Clackamas guard Mitchell Modjeski never comes off the floor on his way to a game-high 24 points

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JIM BESEDA - Barlows Dominic Jacoby makes a drive into the lane during Wednesdays 71-65 loss at Clackamas.

Mount Hood Conference

Team Score
Clackamas (8-8)
Barlow (9-7)

CLACKAMAS — Clackamas' Mitchell Modjeski didn't make a conscience decision to take over the game in crunch time Wednesday night.

It just worked out that way.

Modjeski scored 11 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, including two key lay-ins in the final 2:10 as the Cavaliers held off the Barlow Bruins for a 71-65 Mount Hood Conference boys' basketball victory.

Jaren Hunter came off the Barlow bench and hit a 3 before the end of the third quarter, and the Bruins kept whittling the margin to make it a one-possession game with 2:46 remaining.

That's when Modjeski, the 6-foot-2 senior, the quarterback of Clackamas' state championship football team, went hard to the basket on back-to-back possessions to push the Cavaliers' lead to 67-61 with 1:49 left.

"The plays were just there," Modjeski said. "I wasn't thinking like, 'I've got to score right here.' That was just kind of how it played out."

The Bruins return home at 6 p.m. tonight to face Central Catholic.

Look for expanded coverage ahead in our Friday, Jan. 26, print edition.

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