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Gophers' playoff road hits a dead-end in Lake Oswego

BOYS BASKETBALL - Top-ranked Lakers win second-round game 71-40
by: David Ball, Gresham guard Travis Dorn squeezes past Lake Oswego defender Taylor Marr during the Lakers' 71-40 playoff win Saturday night.

LAKE OSWEGO - The Gresham boys basketball team fell behind early and never recovered during a 71-40 loss against No. 1-ranked Lake Oswego in a second round playoff game Saturday night.

The Gophers tried to slow the pace at the start of the game, making 21 passes before launching a shot on its opening possession. But missed shots and turnovers doomed the game plan, as Lake Oswego jumped to a 21-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Standout center Kevin Love converted a three-point play shortly after tip-off, and the Lakers extended their margin on back-to-back 3-pointers by Ernie Spada and Kyle Lavender to end the period.

Gresham made a small charge early in the second quarter when Travis Dorn and Michael Wohlers hit treys from opposite corners of the court.

The sharp shooting cut the gap to 27-13, but Gresham ended the half with a series of one-pass possessions. The quicker pace worked into Lake Oswego's hands, as the defending champs went on an 11-3 spurt to put the game out of reach by halftime.

Love put an exclamation point on the scoring spree by slamming home an alley-oop dunk just before the buzzer sounded. He led all players with 36 points, while Wohlers led Gresham with 18.

Look for extended game coverage in the Wednesday, March 7, issue of the Gresham Outlook.