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Mustangs lose the monkey

Milwaukie breaks a 10-game losing skid with a 47-44 win over Lakeridge

MILWAUKIE - The Milwaukie Mustangs got the monkey off their backs on Friday, as they snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 47-44 Three Rivers League boys basketball victory over Lakeridge.

It was the Mustangs' first win since Dec. 11, when they dropped Sandy 67-41 in a preseason blowout.

'It helps to get Andre back,' said Milwaukie coach Kyle Bracy. 'Defensively, he's our stopper. He takes our team to another level.'

Andre Dickson returned to the hardcourt on Friday for the first time since Dec. 11. The 6-3 junior forward had been out of action because of eligibility issues.

'The kids felt good to finally put one in the win column,' said Bracy. 'They're hoping to put together a winning streak.'

Bracy said that Dickson made some huge plays at the offensive end in Friday's game with the Pacers, snagging a couple of offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter that he and his teammates turned into baskets.

The Mustangs trailed the Pacers 34-32 heading into the final period.

Senior post Jon Opperud played a solid game, scoring a team-high 11 points and corralling eight rebounds.

Senior point guard Sam Hanthaley sparked the Mustang offense with nine points and five assists.

Dickson came off the bench to score eight points.

Lakeridge senior wing Tyler Larsen carried his team on his back, scoring a game-high 22 points.

The Mustangs (4-12, 1-4) have their work cut out for them this Friday, when they do battle with top-ranked Oregon City (15-1, 4-0) on the road.

Milwaukie entertains Putnam next Tuesday.

With the loss to Milwaukie, Lakeridge slipped to 1-4 in league (6-9 overall). The Pacers were to play Clackamas (11-3, 3-1) on Tuesday (Jan. 29) in their final game of the first round of league.