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Lakeridge boys looking for consistency

The Pacers battle but fall to 0-2 to start TRL play

Photo Credit: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Scout Sinay splits a pair of West Linn defenders on a drive to the basket during the Pacers' league opener last week.The Lakeridge boys basketball team has already proven that it can play with just about anyone this year. The trick now is finding a way to minimize is inconsistent stretches and piece together complete games against a tough league slate.

The Pacers dropped to 0-2 in the TRL after they couldn't quite muster a rally in a 61-58 loss to Tualatin.

Lakeridge dug itself a hole early, something it has struggled with at times this season, falling behind 19-14 after the first quarter.

But the Pacers rallied, getting strong play from freshman Immanuel Allen, cutting the deficit to just two points at the half.

Allen would finish with a game high 22 points. The third quarter took an odd turn as both teams struggled mightily on offense.

In what should have been an opportunity for Lakeridge to seize control the game, holding the Timberwolves to nine points in the period, the Pacers went ice cold and scored just six point themselves.

Lakeridge would start to settle back in in the fourth period but Tualatin had enough to fend the Pacers off.

McKay Burg also scored in double figures for the Pacers as Tualatin made a concerted effort to clamp down on Jake Spurgeon in the game.

The loss followed a tough game against defending state champion West Linn last week. The Lions blitzed the Pacers in the opening minutes of the game and Lakeridge never recovered.

West Linn opened on a 14-0 run, prompting two quick time-outs before Allen broke up the shutout.

Spurgeon would score the team's final five points of the quarter but the Pacers trailed 31-7.

Lakeridge would fall behind 51-20 at the half but would actually outscore West Linn from the second quarter on in a 92-75 loss.

In the third quarter, the Lakeridge offense would come alive, scoring 28 points in the period alone after being held to just 20 in the first half.

Eric Dungey scored seven straight points for the Pacers who hit three three-pointers in the quarter.

Lakeridge would actually put together a 14-0 run late in the fourth quarter and got some nice contributions from Brandon Samwick in the second half where he had 13 points but it was too little too late.

Next up for the Pacers is a home game this Friday against Tigard.


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