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Pacer boys pull away from Cavaliers


Reggie Olivers 34 points spark Lakeridge to another TRL victory

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Reggie Oliver draws contact while putting up a lay-in during the Pacers' win over Clackamas last week.The Lakeridge boys couldn't have picked a better time to be playing some of their best basketball of the season. The Pacers moved to 3-1 in league with an impressive 70-59 victory at Clackamas last Friday and now get ready to square off against No. 1 Lake Oswego.

Reggie Oliver's 34 points led the way for the Pacers who used a 10-0 run to open the fourth quarter to essentially seal the game.

“Reggie's definitely been a blessing for us this year. He had it going tonight and we had multiple guys who hit big shots,” coach Dane Walker said.

Up until that point, the game was exceptionally evenly matched. Lakeridge held the slight upperhand for the majority of the contest but could never gain much breathing room against the Cavaliers.

“This is a team that's still getting better. I think our defense is improving and every win we can get in league is a big one,” Walker said.

Oliver carried Lakeridge on offense for much of the contest, hitting big three-pointers and picking and choosing his opportunities to take the ball to the basket.

The Pacers also received one of their better defensive efforts of the year, particularly during their crucial run to take control of the game in the fourth quarter.

“I was very happy with our defensive intensity and how we continued to push it up the court. We knew we had to step on their throats when we had the chance,” Oliver said.

Lakeridge has struggled at times to close out games this year, but the Pacers put the clamps down on defense in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to turn a three-point lead into 13.

Lakeridge forced tough shots and boxed out well for rebounds and the key play of the game occurred on a fourth-quarter breakaway.

Eric Dungey was going up for a lay-in and was fouled hard, sending him to the ground. Clackamas was whistled for a flagrant foul and Dungey hit one of two free throws.

Lakeridge retrained possession and Michael Walker then hit a baseline three-pointer and was fouled in the process. He completed the four-point play, turning it into a huge five-point possession for Lakeridge.

Once Lakeridge built its advantage, Clackamas didn't have the firepower to get back in the game.

The Pacers led by three points at the half but Clackamas quickly tied the game with back-to-back three-pointers in the third quarter and would take a 42-39 lead.

But Lakeridge rallied back with a bucket from Rick Hiller and a three-pointer from Jack Misell.

Oliver remained the constant in the game for the Pacers, however, staying aggressive throughout the contest and scoring at will.

“I just tried to keep up my intensity. We're excited about how we're playing right now,” Oliver said.

Lakeridge has won five of its last six games and will face Lake Oswego on the road this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

“For us, we have to go in without expectations and play hard and execute. It's just another game in the process that we'll learn from and hopefully put up a fight,” Walker said.