Lake Oswego holds Oregon City to nine first-half points

The Lake Oswego boys basketball team made quick work of Oregon City on Friday as it heads into a home showdown with Lakeridge this week.

Playing again without Calvin Hermanson, the Lakers put together a stellar effort on defense, holding the Pioneers to just nine points in the first half and 17 points through three quarters in a 64-30 victory.

Eleven players saw action in the game as Lake Oswego put the contest away early and 10 of those players scored with the Lakers' bench getting significant minutes.

“It was great for our guys who put in the same amount of time in practice as the starters to get some minutes,” coach Mark Shoff said.

Lake Oswego jumped out to a quick 16-7 lead after the first quarter and then came close to pitching it second scoreless quarter of the season.

The Lakers held Oregon City to just two points in the second stanza and led 29-9 at the half. The Pioneers played a zone defense against the Lakers and succeeded in slowing the pace of the game down and limiting possessions.

But Oregon City struggled to find any gaps in Lake Oswego's defense and both benches played the majority of the fourth quarter.

“It was one of our better defensive efforts of the year but that's what I'm expecting right now. We did a really good job communicating,” Shoff said.

Cory Coombe led all scorers with 11 points, also chipping in five rebounds and five assists. Nehemiah Allen added 10 points to the effort.

Lake Oswego will now face Lakeridge this Friday at home. The Pacers are currently 3-1 in league, a game behind the Lakers in the standings. Hermanson is expected to return to action against Lakeridge.

“It should be a big crowd with the rivalry and with it being our only Friday home game in league this year,” Shoff said.

The Lake Oswego girls team took on top-ranked Oregon City on Friday as well and struggled to keep up with the relentless and high-octane Pioneers.

The Lakers mustered just 17 points through three quarters and lost 73-28. Ali Binns led Lake Oswego with 10 points.

The Lakeridge girls had an equally tough time against No. 5 Clackamas. Nothing was falling for the Pacers and Clackamas capitalized on turnovers, putting up 45 points in the first half in a 74-20 victory.

Freshman Natalie Bristol led the team with eight points.

Lake Oswego and Lakeridge will square off at Lake Oswego High School on Friday with both teams searching for their first league victory.

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