Barlow relies on 3s to stay with Oak Hill early
6A BOYS BASKETBALL
Les Schwab Invitational
|Oak Hill Academy|
HILLSBORO — The Barlow boys basketball team came out firing and found itself down by a single point against national power Oak Hill Academy when the first-quarter buzzer sounded during Wednesday's opening round of the Les Schwab Invitational.
The Bruins knew it would be impossible to challenge inside against a Warriors squad whose shortest member of the starting lineup was 6-foot-4 point guard Will Richardson. So instead, the Bruins fired arrows from the perimeter in an attempt to slay a giant.
Barlow connected on 7 of 12 (.583) from deep during the first quarter, and Oak Hill couldn't focus in on any one shooter. The Bruins saw three different players knock down multiple 3s during the quick start.
"We knew we would struggle to get the ball down low, so we couldn't do what we usually would," Cole Edmondson said. "We were all super nervous, but it was an awesome feeling when the shots were falling."
With the first-quarter winding down, Barlow guard Daello Portin-Chapman brought the ball slowly across half court when players on the Bruins' bench started a 5-second countdown. His teammates shouted 'four' when Portin-Chapman let loose with a shot several steps beyond the arc that caught his defender by surprise.
The ball ripped the net to pull the Bruins within 24-23 after one.
"We knew we had to come out and play with no fear, and I was pleased in that regard," Johnson said.
The Bruins had a chance for the lead and another chance to pull even early in the second quarter, but a string of seven straight misses allowed Oak Hill to stretch it to a 44-30 margin at the break.
The Warriors put the game away with a 33-point onslaught in the third quarter.
Oak Hill's Keldon Johnson finished with a game-high 29 points, while Jesse White led Barlow with 16.
Barlow takes on league-foe Clackamas in a consolation game at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Liberty High. The tournament continues through Saturday.
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