Barlow prevails over Gresham
Mt. Hood Conference
6A Boys Basketball
GRESHAM — Under second-year head coach Erik Lyslo, the Gresham boys basketball program looks to be on the rise. This Gopher team has already surpassed their win total from last season and will likely break their four-year Mt. Hood Conference losing streak within the next couple weeks.
Barlow just wanted to make sure that they wouldn't be the ones that would surrender that first league victory to the Gophers.
Dominic Jacoby led the Bruins with a game-high 22 points as Barlow pulled off the 68-58 victory against their arch-rival on Tuesday night at Gresham High School. Jesse White was also in double-figures with 16 points on 8-of-11 (.727) shooting from the foul line and Evan Inglesby came through with 15 points off the bench.
Christian Turner was Gresham's leading scorer with 16 points and Ahmad Kempster added 14 points of his own.
"I was really impressed with how well (Gresham) played. They are much improved and Erik has done a great job with them," Barlow head coach Tom Johnson said. "This win is a credit to our kids and their composure. It seemed like whenever we needed to get a basket we were able to do so."
This was the second game in a row where Gresham has hung with a superior team from the MHC — the Gophers trailed Clackamas by just four late in the second half before losing 75-66 last Friday — but just couldn't get over the hump to victory.
"The effort was fantastic tonight. I think that it's clear to anyone that saw us last year that we have a completely different basketball team this year," Lyslo said. "Down the stretch a couple things didn't go our way, but I thought the main difference was that (Barlow's) role players knocked down shots from the perimeter and our guys didn't. We had good looks in our offense and attacked well. We have a couple more shots go in and that's a different game."
Both teams played fairly up-tempo to start things off with Barlow getting out to a 19-14 after the first period. Gresham had a very difficult time containing Jacoby in the first eight minutes. The junior forward had 10 of his 22 points in the first quarter and showed his versatility with an array of mid-range jumpers and cuts to the hoop off of pick-and-rolls.
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