No. 1 Lake Oswego stays unbeaten with a victory in the Civil War

by: VERN UYETAKE - Calvin Hermanson pulls down a rebound between Reggie Oliver and Madison Pihl in Lake Oswego's win last week.By Lake Oswego's standards, its 66-44 victory over Lakeridge at home on Friday was a bit ragged. The Lakers committed a handful of uncharacteristic turnovers, particularly in the first quarter, and had a poor night shooting the ball. However, even when things aren't clicking 100 percent, Lake Oswego still has the ability to lock down on teams defensively, making it difficult to capitalize on mistakes.

Lakeridge came out with intensity in the first quarter and played solid perimeter defense, forcing the Lakers into some bad passes.

“We didn't play that well. I think, with the rivalry, emotions were high and we got a bit careless. This is the time of year where we need to be doing the little things right,” Lake Oswego coach Mark Shoff said.

Lake Oswego knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the opening stanza but missed a handful of shots right at the rim.

Eric Dungey had six of Lakeridge's 10 points in the first period but the Lakers still led 15-10.

That's when Lake Oswego's defense kicked in. The Lakers opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run to take control of the game. Lakeridge couldn't find its offense and was hampered in part by point guard Reggie Oliver drawing his third foul on a charge.

The Pacers had eight turnovers in the second quarter and just five shots as Lake Oswego pulled ahead 30-12 at the half.

In the third quarter, Calvin Hermanson, who had been kept in check with just six points in the first half, started to take over. He scored 10 in the period alone as Lake Oswego started to expand its lead.

Connor Griffin would drain a buzzer beater to lead 46-22 after the third quarter.

Lakeridge started to find its shooting touch early in the fourth period but it was too little too late. Jack Misell scored the team's first seven points of the quarter and had all nine of his points in the fourth.

Both teams would go to their benches early as Lake Oswego kept up its winning streak.

“We definitely proved tonight that we need to tighten some things up. There's a lot to improve on,” Shoff said.

Lakeridge got back in the win column on Tuesday playing its second nail-biter of the season against Oregon City.

The Pioneers, who are still winless in league, have been a best to multiple teams this year and nearly rallied from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Pacers.

After a slow first quarter from both teams, Lakeridge start to heat up a bit offensively in the second period.

The Pacers continued to force Oregon City into tough shots and built a 40-23 lead at the break.

The Pioneers cut the lead to six points heading into the fourth quarter but Lakeridge still appeared to be firmly in control.

However, Oregon City stormed back, holding Lakeridge to just seven points in the fourth quarter as the Pacers struggled to close out the victory.

The Pioneers cut the lead to one point and had possession with less than 20 seconds to play. Oregon City set up a final shot but Lakeridge put together a terrific defensive stand as Michael Walker forced a turnover in the closing second to seal the win for the Pacers.

Meanwhile, Lake Oswego made quick work of Canby at home on Tuesday. Lake Oswego held the Cougars to just five points in the first half, building a 34-5 lead before coasting to a 58-26 win.

Connor Griffin led the way with 11 points and narrowly missed his second triple-double of the year.

Calvin Hermanson added 10 points as 11 different players scored for the Lakers.

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