Laker boys bury OC, fall in Martin Luther King tourney
Lake Oswego's boys basketball team decisively dispatched Oregon City to open up league play before travelling to Berkeley to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Classic.
The Lakers' offense took a half to get going against the Pioneers but Lake Oswego was able to thoroughly put the game out of reach in the third quarter.
Defensively the Lakers were solid for the majority of the game and held the Pioneers to just 17 points in the first half.
Lake Oswego led by eight points at the break but then blew things open early in the third period.
"They zoned us a little and that's maybe the first time we've faced that this season. We were pretty comfortable against it," coach Mark Shoff said.
Lake Oswego heated up and quickly put the game out of reach as the Laker defense forced a handful of turnovers.
Against the zone, Calvin Hermanson and Jason Luhnow found plenty of opportunities to get their shots off.
Hermanson had another huge game, going off for 33 points while Luhnow added 12 to the effort.
Oregon City hit some big shots from long range to stay within striking distance but, with one quarter to play, Lake Oswego had built a 17-point advantage.
The Lakers then traveled to take on Newmark Memorial, one of the top teams from the Bay Area.
Lake Oswego hung with Newmark until the final minutes of the game before the team's offense stalled.
"We've had a hard time closing out games. They really put the clamps on us and that's something we have to overcome," Shoff said.
Luhnow got off to a hot start from the outside for Lake Oswego but Newmark made adjustments to slow him down.
The Lakers led by eight early in the game and were tied at the half. Once again, Lake Oswego's defense was rock solid but the offense struggled to find a groove.
"We have seven guys on the team who are really capable of scoring but everyone's deferring right now and we coaches have to find a way to bring out those other guys," Shoff said.
Lake Oswego fell behind by two points at the end of the third quarter but hit a three-pointer to open the fourth.
However, the Lakers couldn't find much more success in the final period and Newmark closed out the game with an impressive run.
"They were an awfully good team and extremely well coached," Shoff said.
Lake Oswego's game on Tuesday against West Linn was postponed until Wednesday and results weren't available until press time.
The Lake Oswego girls hung with powerhouse Oregon City for the first quarter before the Pioneers' quickness and pressure caught up to the Lakers.
Lake Oswego executed its offense well early in the game, putting up 15 points in the first eight minutes and only trailed 21-15.
But, in the second and third periods, Oregon City outscored the Lakers 48-11 to put the game away.
Lindsay Shallman and Libby Nielsen led Lake Oswego in scoring with 12 points each and Allie Binns scored nine.
Both Lake Oswego teams take on Canby this Friday.