The Oak Bay Bays face GP Vanier (Courtenay) during the third day of the 2019 UVic Vikes men’s basketball alumni

Oak Bay Bays scratch out a win on final day of UVic basketball tourney

Big high schools Fredericton, Centennial clash in UVic final

The Oak Bay Bays only took one win, but they gained a lot just by being in the 2019 UVic Vikes men’s basketball alumni senior boys high school tournament.

Two of the pre-tournament favourites, Fredericton of New Brunswick and Centennial of Coquitlam met in the final, with Fredericton pulling out a 103-100 win at UVic’s Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities.

Oak Bay was up seven points 75-68 with three minutes left at noon on Monday when GP Vanier roared back to make it 77-75. After surrendering most of the lead, the Bays got lucky as Vanier’s Peter Greaves – who led the Towhees with 31 points – drove the floor and could easily have tied the game himself. Instead, Greaves’ last-second pass surprised a teammate and it went out of bounds off Vanier with about seven seconds left.

Lucas Maffia had 21 for the Bays with and Chris Horwood had 22.

Sharpshooting Grade 9 Griffin Arnatt continued to impress with six of his eight points at the free throw line.

“He should probably shoot more,” Maffia said. “That’s the thing with the young guys on our team. They’re good. If they get a look, they should shoot more. It’s confidence that comes from playing.”

READ MORE: Oak Bay basketball star sets new provincial record

READ ALSO: UVic Vikes land prize Oak Bay basketball recruit

During the game, Bays coach Chris Franklin could be heard stressing the strategy of the Bays’ offensive zone ‘cuts.’

The Bays are improving every time they play, but it was a particularly valuable opportunity to play teams such as the Vernon Panthers, which edged Oak Bay 78-66 on Saturday, Franklin said. The Belmont Bulldogs defeated the Bays on Sunday, 73-66.

“This is one of the best high school tournaments in Canada, we are fortunate to have [Ian] Hyde-Lay and Phil [Ohl] put this on,” Franklin added. “[The final] has Centennial vs. Fredericton, that’s a final with two big teams that you don’t see at many [high school] tournaments in Canada.

“Outside of the provincials at the Langley Event Centre, there are no tournaments in a facility like UVic’s CARSA,” Franklin said.

Claremont opened with a 81-50 win over Vanier but lost 73-63 to Centennial in the semifinal. Claremont fell 87-79 to Vancouver College in the bronze-medal game.

reporter@oakbaynews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Oak Bay player Griffin Arnatt at the free-throw line against GP Vanier. Oak Bay won the game 78-76, their only win in three games at the 2019 UVic Vikes men’s basketball alumni senior boys high school tournament. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Just Posted

Wet’suwet’en supporters occupying legislature in Victoria set press conference

Demonstrators have been occupying the legislature since Monday despite injunction

UPDATED: Demonstrators plan to shut down Pat Bay Highway Wednesday afternoon

Adam Olsen, MLA, says issue should be taken to province, not communities

Wear your rose-coloured glasses for the second annual Pink Shirt Gala

Anti-bullying event promises pink drinks, food and shirts

Pink Shirt Day originator to speak at Monterey school in Oak Bay

Travis Price continues anti-bullying movement with Island tour

Rail disruptions expected to continue after new protest sites emerge

Nationwide rail and road blockades have been popping up for weeks

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

COLUMN: Forestry no longer close to top of B.C.’s economy

Our reactions to a forestry downturn reflect the past, not the present

Caught on camera: Police release video of man who allegedly stole seaplane in Vancouver

Police say the man broke into the Harbour Air terminal and then got into one of the seaplanes in the harbour

51 health professionals send letter to Trudeau, Horgan panning northern B.C. pipeline

They point to studies about the health and climate change risks from pipeline

Fake meat and a latte? Starbucks adds Beyond Meat in Canada

The Seattle roaster has talked about introducing plant-based patties in the U.S., but has yet to do so

Most Read