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Laker boys drop final two TRL games

Lake Oswego struggles on offense against Newberg and Tigard

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Brett Graver goes up for a contested shot in Tuesday's game against Tigard. Graver finished with a team-high 15 points for the Lakers. The Lake Oswego boys basketball team was hoping to pick up some positive momentum heading into the postseason but dropped its final two regular season games to Newberg and Tigard.

The Lakers have dropped four of their last five and will likely have to travel in the opening round of the playoffs but, due to the level of competition they've played and their experience, they're likely a team many would like to avoid.

After falling to Newberg last week, Lake Oswego hoped to move into at least a tie for fourth place in the TRL by upending Tigard on the road.

However, a cold shooting night did the Lakers in during a 60-51 loss.

Lake Oswego played with energy in the early going, jumping out to a 6-0 lead while saddling Tigard's point guard with two early fouls, including a flagrant foul.

The Laker defense was terrific and they pounded the glass but, with a 13-9 lead after the opening period, Lake Oswego likely felt that it should have been more.

Lake Oswego was cold from long distance and also missed a handful of shots from within 10 feet, failing to get kind bounces from the rim.

The offense hit a wall in the second quarter, scoring just three points. Still, Tigard didn't fare much better and only took a 17-16 lead with a few minutes to play in the half.

Tigard would close on a 7-0 run, however and led 22-16 at the break.

The Tigers started to find their confidence in the second half, slowly extending the lead to double digits. Tigard was on the verge of putting the game away but a late three-pointer from Brett Graver made it 40-27 with just one period to play.

The Lakers didn't go away quietly. Graver scored the first two buckets for Lake Oswego in the fourth quarter and Andrew Meskel added another to get the lead back to single digits.

Tigard would hit a three and Zach Willihnganz answered with one of his own on the other end. After four straight points from Drew Todd, Daniel Baumer scored and was fouled on a drive to make it 49-42, but that's as close as Lake Oswego would get.

Graver finished with 15 points while Todd ended up with 12. Lake Oswego will now await its first round opponent in the playoffs following this weekend's play-in games.