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Pacers can't close out upset win over Tigard

Lakeridge leads by double digits in the fourth but Tigers get hot late


MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Nate Ninteman draws contact while double-teamed during Friday's game against No. 6 Tigard at home.The hard luck continued for Lakeridge's boys basketball team last week as it took on No. 6 Tigard. The Pacers put together one of their best efforts of the season but couldn't make it hold up in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers overcame an 11-point deficit in the final period of regulation and fended off Lakeridge 71-67 on the road.

Tigard didn't have its best offensive showing of the season and the Pacers appeared primed to get over the hump for their biggest win of the season. However, the Tigers got hot at the right time, hitting four three-pointers in the final period en route to the victory.

It was a back and forth opening period. Tigard jumped out to a 15-10 lead before Lakeridge's Ian Gaekwad drained a pair of three-pointers to cut into the deficit.

In the second quarter, Lakeridge star Immanuel Allen picked up his second foul early on a charge, but the Pacers were still able to hang with the Tigers.

Tigard's Andrew Dufort hit two three-pointers in the quarter but Lakeridge mounted a late rally. A big dunk from Allen and a late three-pointer by Gaekwad helped stake the Pacers to a 34-29 advantage at the half.

The Lakeridge defense continued to play well in the third period, opening with a 7-0 run to go up by 12. Tigard would chip away with a pair of buckets from Austin Dufort and strong rebounding by Keishon Dawkins. But, after Gaekwod hit a jumper, he tallied a steal in the closing seconds of the quarter and fed Allen for a dunk at the buzzer, making the score 47-36.

But Tigard wasn't rattled. The Tigers opened the fourth quarter with three-pointers from Dawkins and Smith, cutting the lead to two just minutes into the period.

Lakeridge has struggled closing out games at times this year but they didn't panic. After Tigard cut the lead to one, Allen converted a three-point play.

Smith would then hit a step-back three-pointer and then scored on a drive to give Tigard a 55-54 lead with 1:21 to play in the game.

Lakeridge was patient on its next possession and got the ball to an open Keaton Wood in the corner and he drained a three-pointer for his only field goal of the game, giving the Pacers a 57-55 lead.

Tigard would respond with Dawkins finding an open Austin Dufort under the hoop for a game-tying bucket, sending the game to overtime.

Both teams traded buckets early in the first extra period. Lakeridge turned the ball over after trying to hold for a late shot and Tigard missed a game-winner on the other end, forcing a second overtime.

Tigard would get the go-ahead bucket from Austin Dufort on a feed from Smith late in the period. Lakeridge called time-out with 15 seconds left and Allen had a clean look at a three-pointer but it was off-target and Tigard held on for the victory.

Smith and Austin Dufort each had 20 points for Tigard while Allen led all scorers with 27.