The Bruins finish in a four-way tie atop the Mount Hood Conference, head to South Salem for playoffs

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Mt. Hood Conference
6A Boys Basketball

Team Score
Central Catholic

PORTLAND — Barlow had already clinched a share of the Mt. Hood Conference title for the first time since 2010 coming into Friday's game against Central Catholic. But with the chance to claim the outright league championship, the Bruins came up just short.

Jesse White and Daello Portin-Chapman led Barlow (16-8, 11-3 MHC) with 15 points apiece, but it wasn't enough as Central Catholic (16-8, 11-3) pulled out a 71-66 win over the Bruins.

Isaac Amaral-Artharee lead all scorers with 17 points for Central Catholic.

"I was disappointed with our execution, especially in the first quarter and the third quarter," Barlow head coach Tom Johnson said. "We didn't start either half off very well. Offensively, we took some really tough shots, which you have to give credit to Central Catholic for. They are a very good defensive team and they blocked a lot of our shot attempts."

The Bruins struggled to stop Central Catholic in transition for most of the game, and it became apparent almost immediately as the contest started. The Rams got out on a 6-0 run in the first 50 seconds to grab the early advantage.

Despite six points in the period by Dominic Jacoby, the Bruins fell behind 20-12 after one. However, Barlow played their best basketball of the game in the second quarter.

After a layup from Portin-Chapman and a triple by White, Barlow found themselves only down by one at 26-25 midway through the period. The Bruins would eventually take the lead on another 3-pointer from White moments later.

Central Catholic would come back to tie the game, but back-to-back baskets from Jacoby to end the half gave the Bruins a 36-33 lead.

"More shots were falling for us in the second quarter," Jacoby said. "We were playing a lot better on defense before we got to half."

Look for extended coverage in the Feb. 27 print edition.

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