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Pacer boys notch two more narrow wins

Photo Credit: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Eric Dungey scored in double figures to help the Pacers beat Tigard on Tuesday for their fifth straight victory.The Lakeridge boys basketball team stayed hot on Tuesday and gave itself a chance to move into a tie in the standings with rival Lake Oswego if it can complete a series sweep of the Lakers on Friday.

The Pacers outlasted Tigard on the road 59-55 on Tuesday after a one-point win over Tualatin last Friday.

Lakeridge has now played in seven consecutive games that were decided by five points or fewer, winning six of them.

Against the Timberwolves, a team that beat Lakeridge earlier in the year, the Pacers trailed early, scoring just four points in the opening quarter.

The Pacers trailed by five at the half before finally coming alive. Lakeridge caught fire in the third quarter as Jake Spurgeon exploited the Timberwolves' zone defense for a trio of three-pointers.

Still, Lakeridge found itself trailing by one point with the ball in the closing seconds of the game. And, just like against West Linn, the Pacers got the ball to freshman Immanuel Allen.

This time Allen was fouled and he calmly knocked down both attempts. Lakeridge then fended off a final desperation shot from Tualatin to secure the win.

Against the Tigers, Spurgeon had a team-high 21 points while McKay Burg and Eric Dungey each scored in double figures.

Lakeridge has won five straight games and is comfortably in third place in the Three Rivers League just one game behind Lake Oswego and two behind West Linn.

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