BOYS BASKETBALL: Kevin Love leads Lakers to 85-35 win, clinching at least a TRL tie
Playing in the last Civil War game of his high school career, Kevin Love put on another show in front of an above-capacity crowd at Lake Oswego High School on Friday.
Love had 40 points and 18 rebounds in just three quarters of work as the Lakers buried crosstown rival Lakeridge 85-35. In the process, the Lakers clinched at least a tie for the Three Rivers League crown.
Love was virtually unstoppable all night and, when the Pacers collapsed on him in the paint, Ernie Spada was around to pick up the slack. Spada had 16 points, 14 of which came in a second quarter when the senior point guard knocked down four three-point shots.
His third three-pointer of the quarter pushed the lead to 34-4 as Lake Oswego sealed the game in a matter of minutes. The Pacers mustered a small scoring burst toward the end of the half, highlighted by Tyler Larsen's back-to-back three-pointers, the second of which turned into a four-point play.
Still, Lake Oswego led 40-13 at the half. Love had 20 points and nine rebounds in the first half and equalled those totals exactly in the third quarter alone.
Love played like he knew it was the last time he'd face Lakeridge, scoring in a variety of ways in the period. He broke through double-teams for dunks, scored on putbacks and even buried a three-pointer for good measure.
The Lakers emptied their bench in the fourth quarter and still extended the lead. Max Jacobsen had seven points and three rebounds in the quarter for Lake Oswego. The win keeps the Lakers undefeated in league, and a win on Tuesday against Oregon City will clinch the Three Rivers Leauge title outright.