Lake Oswego pulls away from Lakeridge to win Battle of the Lake 70-53
The Lakers entered Friday's game with three wins in their past four games with their sights set on big things for the end of the 2017-18 season.
The Pacers, meanwhile, have won just once this year, but were determined to defend their home court and break through against LO in the twice-yearly Battle of the Lake.
In the end, Lake Oswego was able to impose its will on Friday's game, putting together a huge run in the second and third quarters to fuel its 70-53 win at Lakeridge High School.
"It was a great night," said Lake Oswego senior wing J.R Schilling, who led his team with 17 points on Friday. "They're not an easy team to beat, especially at their place, especially in a civil war game, but our guys wanted it more in the second half."
"It's pretty special," added senior post Shawn Elliott, who scored all nine of his points in the second half. "We're coming down to the last couple of times to play Lakeridge and it's a huge rivalry. I don't know any other rivalries that are like this in the state."
With the win, the Lakers improved to 2-0 in Three Rivers League play and 8-3 overall, while the Pacers fell to 0-2 in league and 1-10 overall.
"It was a hard-fought game in the first half … but LO is a tough team," said Lakeridge senior forward Cort Gerot, who finished with six points and also rebounded effectively on Friday. "They're a good team. They definitely came out strong."
"We came out in the first half, we were super up and down and we were able to stay afloat, but in the second half, we dropped off with fatigue and it kind of hit us hard," said senior guard Jake Fedrizzi, who led all scorers with 19 points. "It was like, "Oh man, we're tired,' and guys weren't finishing their shots."
Early on, however, the Pacers very much held their own against the Lakers. Gerot and junior Carter Larrance scored four points each in the first quarter to keep their team within 11-8, while Schilling hit twice for the Lakers and junior Josh Angle added a three-pointer.
There was more back-and-forth in the second frame, with Lake Oswego pushing out to a 17-10 lead on Schilling's "three" from the left corner with 5 minutes, 48 seconds left in the half, and Lakeridge battling back to a 19-19 tie with a 9-2 stretch highlighted by two baskets each from Tony Fair and Matt Armsby.
The Pacers were still even at 21-21 when Larrance tipped home Fedrizzi's miss with 1:52 left in the half, but the Lakers closed the half on a 12-2 run that gave them a 32-23 lead at the break. That stretch included two Angle foul shots, a coast-to-coast basket by Wayne McKinney III, a Rory Corrigan three-pointer, a McKinney fast break hoop, and finally, a McKinney putback of an Angle miss just before the halftime buzzer.
The Lakers then took total control of the contest with a 16-7 scoring edge in the third period that extended their lead to 48-30. Lake Oswego knocked down 5 of 11 shots (including one three-pointer) from the field and 5 of 6 foul shots in the quarter. At the same time, the Pacers hit just 3 of 15 shots from the field and 1 of 4 free throws.
McKinney stepped up for five points in the period, Schilling added four more and Angle buried a three-pointer, while Fedrizzi scored four points for Lakeridge.
"When we run our stuff, we get easy looks, and when we play defense, we're a really hard team to beat," Schilling said.
"We just had to buckle down and get some stops and it happened and we came out with the win," Elliott added.
Fedrizzi heated up for 13 points in the fourth quarter — nine of those on three "threes" — but Elliott tacked on eight more, and Schilling, Ben Jeffers and Grant Fuson scored three each.
For their part, the Pacers left feeling that they could play with the Lakers, if only they could carry their first-half success further into the contest.
"I think that we kind of let up a little bit in the second half from the standpoint that some of our guys were a little bit tired," Gerot said. "We've just got to improve from a conditioning point for the future."
"I won't say that we're in bad shape, but we're not in the shape that we need to be to hit shots consistently," Fedrizzi added. "I think we showed that we can rebound as a group, we can get points up on the board quickly and in our half-court set, and we can play defense and hold teams to minimum points. I just think we need to be able to go from start to finish. Do it 48 minutes."
McKinney finished with 13 points in the win and Angle 11, while Larrance scored 10 for Lakeridge and Fair seven.