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Kingsmen 63 Pacers 52

The Pacer boys were likely going to need some luck to qualify for the playoffs this year anyway after a 1-5 start through the first half of league.

However, the team's loss to Putnam on Tuesday ended those chances. Putnam was the only team that Lakeridge beat in league but, since then, the Kingsmen have caught fire and find themselves with a slim lead for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Three Rivers League.

Lakeridge jumped out to a slim lead early in the game, taking a four-point advantage into the second quarter but Putnam dominated the next two periods.

The Kingsmen had four players score in double-figures, using a balanced attack to take over the lead.

Putnam led by three points at the half and then quickly extended that lead coming out of the locker room.

The Kingsmen built a double-digit lead heading into the final period and then held the Pacers off en route to the victory. Josh Little led Lakeridge with 18 points.

Lakeridge takes on Lake Oswego at home this Friday. When the two teams met previously, the Pacers put together one of their best games of the season in a game that went down to the final possession.

Pioneers 86 Pacers 45

Top-ranked Oregon City has been playing some of its best basketball of the season of late and they showed that last Thursday.

The Pioneers took a 16-point lead over Lakeridge in the opening eight minutes and never looked back as their high-powered offense proved nearly impossible to stop.

Josh Little had 12 points for Lakeridge and Tyler Larsen added 10.

Lakers 68 Mustangs 52

This year, there really isn't a doormat in the Three Rivers League and Lake Oswego found that out on Tuesday when they survived a scare against Milwaukie.

The Mustangs stayed within one possession of Lake Oswego until the closing minutes of the game before the Lakers clamped down on defense.

Lake Oswego got off to a good start and appeared to be on the verge of blowing Milwaukie out, taking a 30-20 lead at halftime. Max Jacobsen was tough to stop in the paint as he led all scorers with 21 points.

But Jacobsen picked up his third foul in the third quarter and Milwaukie started knocking down jump shots. Suddenly it was a one-point game and the Lakers needed to rebound with one quarter to play.

'We went flat and they started playing with confidence. It was anybody's game for a while,' Laker coach Mark Shoff said.

Lake Oswego received a strong effort on both sides of the ball by Catlin Blyth and the Lakers got a solid team effort in the closing minutes as multiple players stepped up to fill in for the ailing Marcus Anthony and Cody Randall.

'This team finds a way to win. They got after it and I was happy with how we responded,' Shoff said.

Lakers 70 Kingsmen 36

It was possibly Lake Oswego's best game of the year last Thursday when the team dominated an upstate Putnam squad from the opening tip.

Nick Halberg hit four three-pointers in the first quarter for Lake Oswego to instantly send Putnam reeling and the team executed its offense for the entire game, never giving the Kingsmen a chance to recover.

'We still made some mistakes but our energy level was so high that we could make up for them,' Shoff said.

The team took a 31-15 lead at the half as Elliot Babcock-Krenk led all scorers with 23 points.

Putnam came into the game with a two-game winning streak and, after playing Lake Oswego tough earlier in the year, was looking for an upset.

'I thought we were in for a dogfight but we had a great team effort,' Shoff said.

The win kept the Lakers in second place and still within striking distance of a league title.

Westside 70 Dayton 53

The Eagles clinched the second seed in the West Valley League with its victory over Dayton.

The victory helped Westside earn a first-round bye in the league playoffs and the Eagles will now take on either Colton or Amity in the semifinals of the league playoffs this Friday at home.

Pacers 67 Kingsmen 53

It was a must-win game for Lakeridge if the team wanted to stay in contention for a playoff berth and the Pacers had to play it with three of their best players dealing with injuries.

Lexi Ross missed the game due to a bad back and Kai Schmidt and Courtney Bird played with pain. Lakeridge used a huge third quarter to pull away from the pesky Kingsmen.

Leading by nine, the Pacers outscored Putnam 28-13 in the third stanza and cruised to victory. Schmidt led all scorers in the game with 20 points to go along with five rebounds.

'This was a big game for us to come out and execute well even though we were hurting,' Pacer coach Mike Melin said.

Kiersten McNairy had a tremendous game on her 18th birthday, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Kayla Glanville just missed out on a double-double with 11 points and nine boards.

Lakeridge's biggest game of the year comes this Friday when the Pacers host Lake Oswego.

A win will tie the teams up for the final playoff berth in the league.

'We know that if we get them we have a chance,' Melin said.

Pioneers 73 Pacers 29

With a banged up team, Lakeridge was simply no match for Oregon City last Thursday. The Pioneers took a 19-point lead at the break and then held the Pacers to just four points in the third quarter to seal the win.

'If you're not healthy, Oregon City's even more tough than normal and they had their way with us,' Melin said.

Oregon City is undefeated in league and the loss didn't hurt the Pacers' playoff chances. Glaville led Lakeridge with eight points and McNairy added seven.

Lakers 68 Milwaukie 52

Lake Oswego did what it needed to do on Tuesday and avoided a potential trap game against Milwaukie to come away with a victory. The Lakers needed the win to stay ahead of Lakeridge for the league's fourth and final playoff berth.

The Lakers built virtually their entire margin of victory in the first quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 23-8.

Lake Oswego pushed the lead to over 20 after the third quarter and had three players score in double figures.

Lake Oswego's two top scorers led the team again as Becky Luetjen poured in 19 points and Shannon Reader added 17. Meanwhile, Miranda Babcock-Krenk added 11 as 12 players saw action in the contest.

Lakers 59 Kingsmen 39

Last Thursday, Lake Oswego used another solid opening quarter to stymie visiting Putnam. The Lakers scored 20 points in the first eight minutes but then went into a bit of a drought.

Lake Oswego only scored five points in the second quarter as Putnam cut the lead to eight points.

But the Lakers responded after the break, outscoring the Kinsgmen by 13 in the third stanza to putthe game away.

Luetjen again led Lake Oswego with 21 points. Kate Childs addd 11 and Reader had 10 for the Lakers who can all but clinch a playoff berth with a win this Friday over cross-town rival Lakeridge.

Westside 51 Gervais 37

The Lady Eagles knocked off Gervais in the West Valley League playoffs. Westside tied for second in the league after the regular season and the important victory propelled the team into tonight's showdown at Willamina.

With a victory tonight (Thursday) against the team currently tied with Westside, the Eagles would move on to the league's championship gam.e.