Lake Oswego crushes West Linn to extend undefeated season

The West Linn Lions (12-5, 2-1 Three Rivers League) battled the visiting Lake Oswego Lakers (17-0, 3-0 TRL) on a night when the West Linn community honored Steve Forsyth, who was killed in the Clackamas Town Center shooting on Dec. 11.

The crowd yelled “Oh yeah!!” in honor of Forsyth,  Lake Oswego, Class of 1984, and soon the game was underway. The Lakers emerged victorious with a 81-59 victory with championship implications on the line.

Lake Oswego was off to a hot start despite its star center Calvin Hermanson, senior, playing with an ankle injury that left him at about 80 percent. At the end of the first quarter they led 21-13 and never looked back. The Lakers were led by guard Connor Griffin, senior, who had a triple double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Griffin was not the only key in propelling the Lakers; three other players finished in double figures.

At the end of the first half, the Lakers had a controlling 36-20 lead and were up by at least 11 points the rest of the game. The Lions had enough offense to keep up with the Lakers, but their defense struggled, allowing 45 points in the second half.

West Linn was led by forward Hayden Coppedge, junior, with 16 points. The Lions had a brief comeback during the third quarter but couldn’t keep it as the game slipped away from them leading into the fourth.

The Lions take on the Canby Cougars (5-10, 1-2 TRL) at home tonight at 7:30 P.M.