6A playoffs, second round
|#6 Barlow Bruins|
GRESHAM — Westview stuttered coming out of the halftime locker room and could never catch No. 6-ranked Barlow during a 54-43 road loss in Saturday's second of the 6A boys basketball playoffs.
With the Wildcats paying close attention to the Bruins' top two scorers — senior guards Jesse White and Evan Inglesby — Barlow instead went to another senior sharp-shooter in Joey Wolcott. He knocked down an open 3-pointer from the corner and another long ball from the top of the arc, then finished the scoring burst by cutting through the lane for a layup.
Eight points in a couple of minutes, and the Bruins went from up four at the half to in charge 34-22.
"Jesse and Evan were drawing a lot of attention and it just kinda happened," Wolcott said. "We are a veteran group that is used to close games, so we stayed pretty composed."
The Bruins would carry a double-digit lead most of the rest of the way.
The Bruins helped themselves out late in the third when White poked away a steal, sidestepped a nearby Wildcat and sent the ball ahead to Wolcott, who drew a foul. The turnover did not produce any points, but it did give Westview's Brady Grier with his fourth foul. The 6-foot-5 center saw limited minutes down the stretch before fouling out with 1:33 to play.
Westview stayed within striking distance when Wayne Jamison launched himself across the width of the lane, releasing an underhand scoop shot for two points as he flew through the air.
The Wildcats were down 10 heading into the fourth quarter.
Barlow started the fourth in familiar fashion with Inglesby finding Wolcott open in the corner for a 3.
On their next trip, the Bruins took more than a minute off the clock before Jaren Hunter found Josh Nomie in the lane for a layup.
Barlow went to the patient approach on the next trip as well, taking 109 ticks off the clock, repeatedly driving into the lane before kicking the ball back out to the perimeter.
"The fourth quarter was all about taking care of the ball and clock management," White said. "We were told not to force shots. We tried driving a few times, but it wasn't there, so we kicked it back out."
Westview eventually fouled to stop the clock with 2:05 to play.
The Wildcats grabbed a missed free throw, but promptly whipped a pass clean out of bounds giving it back to Barlow.
London Smalley sank a pair of free throws to bring Westview within 48-41 with 1:17 to play, but that was as much of a threat as Barlow would face in the second half.
White swished four straight free throws in the final minute close out the victory. He finished with a game-high 23 points, while Wolcott added 15. Jamison led the Wildcats with 20 points.
Barlow faces No. 3 Jefferson in the 6:30 p.m. quarterfinal game Thursday at the Chiles Center.
The Wildcats trailed by as many as nine points in the first half before making a charge shortly before intermission.
Jamison came up with a steal at the top of the arc and beat everyone down the floor for a layup.
Westview's defense forced Barlow into an off-balance 3 that missed the mark in the final seconds. In a rush to grab an offensive board, the Bruins were called for an over-the-back violation, and Grier took the long walk to the far free-throw line with 1.6 seconds left. He sank one of two tries to bring the Wildcats within 24-20 at the break.
WESTVIEW 10 10 11 12 — 43
BARLOW 15 9 17 13 — 54
Westview (43) — Wayne Jamison 20, Smalley 10, Grable 7, Grier 4, Grady 2, Whitaker, Coalson, Batish.
Barlow (54) — Jesse White 23, Wolcott 15, Nomie 8, Inglesby 7, Weber 1, Hills, Hunter.
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