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Despite tragedy, Pacer center leads team to victory

BOYS BASKETBALL: Senior Graham Moredock scores a game-high 17 points

Playing with a heavy heart following the deaths of both of his grandmothers this week, senior center Graham Moredock gave an inspired effort with a game-high 17 points to lead Lakeridge to an easy 73-43 non-league victory over Sandy on Friday.

'He's had a really tough week,' Lakeridge coach Dave Nuss said of his 6-foot-9 senior post. 'He lost both of his grandmothers in a span of two days. He lost his mom's mom on Wednesday and his dad's mom passed away on Thursday.'

Because of those family tragedies, Moredock missed practice both of those days. By missing those practices, team policy required Moredock to start Friday's game on the bench.

Without the big guy inside, Lakeridge got off to a slow, going scoreless for more than two minutes to start the game. But Sandy was even colder as the visiting Pioneers waited until the 2:46 mark of the first quarter before scoring their initial basket.

By then, Moredock had already made his first appearance in the game, and shortly after entering, he hit his first shot - a 3-pointer. That put the Pacers in front 7-0. The lead then grew to 9-0 on a steal and lay-up by Kenan Ozgur.

Ozgur finished the first quarter with six points while Moredock had five, including a jump hook that gave Lakeridge a 19-7 lead as the period expired. The lead grew to 23-7 on a lay-up by Brian Luevano, who finished with 12 points.

Despite their slow start, the Pioneers trailed only 33-20 at halftime, thanks partly to seven points by Jason Hufendick in a span of five minutes. In the third quarter, Lakeridge effectively put the game away with 11 unanswered points, which gave the Pacers a 46-22 lead at the four-minute mark. Luevano led the run with five points while Moredock had four. Lakeridge (2-0) finished the game with four players in double figures, including Joe Cramer with 13 and Alex Gay with 10. Sandy (0-2) was led by Ryan Trosko with nine points.

Read more about this story in the nexty edition of the Lake Oswego Review