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Pacer boys advance to face Lincoln

The Lakeridge boys basketball team made quick work of McNary in its play-in game last week.

The Pacers advanced to the state tournament with a solid 65-42 victory, doing the bulk of the damage in the first half.

Lakeridge's defense was stellar in the first half as the Pacers held McNary to just six points through the first quarter-and-a-half.

The Pacers were a bit slow out of the gate on offense but started to heat up midway through the opening period.

Early in the second quarter, Lakeridge had built a 20-point lead and had nearly put the game away.

McNary had trouble establishing any semblance of an inside game as Brandon Loiler controlled the paint for the majority of the contest.

Loiler would lead all scorers with 21 point and also add five blocks on defense.

Lakeridge led 39-17 at the half and McNary was never able to cut into the gap significantly.

The Celtics started to find a little more success on offense and hung with the Pacers in the second half.

But Lakeridge, holding a 20-point advantage, was more than happy to trade buckets with McNary.

Loiler continued to lead Lakeridge's attack on offense while both Blake Dutton and Justin Luevano made nice drives to the basket.

The Pacers maintained their lead through three quarters and coach Dane Walker was able to clear the bench in the final minutes as Lakeridge advanced.

The Pacers took on Lincoln on Wednesday night but results weren't available at press time.

The Cardinals are ranked No. 6 in the state by the OSAA heading into the playoffs but the Pacers enter the 32-team tournament battle tested.

Lakeridge has hung with some of the state's top teams this year, nearly beating West Linn twice this season and giving Lake Oswego a pair of tough games. In an earlier match-up with Lincoln, the Pacers lost by just five points.



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