Both the four-seed Lakers and the five-seed Spruce Mountain Phoenix earned a bye through the first round of the 2015 postseason, but they clashed in Saturday’s quarterfinals at the Portland Expo. There, the two teams duked out a tight game – replete with gutsy ball movement and incredibly fun to watch – that came right down to the wire.

The Lakers’ Jack Lesure, who finished with seven, grabbed a pair of frees with 7.1 seconds remaining to put his squad up by a three, and teammate Nate Smith, who totaled 10, drained another just moments later to put them up by two possessions. Nick Hall added 13 in the narrow, 41-37 victory.

Spruce Mountain close their season at 11-8; Lake Region, now 14-5, moves on to face No. 1 Yarmouth in the semis at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19.

Nate Smith contributed 10 for the Lakers in their 41-37 win over Spruce Mountain on Saturday.Lake Region’s Quinn Piland collides with the Phoenix’s Peter Theriault in the Lakers’ quarterfinals victory over Spruce Mountain.Lake Region’s Jack Lesure tallied seven – including a pair of critical, late-game free-throws – against Spruce Mountain on Saturday.


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