The Lakers very nearly finish their tournament with three straight victories

REVIEW PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lake Oswego senior J.R. Schilling rises up for a shot in his team's Les Schwab Invitational opener against Grant on Dec. 27.Say this at least about the Lake Oswego boys basketball team and its participation in the 2017 Les Schwab Invitational — the Lakers got their money's worth.

Lake Oswego opened the elite 16-team tournament at Liberty High School with a 73-61 loss to third-ranked Grant on Dec. 27, beat perennial power Jesuit 76-60 on Dec. 28, took out Clackamas — last year's state runner-up — 85-74 on Friday, then fell to No. 9 West Salem 83-72 in the consolation championship on Saturday.

"The competition here is definitely elite," said Lake Oswego junior guard Josh Angle. "It's one of the best tournaments in the country at this time so it's really great to be a part of it and be able to have such a great opportunity."

"We're just playing tough teams," added senior wing J.R. Schilling. "Every team we've played is really good and we're learning from each game."

Grant 73, Lake Oswego 61: While the Lakers fell short in their LSI opener, they stuck with talented Grant for a very long time.

"It was my … first look at them. They are pretty good," said Wayne McKinney III, who finished with eight points, five rebounds and five assists. "We just felt like we had to go faster, stop the point guard and make sure he didn't get to the middle."

Grant started fast against Lake Oswego, with Ty Rankin hitting a layup that gave his team an 11-4 lead with 2 minutes, 49 seconds left in the first quarter. Lake Oswego rallied back within 11-8 on baskets by Shawn Elliott and Fred Harding at the end of the period, but the Generals pulled away again from there.

In the second quarter, Grant put together a 14-3 run that included two three-pointers by Aaron Deloney and another "three" from Rankin to lead 25-11 with 5:24 to go in the half.

But Lake Oswego battled back again, outscoring the Generals 16-8 in the final 4:43 of the half to close within 33-27 at the break. Brandon Roberts scored five points in that stretch (including a three-pointer) and Grant Fuson added a "three" of his own to keep the Lakers close.

Grant took over in the third period, however, outscoring Lake Oswego 21-10 and pushing its lead to 52-33 on a layup by Damon Hicock with 1:08 remaining in the period. The Lakers fought back gamely in the fourth quarter and closed within 66-55 on a basket by Wayne McKinney III with 1:41 remaining, but got no closer.

Hicock led Grant with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Deloney scored 16, and Kelton Samore added 12 points and 11 rebounds. For Lake Oswego, Roberts led the way with 16 points, Angle added 13 and Fuson had 10.

Lake Oswego 76, Jesuit 60: In game two, the Lakers just flat rolled past Jesuit, leading 23-10 after one quarter, 43-26 at the half and 62-35 after three before the Crusaders put together a big fourth period.

Angle went off in this one with 27 points on 9 of 10 shooting from the field (including 2 of 3 three-pointers) and a 7 of 7 day at the foul line, along with five steals and three assists.

"A lot of teams use the Les Schwab as a springboard to later success in their season and I feel like that can definitely be the case with this group," Angle said. "We're just a lot tougher from the beginning of this year."

Schilling added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in the win, while Roberts had eight points and three assists, and Elliott four points and eight rebounds.

For Jesuit, Matthew Levis finished with 17 points, Joe Wall added 11 and Will Spitznagel had eight points and three assists in the loss.

Lake Oswego 85, Clackamas 74: Lake Oswego turned in its best tournament performance in game three on Friday, knocking off Clackamas behind Schilling's 26 points and six assists.

"Clackamas is a great team and we had to play well to beat them," Schilling said. "We are really learning how to be a team right now. We're learning how each other plays and how to play with each other."

The Cavaliers — getting 27 points from Mitchell Modjeski and 26 more from Cole Turner — led 21-19 at the end of the first quarter, but saw the Lakers pull ahead 44-42 at the half, extend that margin to 64-58 at the end of three and keep Clackamas at arm's length down the stretch.

"We have good connections as a team," said Roberts, who finished with 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting from the field. "I feel like we bring each other up energy-wise so it's good to keep each other accountable."

The Lakers also got 17 points and six rebounds from Angle, and 12 points each by Elliott and McKinney. Sam Abere added three points and six assists in the win.

West Salem 83, Lake Oswego 72: The Lakers had a chance — a big chance — to close their tournament with three straight wins and a consolation championship, but saw the Titans explode at the end of the contest on Saturday.

The Lakers led at the end of the first quarter (22-18), the second quarter (43-35) and the third (59-48), and were still ahead 70-58 on a McKinney jumpshot with 4:11 left in the contest.

But it wasn't enough.

While Lake Oswego only scored once more — on an Elliott inside hoop off a McKinney pass with 1:54 left to play — West Salem went wild. In the game's final 3:55, the Titans forced nine Laker turnovers and poured in 25 points, with Kyle Greeley scoring 16 of his game-high 39 down the stretch.

Greeley hit eight straight foul shots in that span and knocked down 3 of 4 shots from the field (including two three-pointers), while teammate Tyler Miller added six points and Tyke Thompson another four.

For the game, Greeley went 11 of 19 from the field (including four "threes") and 13 of 13 at the line. Miller added 17 and Justin Scroggin 12 in the win. For Lake Oswego, Elliott finished with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Schilling had 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

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