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The Oak Bay High School basketball team, the Bays, nearly won the Gary Taylor Classic basketball tournament that they hosted last weekend. They ended up one basket shy of the tournament win.

The Bays started the tournament with a dominating performance over Wellington High School of Nanaimo on Thursday, Dec. 15. On Friday, they defeated St. Michael’s University School (SMU). Oak Bay then got to meet Sir Winston Churchill High School for the tournament championship game Saturday, the same team they met in the 2015 edition.

The final Score was 71-69 Sir Winston Churchill, which is a Calgary area school. The rivalry is tight between these two teams as in 2015, the two tipped off with the Bays winning by a single point.

Next on the calendar is the Dec. 28 to 30 Senior Boys Basketball Invitational, hosted by the Vikes Alumni and Passion Sports at UVic’s CARSA Performance Gym.

The Bays are ranked ninth overall in the province in the toughest category, AAAA.

BC AAAA Rankings
Walnut Grove Gators (Langley) (LW-1)
Kelowna Owls (4)
St. George’s Saints (Vancouver) (2)
Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey) (HM)
Kitsilano Blue Demons (Vancouver) (5)
Holy Cross Crusaders (Surrey) (6)
Oak Bay Bays (Victoria) (9)
Burnaby South Rebels (3)
Vancouver College Fighting Irish (7)
Semiahmoo Totems (Surrey) (HM)

There are no Greater Victoria area schools ranked in the top-10 of the AAA category as of December 15, however, the Vic High Totems are 3-0 in league play and should move onto the list.

In the AA rankings, Victoria’s SMU is ranked number one in the province for the second week in a row, Brentwood College is in second, while the Lambrick Park Lions are eighth province-wide and the Parklands Panthers earn honourable mentions.

In a recent tournament (not counted in the league play) the Totems went two for three with wins over Royal Bay 61-51, Edward Milne 57-51 and a nail-biter of a loss to Reynolds, who they have defeated in league play. Totems lost to the Roadrunners 55-52. They came from behind and nearly took the game after spending the first half trying man-on-man defence, experimenting with the pick and roll as well as trying out the full-court press.

“We are always working on and changing things in our system so that we have more in our arsenal to deal with teams who play different styles,” said Team Manager, Tak Niketas.

“The more games they play, the better they get. They are really learning the game well and it shows.”

There is plenty of basketball coming up in December through February. The Totems will host the AAA Island Championships at the end of February – see tournament schedule here.