LO wraps up the preseason by knocking off the No. 2 team in the state for the second time in 10 days

Lake Oswego's boys basketball team continued to look nearly unstoppable as the preseason wrapped up on Tuesday.

The Lakers topped nemesis Jesuit for the second time in less than two weeks, furthering the gap between Lake Oswego and the rest of the state.

In a similar fashion to the team's victory in the championship game of the Les Schwab Invitational, the Lakers fell behind early to a fired-up Jesuit squad before clamping down on defense and grinding out a 46-38 win.

Lake Oswego scored the game's first basket on a dunk by Calvin Hermanson but the Crusaders then went on a 12-0 run before coach Mark Shoff called timeout to try and right the ship.

The Lakers remained calm and shut the Crusaders out for the rest of the period, cutting the lead to 12-8 at the end of the quarter.

“We just got caught up in their pace a little bit. We told the guys that this was the same score we were behind by the last time we played them and that we were fine,” coach Mark Shoff said.

Hermanson was hobbled coming into the game with a partially sprained ankle but still made a significant impact.

“He was maybe at 50 percent but even just having him out there was big,” Shoff said.

The Lakers carried their momentum over into the second quarter, building a nine-point lead before Jesuit's Khyan Rayner drained a three-pointer late in the half to narrow the lead.

Lake Oswego continued to keep Jesuit at an arm's length, maintaining its advantage in the third period but Jesuit was relentless.

The Crusaders, in front of a vocal home crowd, cut the lead to one point with less than three minutes to play in the game and the Lakers then went into their spread offense to slow the game down further.

Lake Oswego responded with a basket by Colin Caslick, a defensive stop and another hoop by Christian McDonald to go up 42-37.

The Lakers weren't quite as effective as they could have been at closing the door on Jesuit, missing the front end of one-and-one free throws twice.

“You win games with defense and our guys take a lot of pride in that. It's nice to be able to go into a place like Jesuit and hold them to 38 points,” Shoff said.

However, even with an injured Hermanson and a less than perfect effort, the Lakers managed to knock off one of the state's top teams on the road.

“Offensively we're still not clicking like we will be later in the year. But our entire bench has been huge for us. Those guys are busting their butts in practice and playing defense on the scout team for 30 or 40 minutes straight. There's no bad apples with this group,” Shoff said.

Lake Oswego now gears up for the start of league play, traveling to Canby this Friday.

“It's a difficult place to play and they'll have a big crowed out but our kids like that,” Shoff said.

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