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Laker boys survive Canby but fall to T-Wolves

The Cougars miss three free throws at the end of regulation

DAN BROOD - Lake Oswego's Brett Graver elevates to try and block a shot during the Lakers' game against Tualatin on Tuesday. Lake Oswego fell to 4-2 in the TRL but are still in third place.The road has become a little bumpier for the Lake Oswego boys basketball team in the Three Rivers League. The Lakers survived a wild overtime game against a Canby team that is winless in TRL play and then were upended by Tualatin on Tuesday.

It was an emotional game against the Cougars as Canby honored former athlete AJ Schlatter, who recently passed away following surgery.

Canby played inspired basketball, hanging with the heavily-favored Lakers until the final whistle. Lake Oswego led for much of the game after going up 8-3 in the first quarter but Canby was never more than a possession or two away.

The Lakers had a big advantage in the paint and started to utilize it in the second quarter, getting big contributions from Drew Todd and Shawn Elliott.

But Canby was able to get Lake Oswego into a slower, possession-based game which suited the Cougars well.

Lake Oswego led by just two points at halftime and Canby was able to scrap out a 35-35 tie through three quarters.

To the Lakers' credit, they maintained their poise against the methodical Cougars and were equally patient offensively.

Rodney Hounshell scored all 10 of his points in the second half and played solid perimeter defense. Still, the Lakers couldn't pull away and, with the game tied at 44-44 with a minute and a half remaining, the Cougars gained possession and held the ball.

Canby played for a final shot and got it, missing a runner with only a few ticks left. But the Cougars got the rebound and swung the ball out for a desperation three-pointer.

Canby was fouled on the attempt, getting three free throws with no time on the clock for the victory. The Cougars missed all three shots, sending the game to overtime.

There, Lake Oswego took advantage of the momentum shift and scored 14 points in the extra frame for a 58-49 victory.

On Tuesday, the Lakers could never get untracked against a motivated Tualatin team. The Timberwolves took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a 70-56 victory. That lead quickly swelled to double digits in the second quarter and Lake Oswego couldn't get any closer as Tualatin pulled away after the break.

Todd led Lake Oswego with 16 points in the defeat. At 4-2, Lake Oswego is still in third place in the TRL with a game against No. 7 Tigard on Friday.