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Lakeridge tourney snowed out

The snow and ice wreaked havoc on the Lakeridge boys' preseason schedule and the Pacers have been sent scrambling to make up games lost to the inclement weather in order to prepare for league play next week.

The biggest hit to the team's schedule was that its own tournament was cancelled and, as a result, Lakeridge lost three games and an entire week of practice.

'It certainly hurt us. We had some optional practices but couldn't get the whole team together,' coach Dave Nuss said.

Lakeridge has already rescheduled a game for Jan. 3 against Camas and is hoping to play Southridge in mid-January as well.

As a result of the time of the court, the Pacers are scrambling to get up to speed before their league opener next Tuesday against Milwaukie.

Lakeridge recently traveled to Medford for a tournament, playing in three games Monday through Wednesday.

'We're hoping to work some things out in Medford and build a little momentum,' Nuss said.

In its opening game of the tournament, Lakeridge fell to Hillsboro 79-61.

The Pacers got off to a slow start, falling behind 21-10 after the first quarter and never recovered.

'We didn't play all that well. We've had a really hard time taking care of the basketball and when you do that you have to shoot a really high percentage if you want to win,' Nuss said.

Lakeridge has also struggled from the foul line of late and will look to shore up its shooting woes in the next few games.

'That's something that usually comes just from being able to play,' Nuss said.

Michael Hoch led Lakeridge with 15 points in the game.

The Pacers took on McNary on Tuesday afternoon but results were not available at press time.