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Shot down at the lake

Jesuit sees its four-game win streak snapped at Lake Oswego last week
by: MILES VANCE, ROCKET LAUNCHER — Jesuit senior Michael Hart launches a three-pointer during his team’s 55-42 non-league loss at Lake Oswego High School last Thursday. Hart scored six points in the loss.

LAKE OSWEGO - There's talent, there's potential and plenty of high hopes for the 2007-08 version of the Jesuit boys basketball team.

After opening the year with two losses, the Crusaders (4-3) rallied with four consecutive victories, and then took a step backward at Lake Oswego last Thursday. Facing the powerful Lakers (5-2) on their home court, Jesuit shot just 29 percent in the second half and saw Lake Oswego pull away to win 55-42 at Lake Oswego High School.

It wasn't all bad, though. The Crusaders got 12 points from junior post Brenton Spickerman (he hit 4-of-6 shots from the floor, including a three-pointer), committed just 11 turnovers in the game and forced 18 with their hustling defense and full court pressure, but on this night, it just wasn't enough.

Trailing just 20-15 at halftime, the Crusaders moved even closer at the start of the third quarter when Spickerman scored inside on an assist from freshman Kyle Wiltjer to make it 20-17. But the Lakers responded with a 7-0 run to increase their edge to 27-17 on Scott Leedy's three-point play with 6 minutes, 32 seconds left in the period.

Jesuit wasn't quite done yet, though. Stephen Holt hit a jumpshot from the left baseline and Ted Coburn knocked down a shot from the free throw line to cut the Laker lead to 27-21 with 5:21 left in the quarter. Lake Oswego, however, answered with a three-pointer by Elliot Babcock-Krenk, Max Jacobsen scored in the lane, Babcock-Krenk hit another jumpshot and Catlin Blyth followed with a three-pointer from the right corner to extend Lake Oswego's edge to 37-23 with 2:21 remaining in the period.

Jesuit closed within 37-26 entering the fourth quarter, and was still down 11 at 45-34 when Wiltjer hit two free throws with 3:59 left in the game.

But from there, the Crusaders just couldn't get it done - Jesuit hit just one of its final six shots from the floor while the Lakers hit two of their last three and 4-of-8 foul shots in the final 3:23 to win.

In addition to Spickerman's 12 points, Wiltjer added eight, and Holt and Michael Hart had six each. Blyth came off the bench to lead Lake Oswego with 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field (including two 'threes') and Babcock-Krenk added 16 in the victory.