Canby outlasts Lakeridge for first league win
Canby and Lakeridge met before the league season on Saturday, Dec. 29 in the Canby Tournament, and Canby walked away with a convincing 54-36. That would be the Cougars last victory for two weeks until the two teams met again on Friday, Jan. 11. Canby once again got the "W" but it did not come easy, as the Cougars battled the Pacers for a 64-58 win.
The game started as well as could have for the Cougars. The first quarter saw the home team hit five baskets, each one from beyond the arc. Canby sophomore Diego Arredondo had three in the quarter, and was the teams leading scorer at the end of the night with 19 total points. Senior Rizdin Miller and sophomore Tyler Mead sank the other two 3-pointers.
For its part Lakeridge kept things close, never falling too far behind in the first stanza. The Pacers picked up five baskets of their own, including one from 3-point territory and an "And One" play. Junior Cooper Justice had five points in the quarter, and senior Nima Vaday had the 3-pointer.
At the quarter, Canby led 15-12.
In the second quarter, both teams unleashed a torrent of buckets on the other. Both the home team and Lakeridge recorded 20 points in the next eight minutes. Canby switched up its offensive approach, attacking the paint as the second quarter wore on. Junior Cayden Delozier got things started for the Cougars, sinking a layup and subsequent free throw, and fellow junior Ronan Gay drained a 3-pointer from deep.
After that start Lakeridge put together a streak of its own, going 4-for-6 from the charity stripe, and getting a Noa Bothe lay-up. The lead stood at 21-17, and the momentum of the game was swaying towards the visiting team. Canby sophomores Ben Bailey and Mead managed four points between them but Lakeridge continued to push, tying up the game 26-26.
Canby's Arredondo recorded two more 3-point plays, but without nailing the long ball. Fouled on the shot, Arredondo landed three free throws from the charity stripe, and got an "And one" play on a baseline floater.
Lakeridge managed to keep things close, tying up the game multiple times before the horn sounded at the half. Bothe did the heavy lifting in the quarter, scoring nine points from the field and free throw line.
At the half, Canby led 35-32.
Coming out at the half, Lakeridge was able to find its footing in hostile territory. Despite Canby's Bailey recording a pair of inside baskets, the Pacers established it's first of the game.
Baskets from Bothe, senior Lawrence Chen, and Vaday, along with free throws from Justice gave Lakeridge a brief 41-39 lead.
The two squads battled back and forth, but it was ultimately Lakeridge leading 48-45 at the end of the third quarter.
Canby regained control of the game at the start of the fourth quarter. Freshman Alexander Evans dropped a 3-ball in, and Gay was active inside the key drawing fouls and getting layups. Canby led 55-50, but Lakeridge was far from out. Lawrence Chen made a 3-pointer, and Vaday went 1-of-2 from the free throw line and hit an inside shot to get the Pacer's lead 56-55.
The Cougars pressed the action, and regained the lead with multiple trips to the free throw line, going 7-of-8 down the stretch. Canby took advantage of the fouls, and walked away with a 64-58 win.
One of the major differences was the teams' efficiencies from the free throw mark. Canby went 22-for-27 from the line, 81 percent. Lakeridge, meanwhile, went 9-for-20 over the same time, 45 percent. From the field Lakeridge actually shot better than Canby, albeit marginally. The Pacers went 22-of-49, 45 percent, while the home team went 17-for-39, 44 percent.
Lakeridge outrebounded Canby 33-25, but the Cougars edged the visiting team in assists 13-12.
Canby improves to 6-7 overall, and 1-1 in the Three Rivers League (TRL). Canby will square off with Oregon City (0-1 TRL, 9-4 overall) on Tuesday, Jan. 15 after the Herald goes to press. Lakeridge (0-2 TRL, 6-7 overall) will face Lake Oswego (2-0 TRL, 10-3 overall) on Wednesday, Jan. 16.