6A BOYS BASKETBALL
PORTLAND — The Barlow boys basketball team was closing in on the third-place trophy after building a 13-point lead midway through the third quarter, but Lincoln stormed back to take the lead in the final minute on its way to a surprising 68-63 win Saturday night.
The Bruins led most of the way, building its biggest margin early in the second half after Cole Edmondson found Dominic Jacoby in front of Barlow's bench for a 3-pointer. On the next trip down the floor, Edmondson kept the ball and hit a runner in the lane to put the Bruins up 40-27.
Lincoln would close it down to a one-point margin late in the third, but Barlow's Austin Forrar beat the clock with an 18-footer from the right side to send the Bruins into the fourth quarter with a three-point lead.
He nearly doubled that margin when Lincoln lobbed a ball down the center of the court. Forrar was the only player in the area, grabbing the ball at the far free-throw line and heaving a 3/4-court shot at the horn. The ball was on line, but came up a few inches short, grazing the bottom of the rim.
Daello Portin-Chapman hit a 10-footer over the top of a defender to put the Bruins up 58-53 with 3:38 to play.
But Lincoln outscored the Bruins 15-5 down the stretch, getting the winning points after poking a ball loose in the lane. Daniel Kovalev pounced on it and rushed the other way for the winning layup with 0:41 on the clock.
"It's really, really frustrating to lead the whole way and lose it at the end," Barlow coach Tom Johnson said. "We had a stretch at the end of the third and early in the fourth where we missed some good looks and were unable to stretch out lead out."
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