Lake Oswego comes back from 15 down to snag its first league victory

by: VERN UYETAKE - Mitch Verburg puts up a shot during the Lakers' win over Canby on the road.The start of league couldn't have gone much worse for the Lake Oswego boys basketball team but the good news was that the Lakers righted the ship quickly enough to pull out a 59-53 win over a vastly improved Canby team.

“It really wasn't looking good for a while. We haven't been getting off to good starts. We took bad shots and the defense was very porous,” coach Mark Shoff said.

The game started similarly to Lake Oswego's shocking loss to Sprague earlier in the year. The Lakers were sluggish on both sides of the ball and couldn't get a shot to fall.

The Lakers trailed 19-7 after the first quarter and were down 24-9 before mounting a furious comeback.

A big key to the comeback was the Lakers' hot outside shooting. After struggling to get anything to fall, freshman Daniel Baumer entered the game and drained four 3-pointers.

“It's nice to have a shooter who can stretch the defense,” Shoff said.

Lake Oswego's confidence increased as it started to chip away at the lead and, once shots started to fall, the defense improved as well.

The Lakers also started to have some more success in the paint as Canby made a conscious effort to defend Lake Oswego's dangerous perimeter players.

Max Dinesen had a nice game all around, finishing with a team-high 17 points.

By the time the dust had settled in the second quarter, Lake Oswego had put up 29 points and erased the deficit, taking a 36-34 lead into the locker room.

However, Canby also managed to right the ship quickly, making for an intense second half.

The pace of the game slowed down in the third period as both teams valued each possession.

Lake Oswego's defense did a considerably better job in the second half and didn't allow Canby to go on an extended run.

The Lakers still led by two points heading into the fourth quarter and managed to keep the Cougars at arm's length for the final eight minutes.

“We've been running a lot of guys in and out. We're just trying to find a consistent line-up,” Shoff said.

The Lakers had an answer for every big Cougars' basket and gained enough separation in the final minutes to seal the game from the foul line.

“There's been times this year where we've looked really good but it's been kind of a struggle recently. We just need to find that consistency,” Shoff said.

After giving up 19 points in the first quarter, the Lakers only yielded 19 points for the entire second half.

Dinesen, Daumer and Jazz Johnson all scored in double figures for the Lakers. Lake Oswego will now take on Clackamas Friday, a team looking to rebound from a loss to No. 1 West Linn last week.

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