (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Kingston’s Gabe Gregory (24) takes the reverse layup path to the net for a pair of points while being gaurded by Walnut Gorve’s Jake Cowley (32). (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Walnut Grove would re-group big time in the third quarter and after trailing 51-43 with 5:23 left in the frame, they scored 15 unanswered points and went on a 18-5 run to close out the third with a 61-56 lead.

Walnut Grove's Ty Rowell (15) soars to the hoop in game one action against Kingston. Rowell would finish with 21 points in the Gators win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Walnut Grove’s Ty Rowell (15) soars to the hoop in game one action against Kingston. Rowell would finish with 21 points in the Gators win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Gators big man, Jake Cowley, then began to dominate, scoring eight of his 25 points total in that fourth period to help hold the Buc’s at bay and preserve the 92-82 win.

Walnut Grove's Jake Cowley (32) would be fouled here by Kingston's Connor Friedel (5) but would still find a way to score 25 points to lead the Gators to a 92-82 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Walnut Grove’s Jake Cowley (32) would be fouled here by Kingston’s Connor Friedel (5) but would still find a way to score 25 points to lead the Gators to a 92-82 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In addition to Cowley, four other Gators hit double digits including Ty Rowell with 21, Azino Tyrell Urefe and James Woods with 13 each and Andrew Goertzen with 10.

For the Buccaneers, Andrew Shaw led the way with 17 points, while Gabe Gregory and Liam Young added 14 and 12 points respectively in the losing effort.

Kingston's Andrw Shaw (14) leans in for 2 of his 17 points in the loss to Walnut Grove (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Kingston’s Andrw Shaw (14) leans in for 2 of his 17 points in the loss to Walnut Grove (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Ballard 79     Lambrick Park 58

Things started well for the Island’s #3 ranked 2A Lions, as twin brothers Calvin and Austin Somers combined for a trio of three-point shots to give Lambrick an early 9-4 lead.  The Lions generate the bulk of their offence from the outside shooting of the Somers brothers and when that shooting then went cold and was combined with a number of costly Lambrick Park turnovers, the Beavers were able to dominate the quarter and emerge with a 21-16 lead at the first break.

Ballard's Valentin Boyanov (11) was unstoppable against the Lions, scoring 29 points to lead the Beavers to the win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Ballard’s Valentin Boyanov (11) was unstoppable against the Lions, scoring 29 points to lead the Beavers to the win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Also problematic for the Lions was the play of Ballard’s big man, Valentin Boyanov, who used his 6’5″ frame to full advantage, scoring eight first-quarter points and adding another seven in the second frame to extend the Ballard lead to 42-31 at the half.

Lambrick Park's Calvin Somers (10) is pressured by Ballard's Simon Czyzewski (22) in first half action Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Lambrick Park’s Calvin Somers (10) is pressured by Ballard’s Simon Czyzewski (22) in first half action Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Beavers who if anything, were remarkably consistent, scored another 21 points in the third frame, to just 11 for the Lions, to hold a 63-42 lead at the break and then coasted from there, playing even-up with the Lions over the last frame to close out the 79-58 win.

Lambrick Park's Luke DeGreef (14) puts up a shot against Ballard. DeGreef would finish with 10 points in the loss to the Beavers (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Lambrick Park’s Luke DeGreef (14) puts up a shot against Ballard. DeGreef would finish with 10 points in the loss to the Beavers (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The unstoppable Boyanov finished with 29 points on the night, while Simon Czyzewski, with 17 and Fresh Ausar, with 12, also hit double digits for Ballard.

For Lambrick Park, Calvin Somers finished with 12 points, all on three-pointers, to lead the Lions, while, Evin Gill and Luke DeGreef added 11 and 10 points respectively in the losing effort.

Ballard's Shay Curcuruto (5) heads to the net for two points in the 4th quarter of the Beavers win over Lambrick Park (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Ballard’s Shay Curcuruto (5) heads to the net for two points in the 4th quarter of the Beavers win over Lambrick Park (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Oak Bay 60     Vashon Island 43

The Bays, the Island’s #1 ranked 4A team (7th in the Province) started this one in fine fashion, jumping out to a 12-2 lead and thanks to a trio of three-pointers from star guard Jaden Touchie, held a 15-6 lead at the end of one quarter.

Oak Bay's Caelan Scott (7) heads to the hoop for 2 of his 10 points against Vashon Island (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Oak Bay’s Caelan Scott (7) heads to the hoop for 2 of his 10 points against Vashon Island (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Pirates would find their game a bit better in the second quarter, scoring 11 points to the Bays 13, to trail 28-17 at the half, but a 16-9 third quarter for the Bays put the game out of reach for the visitors from Washington.

Oak Bay's Isaiah Romanow (15) lays a shot up over the defence of Vason Island's Jahmiah Hoogen (11) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Oak Bay’s Isaiah Romanow (15) lays a shot up over the defence of Vashon Island’s Jahmiah Hoogen (11) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

They would get a bit of redemption by outscoring the Bays 17-16 in the final frame, but it would be too little, too late as the Bays cruised comfortably to the 17-point win.

Oak Bay's Jaden Touchie (4) would score 14 points in the win over Vashon Island (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Oak Bay’s Jaden Touchie (4) would score 14 points in the win over Vashon Island (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Oak Bay was led by forward Isaiah Romanow, who would finish with 16 points on the night.  Touchie would finish with 14, while Caelan Scott chipped in 10 to the winning effort.

Oak Bay's Freeman Taylor (2) drives the baseline late in the game against Vashon Island (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Oak Bay’s Freeman Taylor (2) drives the baseline late in the game against Vashon Island (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

For Vashon Island, Casper Forrest would lead the way with 18 points, while Tommy Delargy added eight in the losing effort.

Oak Bay's Valdi Alarie-Hill (11) leans in for a shot late in the game against Vashon Island (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Oak Bay’s Valdi Alarie-Hill (11) leans in for a shot late in the game against Vashon Island (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Harry Ainlay 91     SMUS 81

In an entertaining and closely played affair to close out the evening, the Harry Ainlay Titans pulled out the victory despite the performance of the day by SUMS forward Ryan Hindson, who after sitting silent for the first quarter of the game, went on to score 46 points, and almost single-handedly willed the Blue Jags to the win.

SMUS Sammy deVries (8) heads to the basket for a scoring attempt against Harry Ainlay Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
SMUS Sammy deVries (8) heads to the basket for a scoring attempt against Harry Ainlay Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Jags, who would trail 19-12 after the first quarter, turned things on in the second and thanks to Hindson’s first 15 points of the night, took a 36-34 lead before ending the half down 38-36.

SMUS forward Ryan Hindson was on firse Wednesday, soaring for 2 of his 46 points on this play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
SMUS forward Ryan Hindson was on firse Wednesday, soaring for 2 of his 46 points on this play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

An evenly played third quarter would see the Titans up their lead to 60-56 and they would extend it from there, outscoring the Jags 31-25 in the final frame to close out the 91-81 win.

Harry Ainlay's Steven Sopha (3) floats to the hoop under the check of SMUS Ryan Hindson (11) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Harry Ainlay’s Steven Sopha (3) floats to the hoop under the check of SMUS Ryan Hindson (11) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Harry Ainlay’s Ariel Mutrware led the Titans to the win with a 28-point night, while four other players, including Brandon Micklejohn (16 points), Lars Ishimwe (13 points), Sabry Phillip (11 points) and Miles Washington (10 points), also found their way into double digits.

SMUS forward Ben Keep (5) leans in for a shot attempt against Harry Ainlay Wednesday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
SMUS forward Ben Keep (5) leans in for a shot attempt against Harry Ainlay Wednesday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

For SMUS, Hindson’s 46-point performance was truly amazing, given he did not start the game and scored no points in the first quarter. He scored 15 in each of the second and third quarters and added another 16 in the fourth.  Nineteen of his points alone came from the free-throw line where he finished 19-25 on the night.  Two other Blue Jags quietly hit double figures for the evening including Ben Keep, with 13 points and Jamison Schulz-Franco with 10.

Harry Ainlay's Ariel Mutrware (4) would lead the Titans with 28 points in the win against SMUS (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Harry Ainlay’s Ariel Mutrware (4) would lead the Titans with 28 points in the win against SMUS (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Play at the UVic Invitational continues Thursday with consolation match-ups at 3:00 pm (Kingston vs Lambrick Park) and 4:45 pm (Vashon Island vs SMUS), with the semi-finals taking place at 6:30 pm (Walnut Grove vs Ballard) and 8:15 pm (Oak Bay vs Harry Ainlay).  On Friday, consolation games go at 9:00 am and 10:45 am, the third place game will happen at 12:30 pm and the championship final will take place at 2:15 pm.

All games are taking place at the CARSA Gym at UVic.

He shoots, He scores! No matter the shot, SMUS Ryan Hindson had a tough time missing Wednesday, putting up 46 points in the loss to Harry Ainlay (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
He shoots, He scores! No matter the shot, SMUS Ryan Hindson had a tough time missing Wednesday, putting up 46 points in the loss to Harry Ainlay (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

More photos from these games will be available on Christian J. Stewart’s web site at http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/basketball.  Follow Christian on Twitter at @cjs_photography and ISN at @islandsports1.

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