by: VERN UYETAKE Lake Oswego’s Alex Matthews gets fouled attacking the basket in last week’s win over Clackamas.

Lake Oswego's boys basketball team continues to look like the walking wounded but the healthy pieces it has on the court are starting to click.

The Lakers put together one of their best efforts in weeks last Friday, burying a pesky Cavaliers team 63-40.

Lake Oswego put Clackamas away early and, at times, put on a show offensively.

Calvin Hermanson got the team off to a terrific start, shooting the lights out in the opening period.

He scored 12 points in the first quarter to go along with four rebounds and Clackamas never found its footing, falling behind 20-8.

And the Lakers didn't let up in the second quarter, getting solid play from Daniel Verburg who had an assist and also knocked down a three-pointer.

Lake Oswego pounded the glass all game long too, out-rebounding Clackamas 20-5 in the first half, limiting second-chance opportunities for Clackamas and making any comeback attempts exceedingly difficult.

Hermanson also poured in 10 more points, giving him 22 in the half.

Clackamas knocked down a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer but still trailed 37-20.

It just got worse for the Cavaliers early in the third quarter.

Lake Oswego was red-hot from the outside, getting two more three-pointers from Luhnow who would end the game with four.

Hermanson also had seven more points in the quarter and the Lakers opened the half on a 17-4 run that sealed the game.

Lake Oswego was a little sloppy to start the fourth quarter, committing five turnovers but Clackamas had built too deep of a hole to cut into the lead significantly.

Hermanson would end the game with 31 points and nine rebounds. Luhnow had 12 points for the Lakers.

Lake Oswego followed that win with its second victory of the year against Oregon City.

The Lakers played terrific defense in the first half to build a 30-17 lead and never let the Pioneers in the game in the second half.

Lake Oswego built a 20-point advantage and then cruised to a win to stay just one game behind West Linn in the league standings.

Hermanson had 21 points to lead the Lakers and Alex Matthews added 13.

The Lakers will travel to West Linn on Friday where they will look to avenge an earlier overtime loss and move into a tie with the Lions for the league lead.

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