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Pacer boys top OC in a thriller


Lakeridge fends off two comebacks to finally put away the Pioneers in double overtime

The regular season for the Lakeridge boys basketball team started in about the most dramatic way imaginable on Friday. Oregon City rallied twice to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation and the first overtime before a three-pointer by Jack Misell late in the second extra period finally put the Pioneers away, giving Lakeridge a 60-59 victory.

“I was pleased with the way we didn't fold when they kept making runs,” coach Dane Walker said.

The first half was defined by runs from both teams. Lakeridge scored the game's first six points but Oregon City responded with a 13-4 run to lead 15-10 after the opening stanza.

The Pacers were cold from the outside to start the game but did a nice job getting the ball to Patrick Jaco in the paint for some easy hoops.

Lakeridge's defense clamped down in the second period and both teams struggled with turnovers. However, the Pacers finally started to heat up late in the first half. Madison Pihl and Reggie Oliver each hit three-pointers as Lakeridge closed the half on a 10-0 run and led 24-20 at the break.

“Defensively this was probably one of our best efforts of the season,” Walker said.

The turnovers continued for both teams in the third quarter and neither squad could separate themselves as the Pacers clung to a 36-34 advantage with one period to play.

The fourth quarter was tense from the very beginning with Oregon City hitting a quick three-pointer to grab the lead. Oliver answered with a steal and a lay-up and Pihl would later tally a steal and convert a three-point play to put the Pacers up 44-42.

After Oregon City tied the game with a lay-up, the Pacers turned it over and the Pioneers seemed content to try and hold for a final shot. However, Eric Dungey jumped a pass for a steal and threw the ball ahead to Oliver for a lay-up to give Lakeridge a two-point lead with 45 seconds to play.

The Pioneers then missed badly on a three-point attempt and Jaco corralled the rebound. However, Lakeridge missed the front end of a one-and-one at the free throw line, giving the ball back to the Pioneers.

Oregon City missed an open three-pointer but retained possession with two seconds to play. The Pioneers then banked in a shot off the inbounds pass to tie the gave and send it to overtime.

Lakeridge appeared to be firmly in command from the outset of the first extra period when Oliver and Michael Walker each hit three-pointers.

However, Lakeridge struggled tremendously from the free throw line down the stretch, allowing Oregon City to stay in the game.

“That was really uncharacteristic for us and something we haven't really dealt with this season,” Walker said.

A banked three-pointer made it 55-53 with 14.2 seconds left. The Pacers then missed a pair of free throws and the Pioneers went coast to coast for a lay-up to keep the game going.

In the second extra period, Oregon City grabbed a two-point lead after hauling in an offensive rebound and scoring. However, the Pioneers turned the ball over with the lead with 30 seconds to play. Lakeridge found Jack Misell in the corner and he drained a three-pointer to give Lakeridge a 60-59 lead.

The Pioneers ran out of magic in the final seconds, missing two shots on their final possession as the Pacers held on.

“It was good to come in here and get a win, especially when we felt like we let one get away here last year,” Walker said.

Lakeridge then nearly pulled off a shocker against No. 5 West Linn on Tuesday, taking a lead into the fourth quarter before coming up just short 63-54.

The Pacers and Lions each got off to a blistering start offensively. Lakeridge attacked the Lions inside and had success for most of the evening.

The Pacers hit six of their first seven shots while West Linn drained six three-pointers in the first quarter to lead 24-18 early.

But Lakeridge quickly tightened up its defense and chipped away at the lead in the third period. Misell opened the quarter with a three-pointer and a hoop and foul by Oliver tied the score.

Lakeridge only trailed by one point at the half and grabbed the lead early in the third period, capitalizing on three straight West Linn turnovers.

Madison Pihl had a big game for Lakeridge, out-hustling the Lions for rebounds and finishing the night with 19 points and nine boards.

The Pacers built a three-point lead heading into the fourth quarter but West Linn wouldn't go quietly.

The Lions tied the game with a three-pointer early in the quarter and fed their post Ryan Shearmire, who the Pacers had held scoreless for the first half.

Lakeridge went cold at an inopportune time and didn't get a field goal until the final minute of the quarter.

West Linn hit its free throws and sealed the narrow win.

The Lakeridge girls got off to a tough start in league play against top-ranked Oregon City. The Pioneers' vaunted press hurt Lakeridge early. The Pioneers put up 35 points in the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 97-19 win.

The Pacers fared much better on Tuesday against West Linn. The Lions opened up with an 11-0 run but Lakeridge got back in the game with three-pointers from Colleen Ellis, Kira Wall and Hope Daskalos.

Lakeridge trailed 20-9 after the first quarter but continued to stay close in the second period. West Linn hurt the Pacers in the paint, pulling down offensive rebounds and getting put-backs. But the Pacers' defense was solid and the team trailed 33-19 at the half.

West Linn put the game away early in the third quarter, starting the second half on a 20-2 run, which was stopped by a three-pointer from Shekina Boe.

Lakeridge refused to give up though. The Pacers opened the fourth quarter on a 13-2 run of their own, highlighted by two three-pointers from Ellis and strong defense by Natalie Bristol.