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LO boys sweep Civil War, remain in 2nd

by: Vern Uyetake, 
Lakeridge’s Chris Hoch looks to keep the ball away from Nick Rulli during round two of the Civil War last week. Lake Oswego won the game 70-49.

When these teams met previously, Lakeridge turned in one of its best outings of the season in a game that wasn't decided until the final possession.

This time, the favored Lakers took care of business with a 70-49 win heading into a showdown for first place against Oregon City.

Lake Oswego jumped out to a quick lead, doubling up the Pacers in the first quarter 22-11 and never looked back from that point.

'They played really well. They executed on offense and were definitely fired up,' Pacer coach Dave Nuss said.

Earlier in the year, Lakeridge shot the lights out against the Lakers and, as a result, Lake Oswego made a concerted effort to tighten up its perimeter defense this time around. And the Lakers responded, extending the lead to 37-22 at the half.

'Lakeridge didn't hit the shot that they got and we played with a lot more energy (than in earlier games). When we do that, we're a pretty good team,' Laker coach Mark Shoff said.

Lake Oswego thwarted Lakeridge's comeback attempt in the third quarter as Elliot Babcock-Krenk, Marcus Anthony and Nick Halberg all hit outside shots which spread the defense.

That allowed for post Max Jacobsen to have a big night inside. Jacobsen scored a game-high 20 points and the Lakers were able to go on cruise control in the final quarter.

'They had guys hit some big 3's and we tried to do a better job on Max. We had a decent third quarter but they stretched their lead out pretty quickly,' Nuss said.

Lakeridge got a balanced scoring effort with nine players contributing but no one got into double figures.

On Tuesday, the Pacers looked to salvage a season split against a Milwaukie team that is suddenly playing very solid basketball. The Mustangs nearly upset Clackamas and pulled off a double-overtime win over Milwaukie last week.

The Pacers and Mustangs went back and forth all evening with each team's leading scorer turning in an epic evening.

Milwaukie's post Jon Opperud scored 27 points while Lakeridge'd Tyler Larsen went for 32 in the game.

The contest was knotted at 36 at the half and the Pacers took a three-point lead into the final stanza. However, the Mustangs rallied and forced overtime. And, just like they did against West Linn, Milwaukie prevailed with a 71-67 victory.

The Pacers take on Clackamas in their final league game on Friday.

Game scoring

Lake Oswego 22 15 16 17: 70

Lakeridge 11 11 11 16: 49

Lake Oswego:

Jacobsen 20, Babcock-Krenk 15, Anthony 13, Halberg 8, Leedy 5, Rulli 3, Blyth 2, Brady 2, Reader 2, Otto, Randall, Sweigart.

Lakeridge:

M. Hoch 8, Little 7, Larsen 7, Kibler 6, Nelson 5, Maurer 5, Simon 3, Breedlove 2, Higgins 2, Wippert, Hertz, Trumbull.