Lake Oswego boys clinch tie for league title, Pacers top OC
Lake Oswego's boys basketball team ground out a tough 55-44 win over Lakeridge last week to sweep the Civil War series this year and then convincingly handled Clackamas to lock up a share of the league title and a top-four finish in the OSAA rankings.
The game got off to an exceptionally slow start with neither team scoring until four minutes into the contest.
The Lakers opened the game on a 7-0 run, getting a pair of baskets from Calvin Hermanson and a three-pointer from Daniel Verburg.
Lakeridge's offense struggled in the early going and the Pacers had five turnovers and just five shots in the first quarter.
'We've been really solid defensively all year and that's allowed ust to be in every game,' Laker coach Mark Shoff said.
Lake Oswego led 9-2 after one period but the Pacers then started to chip away.
Lakeridge did a nice job getting to the foul line although poor free throw shooting plagued the Pacers for much of the evening.
Late in the quarter, a basket by Madison Pihl tied the game at 13-13 and the Lakers led just 15-14 at the half.
In the third quarter, Jason Luhnow started to heat up for Lake Oswego following a cold start.
Luhnow hit a pair of three-pointers to quickly extend the Lakers' lead.
Lake Oswego also got a boost defensively from Blake Quarterman who continues to get closer to playing at 100 percent since returning from an injury.
'Blake defends well, he rebounds well. He's always in the right place at the right time,' Shoff said.
Hermanson would throw down an alley-oop from T.J. Dorado and get fouled in the process as the Lakers continued to build their advantage.
Blake Dutton would knock down a big three-pointer late in the quarter to cut the lead to five but Quarterman answered with a three-pointer from the corner moments later and Lake Oswego led 31-23 with one period to play.
The Pacers brought full-court pressure against Lake Oswego in the fourth quarter and it initially gave the Lakers some trouble.
But Hermanson hit all four of his shots in the final stanza and Luhnow drained two more three-pointers to make a comeback attempt difficult.
Lakeridge continued to get to the foul line but missed some key attempts.
Justin Luevano had nine points in the final quarter and Dutton knocked down another three-pointer but the Lakers' efficiency on offense allowed them to hang on for the victory.
Lake Oswego would follow with a 68-41 over Clackamas to wrap up the regular season.
The Lakers led by double digits after the first quarter and never looked back.
Hermanson had a game-high 27 points and Quarterman added 11 to lead the Lakers' effort.
Lake Oswego finishes the regular season ranked No. 3 in the state and will host a playoff game next Wednesday.
'We're really just starting to gel right now. Everyone's 0-0 at this point and we all know what can happen,' Shoff said.
Lakeridge also closed out the year with a win, knocking off Oregon City 76-60 on Tuesday.
With the win, the Pacers made up for an earlier loss to the Pioneers and also clinched fourth place in the league and a home play-in game on Friday.
Lakeridge led by four points at the half and then tightened the screws defensively to go up by 12 after the third quarter.
The Pacers got easy baskets in the second half to hold on for the win.
Lakeridge will host McKay, the No. 6 team from the Central Valley this Friday. McKay is 3-21 this year.