Barlow boys hold off charging Rams
6A BOYS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference
|Central Catholic (10-7)|
The Barlow boys basketball team burst out of the locker room and could not be caught during a 69-64 win over Central Catholic on Friday night.
After five lead changes in the first half, the Bruins came out in the second and put the first eight points on the scoreboard — four on layups and Evan Inglesby and four more on transition buckets by Jesse White.
In a flash, Barlow found itself up 44-33 — a lead it would hold the rest of the way.
The Rams did get to within two points several times down the stretch, but Barlow had the answer at the offensive end each time.
Bruins' senior Austin Forrar sank a pair of free throws with 13.3 seconds to play that put Barlow up 67-64.
The Rams rushed down the floor and got off a 3-pointer from the top of the arc, but the shot was wide left the whole way.
Jesse White led the Bruins with 24 points, knocking down 9 of 11 free throws on the night.
"We had to be smart with the ball and keep making plays down the stretch," Forrar said.
The win pushes Barlow (10-7) back among the Mount Hood Conference contenders, trailing Oregon City and Clackamas by one game each heading into the second half of the league season.
The Bruins host David Douglas at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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