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After an overtime loss to OC, Lake Oswego grinds out an emotional game

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Drew Todd pulls down a rebound in front of Lakeridge's McKay Burg during Tuesday's 63-55 victory over the Pacers.The Lake Oswego boys basketball team avoided a play-in game Tuesday when it capped off a season sweep of Lakeridge in a heated 63-55 victory.

The Lakers led for the majority of an emotional and chippy contest, but nearly squandered a 10-point lead in the final two minutes before a pair of untimely turnovers from the Pacers allowed Lake Oswego seal the game from the foul line.

Lake Oswego shot the lights out in the first half, hitting three 3-pointers and going on an 8-0 run to lead 15-8.

Lakeridge closed the quarter with five straight points, however, and the game would be neck and neck until the final minute.

The second quarter was sloppy for both teams and marked by physical play and some hard fouls. Reggie Oliver had three steals in the quarter for the Pacers and Bryce Anderson had a tip-in at the buzzer to make it 26-24 Lake Oswego at the half.

“I think we gave up 10 points just on put-backs and we missed so many lay-ups and free throws, which are things you can't do in a playoff-type game,” Laker coach Mark Shoff said.

Lakeridge would quickly tie the game in the third quarter on a 3-pointer from Oliver and Lake Oswego, despite getting good looks at the basket, struggled to convert.

Jazz Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointers for Lake Oswego late in the quarter but the Pacers stayed on their heels with another strong finish to the period and only trailed 39-36 with eight minutes to play.

“Jazz wanted to run the offense and I thought he did an outstanding job. He was a leader and got people involved,” Shoff said.

The Lakers would bump the lead to seven early in the fourth quarter but Lakeridge rallied back behind a pair of big buckets, including one which went for a 4-point play from Dungey.

Dungey had 10 of his 19 points in the final period.

Lake Oswego countered by getting the ball inside again and Max Dinesen, after missing some contested shots earlier, converted three straight hoops.

The Lakers led by 10 with just more than two minutes to play in the game. However, Lakeridge didn't quit and applied a heavy full-court press, double-teaming the ball on every possession.

The result was some sloppy turnovers for the Lakers and, after a banked-in 3-pointer by Jack Cole, the lead was just 57-54 with 1:24 left in the game.

Lake Oswego would then turn the ball over again but Lakeridge returned the favor on the other end after having a chance to tie.

Dinesen would hit a pair of free throws to build the lead to six again and Lakeridge couldn't knock down another big shot. In the closing seconds of the game, a double technical foul was issued as the emotions of the rivalry game spilled over somewhat.

The Lake Oswego win followed a disheartening loss to Oregon City in overtime Friday. The Lakers erased a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter and had a chance to take the lead in the final seconds of regulation at the foul line but missed the front end of a one-and-one before the Pioneers pulled away in the extra period.

Dinesen and Zach Parker each had 20 points in the game for Lake Oswego.

Also on Friday, Lakeridge played No. 2 Clackamas dead even for three quarters but the Cavaliers found their form in the fourth period, outscoring the Pacers 21-5 down the stretch.

Lakeridge will host a play-in game later this week.

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