Mustangs go to the buzzer for summer league win
The Milwaukie boys basketball team got off to a fast start to build a big lead over Barlow in a summer league game Tuesday night, but a pair of free throws in the final seconds would prove to be the decisive points in the Mustangs' 51-50 win.
The Bruins rallied from 17 points down to take the lead when Nathan Jones finished in the paint with 1:30 to play.
Milwaukie took possession and worked the ball to all corners of the floor searching for a good look. Deegan McCord drove to the basket and drew a foul with 0:43 left, calmly swishing both free throws for the winning points.
Barlow got an open look at a winning 3 from the corner, but it bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer.
The Bruins found themselves playing catch up early after Milwaukie's DeShawn Myles floated to the hoop for two points, and McCord absorbed a bump on a breakaway chance for a three-point play that put the Mustangs up early 20-10.
The lead continued to grow when Myles came up with a steal in the backcourt to finish off a flurry of three buckets in 20 seconds. Myles would bank in a 3-pointer from the left side to give Milwaukie its biggest lead at 31-14 late in the first half.
Barlow climbed back into contention with a 10-point flurry before the break. Connor Hills sparked the scoring spree when he drove the lane and dished the ball across to Jones for a layup. On the next trip down the floor, Hills slowed his dribble as he came across half court and found Jimmie Parker with a no-look pass for a 3-pointer from the far side of the floor.
Jesse Jones cleaned up an offensive board to pull the Bruins two points closer.
Hills finished the rally himself when the Bruins' bench counted down the final seconds off the half, and he hit an off-balance jumper from near the sideline to trim the halftime margin to 31-24.
McCord re-established Milwaukie's double-digit lead midway through the third quarter when he swiped a steal and beat two Bruins to the basket.
The Bruins made it a one-possession game several times in the fourth quarter, but Milwaukie had the answers when McCord grabbed an inbounds pass and drove the lane for a three-point play and a 45-40 lead.
A couple minutes later, Myles hit a 3-pointer to put Milwaukie up 49-43 as the clock moved under five minutes.
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