The Oak Bay Bays will shoot to improve their top-10 ranking in the province when they host the Gary Taylor Classic this week.
Oak Bay opens the senior boys basketball tournament in the school’s new gym when they host their cross-town rivals Belmont Bulldogs Thursday at 1:15 p.m.
The Bays were ranked sixth in B.C. heading into last week’s Emerald Tournament at Vancouver College. Oak Bay opened that tournament with a 75-64 win over the No. 2-ranked Walnut Grove Gators out of Langley. Oak Bay also knocked off Vancouver College 73-67 and downed Terry Fox 101-93.
Other teams taking part in this week’s eight-team Classic include No. 3-ranked Vancouver College Fighting Irish, Saskatchewan’s No.2-ranked Holy Cross out of Saskatoon, the always dangerous Cowichan Thunderbirds, St. Michaels University Blue Jags and Lambrick Park Lions, currently ranked second and third in AA league play, and last year’s Classic champion MEI Eagles.
The Juniors will also be in action for the Classic, opening against Belmont at 4 p.m. Thursday.
The finals are set for Saturday, with the Seniors tipping off at 6 p.m. and the Junior title game getting under way at 4:15 p.m.