Despite being without its starting point guard, Lake Oswego knocked off its cross-town rivals from Lakeridge 58-39 on Friday, keeping the team unbeaten in league and tied for first place.
Ernie Spada, the team's second-leading scorer, missed the first game of his high school career with an illness but the Lakers were able to compensate early on. Taylor Marr scored the eight of his team's first 10 points and Lake Oswego dominated the boards early en route to a 15-2 lead.
Senior post Kevin Love got off to a slow start as Lakeridge's double and, sometimes, triple-team coverage forced him to shoot jumpers in the early going. Kyle Lavender, starting in place of Spada tallied three early assists to help give his team a 10-point advantage at the end of the first period.
Love's cold spell continued early in the second stanza but the Lakers kept feeding him inside and managed eight points in the period. But the Pacers knocked down three, three-pointers in the quarter, including one by Josh Little which cut the deficit to nine points.
Lakeridge's Graham Moredock also had five rebounds in the period, holding his own against Love.
The Pacers came out of the locker room with renewed energy and quickly cut into the lead even further. Moredock converted a three-point play and, moments later, Brian Luevano knocked down a three to make the lead 32-26.
Lakeridge eventually made it a four-point game on a lay-in by Joe Cramer but Love's dominance on the boards kept the Lakers in the lead. Love scored his team's first eight points of the half and also pulled down seven rebounds in the period. A late spurt by the Lakers, including Marr's third three-pointer of the game, gave Lake Oswego an 11-point lead with one quarter to play.
The Pacers kept up their intensity in the fourth quarter and drew Love's third foul. Still trailing by double digits, Lakeridge fed Moredock inside and, on consecutive possessions, he drew contact from Love but no foul was called and the resulting frustration allowed the Lakers to pull away.
Love scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers preserve the win. For the game, Love had 29 points and 18 rebounds and Marr added 12 points to the effort. Moredock had 11 points and five rebounds for Lakeridge and Luevano had 13 points.
Lake Oswego: 16 12 13 17: 58
Lakeridge: 6 14 10 9: 39