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Lakers rally to take down South Eugene

LO boys come back from double digits at home and stay unbeaten


Photo Credit: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Jazz Johnson fights through the South Eugene defense on his way to the basket during Tuesday's game. Johnson had 30 points in the effort for the Lakers.The Lake Oswego boys basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season on Tuesday, enduring a rocky start and rallying from a 10-point deficit to take down an athletic South Eugene team 77-71 at home.

The Lakers struggled on defense for stretches against the Axemen, giving up too many shots from close to the basket but Jazz Johnson's 30 points and eight assists, along with Zach Parker's 21 points, helped Lake Oswego stay unbeaten.

Lake Oswego got off to a solid start, jumping out to a 12-8 lead in the opening quarter but it was held scoreless for the final few minutes of the period.

That allowed South Eugene to go on a 9-0 run, including a three-pointer at the buzzer that made it 17-12.

South Eugene would extend its run with a bucket to open the second quarter before the squads started trading hoops.

Parker scored seven straight for his team in the second stanza but struggled to get stops on the other end.

South Eugene hurt Lake Oswego all night on the offensive glass and converted those opportunities into easy buckets.

The Axemen would go up 37-27 in the final minutes of the half but Lake Oswego was able to close with five straight points from Johnson to cut into the deficit.

The Lakers steadily cut into the lead in the third quarter, getting its inside game going by feeding Drew Todd in the paint.

Lake Oswego was able to contain South Eugene on the boards and turned a five-point deficit into a five-point lead, ultimately holding a 55-51 advantage with eight minutes to play.

Johnson started to exert himself on offense to open the fourth quarter, scoring eight of his team's first 10 points and then hitting Daniel Baumer for a three-pointer which made the lead 68-58.

Lake Oswego hit five of its next six free throws to hold the Axemen at arm's length but a turnover allowed South Eugene to cut the lead to six with under a minute to play.

The Lakers would get another hoop from Parker with an assist from Johnson to seal the victory.

Lake Oswego now travels to California for the annual Red Bluff Tournament before competing in the Les Schwab Invitational once again after Christmas.

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