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Pacer boys rout Sherwood at home

Lakeridge never trails as it looks to bolster its bid for the playoffs

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Jack Holum grabs an offensive rebound and puts back an easy bucket during the Pacers' win over Sherwood on Tuesday.The Lakeridge boys basketball team put together one of its most impressive wins of the season on Tuesday, downing Sherwood 61-40 at home in a wire-to-wire victory.

The win atones for an earlier loss to the Bowmen and improves the Pacers' chances of making the postseason this year.

Lakeridge entered the evening on a three-game losing streak but played with confidence from the opening tip.

Josh Spurgeon had two quick early buckets to stake Lakeridge to a lead it wouldn't give up. After a three-pointer from the Bowmen made it 10-9 in the first quarter, the Pacers closed the period on a 6-0 run with four of the points coming from Immanuel Allen.

The Pacers would expand the lead in the second quarter with Spurgeon scoring seven of his team's first nine points. He had 13 in the first half.

Allen would record a backboard-shaking block on defense and then drive to the hoop for a lay-up on the other end to up Lakeridge's lead to 36-21 but Sherwood closed the gap to 12 points at the half.

The third quarter was ugly by both teams with neither squad scoring until more than four minutes had passed.

That was fine for the Pacers who had the comfort of a double-digit lead and their defense never let the Bowmen back in the game.

Sherwood cut the lead to nine points before Jake Fedrizzi answered with a three-pointer. Lakeridge shot the ball well from the foul line all game and Austin Peters his a pair of free throws late to make it 43-29 with one quarter to play.

Sherwood hit an early three-pointer but that was as close as the Bowmen would get. A loud dunk from Allen all but put the game away as the Pacers would go up by 20.

Lakeridge has four games remaining in the regular season and could use a big win to improve its playoff chances. The Pacers take on Lake Oswego on the road this Friday at 7:15 p.m.