Shooting and defensive struggles plague the Lakers in their MLK Invitational loss

REVIEW PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lake Oswego senior J.R. Schilling loses control of the ball after being fouled during his team's 77-64 loss to Roosevelt in the MLK Invitational at Lewis & Clark College on Monday.There's never a good day to have a bad day, but the Lake Oswego boys basketball team had just that — in this case, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Lakers, facing Roosevelt in the first game of the MLK Invitational on Monday, struggled with their shooting from the foul line, gave up easy baskets on defense and generally seemed to be in a funk against the Roughriders, leading to Roosevelt's 77-64 victory at Lewis & Clark College.

"We just didn't play well," said Lake Oswego senior wing J.R. Schilling, who led his team with 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the floor. "Our transition defense wasn't playing great and we couldn't hit shots in the beginning so it was tough."

"The difference was that they just pushed the tempo a lot more," added Laker freshman guard Wayne McKinney III, who added 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting along with four assists. "That was pretty much it."

With Monday's result, the Lakers — currently 12th in the Oregon School Activities Association power rankings — lost for the second time in three games and fell to 9-5 overall (they're currently 3-1 and tied for second in the Three Rivers League). No. 27 Roosevelt, meanwhile, won for the second time in their last three games and improved to 5-8 overall (the Riders are also currently 1-4 and seventh in the Portland Interscholastic League).

But none of the records or rankings mattered on Monday. While the Lakers weren't sharp in the first half, they held their own, trailing just 15-11 after the first quarter and 32-26 at the half.

But Lake Oswego seemed to jumpstart its offense at the beginning of the third quarter, getting back-to-back Schilling 3-pointers in the first 1 minute, 18 seconds of the second half, then tying the score at 34-34 when Schilling made a steal and set up junior guard Josh Angle for a "three" of his own from the left corner with 6:21 remaining in the period.

But the Roughriders answered with a 10-0 run over the next 2:16, getting a long jumpshot from Jaylen Lyday, a Malik Kelley layin assisted by Jayoni Moore, a Bostyn Holt fast break basket, another Lyday hoop and a short jumper from the right baseline by Trevon Richmond to make it 44-34 with 4:05 left in the third quarter.

That said, the Lakers weren't done yet. McKinney scored six points and Schilling another five before the end of the period to keep their team within 54-46, and Angle buried a jumpshot from the top of the key a minute into the fourth to cut the Laker deficit to 54-48.

But the Roughriders — led by Holt's 17 points, 15 by Richmond and 14 from Lyday — responded with a 17-9 run to put the game on ice, that stretch highlighted by five Masieo Chisley points and another four from Moore.

For the game, Roosevelt shot 59 percent from the field.

"We just needed to talk more on defense," McKinney said. "I felt like we didn't talk a lot on defense and our help side movement was off."

"We just can't start out slow," Schilling added. "Now, we've just got to move on to the next games against Canby and Tualatin."

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