Lake Oswego starts hot and gets the win on the road to move to 3-3 in league

The Lake Oswego boys basketball team scored an important road win Tuesday, fending off a late charge from Canby in a 79-71 win.

In a change of pace from how games have usually gone for the Lakers this year, Lake Oswego grabbed the advantage early and then had to withstand an offensive surge from the Cougars to nab the win.

“I was pleased we finally got off to a good start an actually led after the first quarter,” coach Mark Shoff said.

The Lakers gave up 50 points in the second half, a huge number from the top defensive team in the league, but Lake Oswego's offense executed extremely well, particularly in the final minutes of the game.

The Lakers could ill-afford to get off to a slow start as Canby is one of the tougher road venues in the league.

Lake Oswego shot well to open the game and contained the Cougars' guards admirably in the first half.

The Lakers built a five-point lead after the first quarter and then held Canby to eight points in the second quarter, going up 31-21.

But the Cougars got hot in the second half and made adjustments against Lake Oswego's defense to put points up in bunches.

Lake Oswego was just as strong on offense, getting strong takes to the rim from both Jazz Johnson and Zach Parker. That duo combined for 56 points on the night.

“We've been spreading the ball around more and isolating some other players. Zach missed nine of our first 10 games and he's really starting to come into his own,” Shoff said.

Canby had one final charge and it was almost enough to steal the victory.

The Cougars clawed back to make it a one-possession game midway through the fourth quarter, getting its home crowd back into the contest.

“Canby shot the ball well and got us into some three on two situations for easy baskets,” Shoff said.

But Lake Oswego's defense saved the day. The Lakers came up with three straight stops and were able to convert on the other end, quickly building the advantage back up to 10.

That would seal the game for Lake Oswego and would get the team up to .500 in league.

The Lakers are 3-3 and tied with Lakeridge for third place in the TRL.

Lake Oswego is also just one game back from Clackamas and will take on the Cavaliers again Friday at home. The Lakers fell to Clackamas in overtime earlier in the year.

“(Clackamas) didn't play a very good game against us the first time. They're a mismatch for us with their size so we'll have to find a way to not let that hurt us,” Shoff said.

The Lake Oswego girls fell to Canby 69-25 Tuesday. The Lakers never got comfortable in their offense as the Cougars put relentless pressure on Lake Oswego's guards.

The Lakers only scored eight points in the first half and couldn't find a rhythm against a very strong Cougars team.

Hannah Plott led the Lakers with eight points in the game and Lake Oswego will take on Clackamas Friday.

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