Barlow lands in Friday's Final Four
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PORTLAND — Everyone in the Chiles Center knew who would be taking the last shot, but Tualatin was powerless to stop Barlow sophomore Jesse White on this night.
Deadlocked down the stretch, the Bruins handed the ball to White near the mid-court logo with 20 seconds left. He dribbled the clock down until the Super Fans behind the backboard started a thunderous 10-second countdown.
Teammate Dominic Jacoby sprinted off the low block and bounced around above the 3-point arc, getting in the way of a pair of Tualatin defenders. White took a quick dribble to his right, then backed away from the pack and launched a 3-pointer from five feet behind the arc.
"They went under the screen, and I just shot it," White said.
It was all net.
Barlow had the winning points to collect the 69-66 quarterfinal win.
Tualatin called an immediate timeout and had 1.3 seconds to pull off a miracle.
The Timberwolves' initial inbounds attempt sailed down the sideline where Jacoby crashed the scene and deflected the ball into the scorer's table.
Tualatin retained possession, but was down to half-a-second to make something happen. That's only enough time for a truncated heave at the hoop.
The Timberwolves wouldn't even get that.
Lucas Noland inbounded the ball and Derek Leneve took a dribble.
The clock expired before the ball bounced back up into his hands.
His half-court attempt was far off target regardless.
The Bruins (19-8) advance to face No. 1-ranked Jefferson (24-3) in Friday's first semifinal game at 6:30 p.m. Portland schools Grant (22-4) and Lincoln (17-9) will meet in the late game at 8:15 p.m.
The Democrats have not lost to an Oregon school this season — their three setbacks coming to schools in the top 35 of USA Today's national rankings.
The Timberwolves built the largest lead of the night at 23-15 late in the first quarter after producing points on 11 of 15 (.733) possessions to start the game. That included four put-back buckets, as Tualatin was hitting the boards hard.
But it was the Bruins who would hold the lead at the end of the quarter.
After holding the ball on his hip near mid court, White made his move dribbling in front of the Tualatin bench before rising over a defender and hitting a triple. He kept his index finger pointing skyward, recognizing he had been fouled on the shot. Sure enough a whistle sounded, and White hit the free throw to put the Bruins in front 27-26.
The teams would trade the lead 11 times before Barlow would move in front to stay 49-47 when Cole Edmondson pulled up at the elbow and sank a 15-footer. The Bruins extended to a six-point margin when White whistled a pass through traffic that found Edmondson moving along the baseline for a catch-and-shoot bucket from 8 feet.
Barlow finished the third quarter when Evan Inglesby taking the ball up top with 15 seconds left before circling around the right side. He ran out of room at the baseline when he stretched the ball out wide and sent a laser pass into the far corner to Edmondson for a buzzer-beating triple that gave Barlow a 60-54 lead.
"That was a big momentum change heading into the fourth," Edmondson said. "You could sense that they were starting to rush things."
Tualatin came up empty on its first five possessions of the fourth quarter.
Leading-scorer Alexis Angeles found himself on a breakaway to the hoop only to have Inglesby get in his way just enough to bother his shot. The ball rolled off the rim and Angeles regathered it under the basket. But before he could go back up, Barlow's Jaren Hunter raked the ball out of his hands for a turnover.
A couple trips later, Jacoby lunged forward and blocked a 3-point try by Caden Dickson.
"We had active hands and were ready for the ball — we were being the aggressor," Jacoby said.
The dry spell was a perfect opportunity for Barlow to break the game open, but the Bruins went silent on their end of the floor, as well.
Angeles provided the first scoring on the quarter when he drove the middle for a three-point play with 4:40 left.
It would remain a one-possession game the rest of the way.
Barlow was clinging to a 62-61 lead when they called timeout with 2:49 to play.
The Bruins inbounded from half court, but Tualatin's John Miller flashed in front of the intended target Hunter and took off toward the hoop. But Hunter was a step quicker, planting himself in the lane and drawing a charge to get the ball back.
Barlow cashed in on its next opportunity when Austin Forrar took a hand off from White at the top of the arc and beat his defender on a drive to the hoop for two points.
"They were overplaying on defense trying to stop our shooters, and I just used that to get to the hoop," Forrar said.
Tualatin moved quickly to the other end where Angeles tossed up an air ball, and Forrar came down with the tricky rebound.
Barlow led 64-61 as the clock ticked under two minutes.
The Bruins maintained a three-point edge when White made a spin in the lane and hit a 15-footer over two defenders.
But Tualatin pulled even when Caden Dickson swished a trey from in front of the Timberwolves bench.
Tualatin called a timeout to set up its defense, but couldn't devise anything to stop White's 25-footer for the win.
White connected on 10 of 19 (.526) shots and finished with a team-high 27 points.
"The past two games I hadn't been able to get into a rhythm, so tonight I wanted to get it going from the start," White said.
He hit five of his six 3s in the first quarter.
Edmondson added 17 points, and Daello Portin-Chapman was also in double figures with 15.
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BARLOW 27 14 19 9 — 69
TUALATIN 26 14 14 12 — 66
Barlow (69) — Jesse White 27, Cole Edmondson 17, Daello Portin-Chapman 15, Evan Inglesby 8, Austin Forrar 2, Jacoby, Vedus, Hunter.
Tualatin (66) — Alexis Angeles 36, Jack Rose 10, Caden Dickson 7, Chris Freese 6, John Miller 3, Nathan Platter 2, Bridger Steppe 2, Leneve, Noland.