The Bruins now control their own destiny for the chance at a Mt. Hood Conference crown

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Barlow's Evan Inglesby prepares to finish strong at the rim.

Mt. Hood Conference
6A Boys Basketball

Team Score
Oregon City

GRESHAM — The logjam at the top of the Mt. Hood Conference became a little less crowded on Tuesday evening.

Both Oregon City and Barlow were 9-2 in league play coming into their crucial early-week matchup. Oregon City won a thrilling 71-65 double overtime contest against the Bruins back on Jan. 19, but on this night, Barlow would get their revenge.

Daello Portin-Chapman came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points as Barlow came one step closer to clinching the MHC crown with a 78-64 victory over Oregon City.

"I was really pleased with how we played," Barlow head coach Tom Johnson said. "After the first few minutes, we executed pretty well throughout the game. Our defensive pressure really seemed to bother (Oregon City) in the second half and Daello kept hitting big shot after big shot."

Jesse White added 15 points in the win for the Bruins while Evan Inglesby and Dominic Jacoby each chipped in with 12 points.

Oregon City was led by Tyler Quinsey, who had 17 points on the night. Teron Bradford was also in double-figures with 16 points in defeat.

"We just flat out got beat. Barlow was the better team tonight and they deserved to win that game," Oregon City head coach Aaron Newkirk said. "They were better in every phase so you just got to tip your hat to them."

The Pioneers started out the game with a 7-4 lead, but Barlow immediately responded with a layup from Jacoby and a corner 3-pointer from Cole Edmondson to take the early lead.

Moments later, thanks to consecutive hoops by White and Jacoby, as well as a triple from Jared Vedus, the Bruins ended the first quarter on a 14-3 run to go on top 18-10.

"The last time we played (Barlow), we took care of the ball a lot better and we were able to defend the three-point line," Bradford said. "We gave them way too many easy looks and that is what killed us."

Even though Barlow eventually extended their lead to double-digits in the second quarter, Oregon City continued to stick around as they went into the half trailing by just seven at 35-28. Three straight buckets by Quinsey to open up the third quarter cut the lead to one at 35-34 and forced Johnson to spend a timeout.

However, when the Bruins came out of the timeout, they turned up the intensity on both sides of the court.

Look for extended coverage in the Feb. 16 print edition.

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