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Laker boys keep pace, stay in second place

LO wins two games as second showdown with Lakeridge approaches

Photo Credit: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Jazz Johnson splits a pair of defenders during the Lakers' narrow win over Sherwood last week. He had 20 points including four key free throws down the stretch in the victory.The Lake Oswego boys basketball team ran its win streak to five games with wins over Sherwood and Tualatin, staying in second place in the Three Rivers League, just a game behind West Linn and a game ahead of Lakeridge.

On Friday, Lake Oswego fended off a strong effort from a pesky Sherwood team, turning away a fourth quarter rally in a 54-48 victory.

The game started slowly with Sherwood lulling the Lakers into a slower pace of play. The Bowmen played their distinctive zone defense and worked the ball around on offense. Sherwood hit three three-pointers in the opening quarter but Lake Oswego led 12-11 after the opening period.

Jazz Johnson scored the first two baskets of the second quarter for the Lakers but the team missed an opportunity to extend its lead, missing four free throws in the closing minutes of the half and led 23-21 at the break.

Johnson and Parker took over for the Lakers in the third quarter. Parker scored the first two Lake Oswego baskets and Johnson drained a pair of three-pointers in an early run as the Lakers started to have more success against the Sherwood defense.

The Lakers would go up 40-27 for their biggest lead of the game. But Sherwood succeeded in getting into the bonus in the third period and hit a late three-pointer of its own to make it 44-35 with one quarter to play.

Sherwood opened the fourth quarter with an 8-1 run that got the lead down to 47-45. Max Dinesen then scored to give the Lakers some breathing room but the Bowmen, after missing a dunk to draw even closer, cut the gap to 49-48.

After Parker his one of two free throws after securing an offensive rebound, Lake Oswego recorded a defensive stop and then burned more than a minute of clock, forcing Sherwood to foul with 42 seconds remaining.

Johnson drained four straight free throws as Sherwood missed a pair of late shots, allowing Lake Oswego to hang on for the victory.

Johnson had 20 points in the game and Parker added 17.

On Tuesday, Lake Oswego left no doubt, burying Tualatin with a blistering first quarter and never looking back in a 88-56 victory.

The Lakers led 31-8 after the opening period and were up by 30 at the half and kept pace with both West Linn and Lakeridge with the easy win.

Johnson led the way with 25 points. Lake Oswego will take on Lakeridge this Friday, looking to avenge one of just two league losses this season.

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