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Pacer boys take best shot from WL, Tigard

Slow starts doom Lakeridge against a pair of top-10 opponents

VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge's Josh Spurgeon looks to get a shot off in the paint during last Friday's game against No. 1 West Linn at home.The Lakeridge boys basketball got to see the top two teams in the Three Rivers League each put together one of their best efforts of the season over the past two games and the results was a pair of difficult losses.

The Pacers took on West Linn for the first time this season on Friday, hoping to find some of the magic from when it snapped the Lions' long win streak against Oregon opponents last year.

But that may have been on West Linn's mind as well as the Lions put on a show on both sides of the court in a 104-65 victory.

West Linn's length and athleticism gave Lakeridge fits early and the Pacers weren't able to settle into their offense in the first quarter.

As a result, the Lions were able to create numerous turnovers and got out in transition for easy buckets.

The Pacers could only muster six points in the opening quarter and could never slow the Lions down. While Lakeridge started to find success offensively in the second quarter, it couldn't cut into the lead because West Linn was simply too efficient on the other end.

The Lions put up 30 points in the second period and led 52-25 at the half. West Linn also shot the ball extremely well, getting contributions from up and down its roster.

West Linn's hot shooting continued in the third quarter and the Pacers could never get closer as the Lions put up 34 in the period en route to a 100-point performance.

On Tuesday, Lakeridge was the one looking to exact revenge after giving up a fourth-quarter lead to Tigard in the teams' last meeting.

But the Tigers jumped on Lakeridge early as the Pacers couldn't find an early rhythm on offense again. Tigard led 21-5 after the first quarter and Lakeridge couldn't get much closer for the remainder of the contest.

Immanuel Allen was a go-to target on offense and he had 12 of his team-high 22 points in the third quarter. Jake Fedrizzi also had 15 points for the Pacers.

The schedule presumably gets easier for Lakeridge now as it hopes to snap its losing streak with games against Tualatin and Sherwood.