Twelve players score in Lake Oswegos lopsided win over South Salem

by: VERN UYETAKE - Calvin Hermanson caps a fast break with a dunk in Lake Oswego's playoff win over South Salem on Tuesday.Lake Oswego made quick work of its first playoff opponent on Tuesday, knocking off South Salem 93-48 in a game in which its bench saw the majority of the playing time in the second half.

It was the Lakers' highest scoring output of the season as the No. 1 team in the state's defense, quickness and efficiency was simply too much to handle for the Saxons.

“The first game is always tough because you want to set yourself up going forward. We were able to get our bench in and no one got injured. Our kids did a nice job,” coach Mark Shoff said.

South Salem entered the game as the No. 5 team out of the Central Valley League but one that had given league champion West Salem fits in a triple-overtime game earlier this year and who upset Grants Pass on the road 67-66 in a play-in victory.

“They have a kid who scored 46 points in a game this year and they only lost to Clackamas by two earlier this year so we figured they could be tough,” Shoff said.

But the Lakers went to work quickly, leading 19-8 after the first quarter and 41-17 at the half.

Lake Oswego created a glut of turnovers and converted them to easy buckets on the other end.

“We took advantage of the opportunities they gave us. The kids are focused. They don't get overly excited. They know what the big picture is,” Shoff said.

The Lakers continued to extend their lead early in the third quarter before Shoff went to the bench.

Lake Oswego's bench, which was seen a decent amount of minutes this year, continued to play hard and Lake Oswego put up 27 points in the third quarter.

Twelve different players scored for Lake Oswego led by Calvin Hermanson's 24. Zach Parker was next for Lake Oswego, coming off the bench to score 10 points.

The Lakers move on to face Tigard on Friday with a berth at the Rose Garden on the line. The Tigers won the Pacific Conference with a 14-0 record and are coming off a big playoff win on the road at Crater.

“They're much better than a 16-seed. They haven't lost since the (Les Schwab Invitational) so we'll have our work cut out for us,” Shoff said.

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