If No. 7 Lake Oswego had a weakness, Canby thought it was outside shooting.
"The scouting report on them is they haven't been shooting it great," Canby coach Craig Evans said.
That was not a problem Wednesday night as the Lakers made six 3-pointers in the first half on their way to a 74-46 Three Rivers League victory.
"Their seniors came out and they hit shots right off the bat, and got us down early, and they're a very veteran team," Evans said of Lake Oswego, which entered the game 10-0 in league play. "When they get a lead like that, they thrive that way. You've got to get those teams down quick, so that they have to do something different. They got to stick to their game plan the whole time, and we had to adjust ours."
Lake Oswego senior Casey Graver made four 3-pointers in the first half, including one at the buzzer to give the Lakers a 35-18 lead at intermission.
"They're a really good team," Evans said. "You have to pick your battles and we couldn't just let them score lanes because last time (a 59-48 Lake Oswego win) they just abused us inside, so we had to adjust and they hit their shots."
With Lake Oswego in control 57-36, all three Canby seniors, Ronan Gay, Cayden Delozer and Jake Scott played for most of the fourth quarter of their final regular season game.
Scott made two 3-pointers.
"It was fun to watch," Evans said. "They're a very special group. I've known all three of those guys since they were in grade school. It's fun watching them grow from little third and fourth graders to seniors now who have been great leaders. We'll miss them. They've gotten us better every single day in practice. They keep it light when it needs to be light. They keep it serious when it needs to be serious, and all three of them are fierce competitors."
Canby junior Diego Arredondo scored 10 points to lead the Cougars. Jack Chlumak had 17 points for the Lakers.
Despite losing seven of their final nine games, the Cougars finished 5-7 in the Three Rivers League, winning more league games this year than the two previous seasons combined. Canby went 2-10 in the TRL last season.
After the loss to Lake Oswego, the Cougars remained at No. 30 in OSAA's Class 6A rankings.
The top three teams from each of the seven leagues advance to the postseason.
Canby, which at best can finish fourth in its league, would need to get in as one of 11 at-large qualifiers based on the OSAA rankings, which freeze Saturday at 10 p.m.
Canby last made the playoffs in 2016.
"I believe in this team and that we can do some damage," Evans said. "We've beaten top 10 teams before. We're capable of doing it. I know they're not afraid. If we get an opportunity to play, we're going to play our hardest."
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