Longtime Oak Bay basketball coach Gary Taylor with Mayor Nils Jensen at the Oak Bay High gym dedication ceremony.

Longtime Oak Bay basketball coach Gary Taylor with Mayor Nils Jensen at the Oak Bay High gym dedication ceremony.

Oak Bay edges Calgary on court

A pep band, halftime show with dancers and big win in the final made for a perfect weekend in the newly named Oak Bay High school gym.

A pep band, halftime show with dancers and big win in the final made for a perfect weekend in the newly named Oak Bay High school gym.

The Oak Bay High senior boys basketball team defeated Churchill, from Calgary, 93-92 in the final of the annual Gary Taylor Classic just before Christmas.

“It was a fun game for the kids to play in. The kids enjoyed themselves,” said coach Chris Franklin.

“We went through Belmont and Cowichan – one of our chief rivals on the season. We had quite a few close games in the tournament all-around. It looked like everyone benefitted from this early season competition.”

Friday night the school and fans officially dubbed the large gym at the new school the Gary Taylor court in front of a full house and with all the pomp and ceremony a naming requires.

 

“It all went well, very smoothly. We had a few alumni out from the 64-65 teams,” Franklin said. “It was a neat environment.”

Taylor, credited with building the basketball tradition at Oak Bay, gave a speech and his signature adorns the sideline on the floor.