McKay Burg hits four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead Lakeridge

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge's Joe Sindlinger gets a shot off in the Pacers' game against West Linn.Lakeridge ground out its second league win Tuesday in impressive fashion, using a hot-shooting fourth quarter to take down an improved Canby squad 79-68.

It was an uptempo game that went back and forth for much of the evening. Canby had the hot hand early on and sent the Lakeridge defense scrambling.

The Cougars jumped out to a quick lead but Lakeridge clawed back into contention and only trailed 23-18 after the first period.

The Pacers kept the momentum on their side in the second quarter, continuing to cut into the deficit while making small adjustments on defense.

Lakeridge was able to close out on Canby's shooters better and, after giving up 23 points in the first eight minutes, only allowed 11 in the second quarter.

That allowed the Pacers to tie the game at the half 34-34.

The game remained tied heading into the fourth quarter where the Pacers started to find their shooting tough.

Specifically, McKay Burg caught fire. Burg hit an early 3-pointer to give Lakeridge the lead and then, in the final three minutes, connected on dagger after dagger.

Burg hit four of his five 3-pointers in the final period and helped Lakeridge pull away in the closing minutes.

Eric Dungey led the Pacers with 21 points.

The Lakeridge boys basketball team also hung with No. 1 West Linn until late in the second quarter Friday but things spiraled downhill quickly in a tough 77-47 loss.

The Pacers were handicapped by the fact that leading-scorer Reggie Oliver was sidelined for the majority of the game, including the entire second half, with flu-like symptoms.

It was an up-tempo and exciting opening period. Oliver made his presence felt early on, getting the hoop and scoring on three of his first four attempts.

But West Linn was hot early as well, hitting its first four shots from the field as well.

Lakeridge's Jake Spurgeon was a difficult matchup for the Lions for much of the evening.

He had seven early points and became a target for the offense. The Pacers had their chances to make their mark early in the second quarter but careless turnovers hurt their rhythm.

West Linn's Payton Pritchard and Anthony Mathis stayed hot from the field and the Lions started to pull away.

The Lions put heavy pressure on the perimeter and forced Lakeridge into 10 turnovers in the period. The result was a 16-0 run that helped West Linn build a 44-27 halftime lead.

Lakeridge couldn't make much of a dent in the lead to start the second half as it went ice cold from the floor.

The Pacers did succeed in getting West Linn into early foul trouble but the Lions were firmly in control. Pritchard began to take over for the Lions' offense and West Linn led 60-35 with one period to play.

West Linn played its bench for much of the fourth quarter but Joe Sindlinger had six quick points for Lakeridge.

Spurgeon finished the game with 19 points and six rebounds for the Pacers.

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