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Pacer boys break long streak against LO

Lakeridge picks up a huge league victory over its rival behind Jake Spurgeon's 33

Photo Credit: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Keaton Wood soars toward the hoop to put up a floater during the Pacers' victory over Lake Oswego at home on Tuesday.The Lakeridge boys basketball team, searching for a signature win, or perhaps one that could springboard the team as it jockeys for position in an exceptionally deep Three Rivers League, may have found just that last Tuesday at home.

The Pacers fended off multiple charges from Lake Oswego, getting a 33-points outburst from Jake Spurgeon and knocked off their rivals for the first time in a decade.

Spurgeon drained six three-pointers in the game and the Pacers hit enough big shots to pull out a game that they controlled practically from start to finish.

The teams started off trading baskets in a fast-paced opening quarter. Jazz Johnson scored Lake Oswego's first seven points and, Lakeridge freshman Immanuel Allen countered on the other end with three straight hoops for his team.

After Spurgeon's first three-pointer of the game, the Pacers would go up 13-7. However, Lake Oswego rebounded with a 9-0 run, getting seven of the points in that period from Brett Graver.

Lake Oswego would go up 16-13 before another late three-pointer from Spurgeon tied the game at the end of the first quarter.

The Lakers would score the first five points of the second quarter, all coming from Zach Parker as they grabbed their largest lead of the game.

However, Lakeridge quickly tied it with five straight points of its own. The Pacers cracked down on defense late in the quarter and slowly started to build a lead.

Keaton Wood scored five straight points and Spurgeon had his team's final two baskets of the half as Lakeridge went up 33-29.

The Pacers upped the lead to eight points early in the third quarter but could never quite shake Lake Oswego.

Max Dinesen, joining the Lakers for the first time this season after recovering from an injury, started to come to life, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the second half.

Lakeridge made a concerted effort to slow down Johnson and Lake Oswego started working the abll inside to both Dinesen and Drew Todd.

But every time the Lakers started to make a run to close the game, Spurgeon had an answer. He hit back-to-back threes for the Pacers, one of which was a four-point play and, after scoring late in the period, helped Lakeridge build a 53-45 lead with just eight minutes left.

However, the Pacers have struggled at times this year at putting teams away. Todd scored the first two baskets of the fourth quarter to quickly cut the lead to four points and, after the Pacers hit one of two free throws, Johnson knocked down a pair from the foul line to make it a three-point game.

Lakeridge would push the lead to eight points again following a huge three-pointer from Ian Gaekwad, his lone field goal of the game and, after a free throw from Allen, the Pacers led by nine, their biggest of the game.

But the Lakers weren't finished. Parker converted a three-point play and, after Lakeridge missed the front end of a one-and-one, Parker scored again to cut the lead to 62-58.

The Pacers struggled from the foul line in the fourth quarter, going 4-for-9 in the middle of the period to keep Lake Oswego in the game.

Johnson made a drive to cut the lead to three points and then drained an NBA-range three-pointer to make it 65-63 with less than 15 seconds to play.

Lakeridge inbounded the ball to McKay Burg who calmly drained a pair of free throws to all but seal the win.

Johnson's final desperation three-pointer was off target and Spurgeon pulled down the rebound to secure the victory.

It was a huge win for the Pacers who moved to 2-2 in league and will travel to Sherwood Friday. The Lakers and Pacers are currently ranked No. 13 and 14 in the state respectively by the OSAA.

Lake Oswego will take on West Linn on Friday at home.

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