Calvin Hermanson drops 33 points as the Lakers clinch the league title

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Colin Caslick makes a drive to the hoop in Lake Oswego's win over No. 5 West Linn on Tuesday.When Lake Oswego and West Linn's boys basketball teams squared off earlier in the year, Calvin Hermanson only played a nominal role, scoring just four points before departing after aggravating an ankle injury.

In the rematch on his home court, Hermanson was the story of the game, making a 33-point night look easy in the Lakers' 68-55 victory.

Much like earlier in the year, Lake Oswego jumped out to a big early lead and coasted to victory against the No. 5 Lions.

Hermanson made his presence felt from the opening jump, draining a pair of three-pointers and recorded a big block defensively.

Hermanson would score his team's first 10 points as the Lakers jumped out to a 10-1 lead. The Lakers' defense kept West Linn in check early, forcing difficult shots that the Lions failed to knock down.

When Hermanson took a seat late in the quarter, Cory Coombe took up the scoring slack with seven points of his own as the Lakers led 22-7.

Lake Oswego quickly expanded its lead early in the second quarter before the Lions mustered a rally to get back in the game. Hermanson continued his hot streak and had 20 points in the first half.

When he went to the bench in the second quarter, the Lions cut a 20-point lead down to 11 before a late jumper by Laker point guard Christian McDonald made it 38-25 at the half.

Lake Oswego made sure the momentum wouldn't shift to the Lions to start the second half. Hermanson opened the third quarter with a three-pointer and tallied another block defensively.

The Lakers quickly rebuilt their lead, expanding it to 23 before West Linn, once again, started to claw its way back.

Colin Caslick also knocked down a three-pointer to quell a rally from the Lions and the Lakers led 59-42 with one period to play.

Hermanson opened the fourth quarter with another three-pointer, his final bucket of the game as Lake Oswego chewed up clock late and got its bench some playing time down the stretch.

The win followed a 78-47 victory last week over Clackamas. Four players scored in double figures for the Lakers, led by 18 from Caslick.

Lake Oswego remains undefeated and is ranked No. 5 in the nation by MaxPreps with just two regular season contests remaining.

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