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The Bruins prevail despite a second half comeback attempt from the Eagles on Friday.

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Barlow's Dominic Jacoby prepares to rise up for the jump shot.



Mt. Hood Conference
6A Boys Basketball

Team Score
Barlow
65
Centennial
56


GRESHAM — No matter what they did defensively, Centennial couldn't slow down Jesse White.

Despite being face-guarded for most of the game, the Barlow sophomore dropped a game-high 27 points as the Bruins (8-5, 3-0 MHC) remained unbeaten in Mt. Hood Conference play by taking down Centennial (2-11, 0-3 MHC) 65-56 on Friday night.

"As long as I'm always moving, my teammates will find me when I'm open," White said. "It's all about playing smart. I didn't want to force anything, especially when it was close. I was fortunate enough to get some pretty good looks throughout the game."

Centennial was led by Thomas Anderson, who had 17 points and was 4-of-9 (.444) from three-point land. TJ Tyler also provided a scoring spark for the Eagles with 14 points off the bench.

Anderson would hit his first two of his first three attempts from behind the arc in the first quarter to put Centennial on top 11-10. However, Barlow would respond in a major way. The Bruins would finish the period on a 10-0 run, thanks to eight straight points from White, and take a 20-11 lead into the second quarter.

Barlow's devastating three-quarter court trap gave Centennial nightmares in the first half, causing a plethora on unforced turnovers by the Eagles.

"We weren't focused to start the game and we weren't communicating well," Anderson said. "The turnovers killed us."


Look for extended coverage in the Jan. 16 print edition.


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