Lakeridge moves to 2-1 in league with Cavs on deck

The Lakeridge boys basketball team posted another impressive victory last Friday, controlling its game against Canby for a 65-51 victory.

The Pacers led nearly from start to finish and withstood a few runs from the Cougars to grind out the win.

“We did a really good job just executing half-court basketball and denied easy looks for Canby,” coach Dane Walker said.

Lakeridge played well in the paint, and matched the Cougars' physicality.

“Patrick Jaco did a really good job against their big kid. We're not huge but we're not small and teams that have size can give us some issues,” Walker said.

Lakeridge built a three-point lead after the first quarter and stretched it to seven points at the half.

The Pacers continued to be efficient on offense and steadily extended its advantage.

Canby made a final run at Lakeridge midway through the fourth quarter but a pair of steals and baskets by Eric Dungey down the stretch helped keep the Cougars at bay.

Reggie Oliver also hit free throws in the final minutes to help Lakeridge maintain its lead.

Oliver finished with a game-high 21 points while Michael Walker added 18.

The Pacers will take on Clackamas this Friday in a key matchup.

“Every win in league is a big one. Obviously we'd love to finish in the top three and avoid a play-in game but we have a big challenge ahead of us,” Walker said.

The Lakeridge girls fell to Canby 73-31 last week. The Cougars' heavy pressure was difficult for Lakeridge to handle.

The Pacers scored just 15 points in the first three quarters and Canby led by 25 at the half.

Freshman Natalie Bristol led Lakeridge with 11 points.

The Pacers take on No. 5 Clackamas this Friday.

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