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After rallying from a 14-point deficit, the Lakers fall to Sprague 52-51

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Kendall Kintzinger looks for room to get a shot off during Tuesday's game against Sprague. Lake Oswego rallied from a 17-3 deficit after the first quarter but late-game heroics did the team in. 
The Lake Oswego boys basketball team was stunned by a late 3-pointer against Sprague Tuesday as the Lakers fell 52-51 in their first game since the Les Schwab Invitational.

Lake Oswego appeared to have weathered a sizable storm from the Olympians, who entered the game with a 3-8 record. The Lakers battled back from an early 14-point deficit and held the lead late in the fourth quarter. But, after a missed free throw left it at a two-point game, Sprague's Jack Frazier drained a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds to play to seal Lake Oswego's fate.

The Lakers were off their game early on and forced to play catch-up until the fourth period. Sprague opened the game on a 12-0 run, holding a hefty advantage in the paint with rebounding and a pair of blocks on fast breaks.

Lake Oswego was cold from the field and made careless turnovers as it fell behind. A Zach Parker 3-pointer was all the Lakers could muster in the opening quarter and they trailed 17-3.

Lake Oswego began to whittle away at the lead in the second quarter. A 3-pointer from Daniel Baumer and a pair of baskets by Drew Todd helped get the offense going but the Lakers were just 1-for-5 from the foul line in their first five attempts.

However, Lake Oswego's signature defense allowed the team to cut into the deficit and the Lakers trailed 26-19 at the half.

The Olympians made it evident that they did not want to let Jazz Johnson beat them, double-teaming him whenever he started to drive and forcing the ball out of his hands. As a result, Johnson had just one point at the half.

Lake Oswego opened the third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers from Baumer and Mitchell Verburg, cutting the lead to one. A Parker steal and basket gave the Lakers their first lead of the game and they appeared to have righted the ship.

However, a late steal and 3-pointer from Sprague allowed the visitors to hold a 37-35 lead with one quarter to play.

The fourth quarter went back and forth but, after Johnson hit his first field goal of the game with 2:40 remaining, Lake Oswego led 44-41.

The Lakers were able to maintain their lead thanks to free throws from Johnson and, after a Sprague charge and two more free throws, Lake Oswego led 50-47 with less than 30 seconds to play.

Lake Oswego defended the 3-point line well on Sprague's next possession but gave up an offensive rebound and a basket with 12.9 seconds left, cutting the lead to one.

Johnson then hit 1-of-2 free throws and the Olympians responded with their late 3-pointer.

Lake Oswego falls to 7-4 on the season with games remaining against Barlow and Beaverton before starting league play next week against Canby.

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