The Oak Bay Bays are off until Friday, awaiting their next opponent, but are hardly waiting around twiddling their thumbs.
“I don’t take days off,” Bays coach Chris Franklin said with a laugh, just prior to the start of the senior boys triple-A South Island basketball championship at Reynolds, where Oak Bay is considered to be the favourite in.
The Bays are the top seed, with Claremont at No. 2 and both teams will wait untill Friday to face their opening opponents.
The tournament began Wednesday night with No. 6 Stelly’s beating No. 7 Reynolds 54-41 in the play-in challenge game. Stelly’s now plays Belmont today at 5:30 p.m. at Reynolds. No. 4 Mount Douglas will play No. 5 Spectrum at 7:15 p.m. with that winner moving on against Oak Bay.
Most Victoria basketball fans are expecting a Belmont versus Claremont semifinal on the one side of the pool as the teams are 9-3 and 10-2 respectively in league play, behind just the Bays at 11-1.
“We have to concern ourselves with whoever comes out of the Mount Doug-Spectrum game,” said Franklin. “Once you start looking ahead you’ll have some serious problems on your hands.”
The Bays are ranked No. 5 in the province and their only loss in league play was a 68-53 defeat at Claremont back in mid-December. Oak Bay bounced back to beat the Spartans 65-59 on the Bays’ home court just last week.
“We’re hitting our stride and I think we’ll be OK,” added Franklin. “The biggest thing is we’re healthy and we’re happy to be healthy.”
The top four teams from this weekend will advance to the Island championship, which is slated for Feb. 28 to March 2 at Mount Douglas.
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