Bruins come up short at 'The Schwab'
6A BOYS BASKETBALL
Les Schwab Invitational â€” first round
HILLSBORO — The Barlow boys basketball team put on a mad rush in the fourth quarter only to see a 3-point try at the buzzer come up short in a 55-52 loss to Churchill in Thursday's opening round of the Les Schwab Invitational.
Trailing by four with less than a minute to play, the Bruins were desperate to get the ball back.
Enter senior Jaren Hunter.
Churchill's Kaelan O'Neil drove to the basket. Rather than rise up to block a potential shot, Hunter dropped low, wrapped an arm around O'Neil's leg and tied up his dribble to earn a jump ball.
After the whistle, in a rush to untangle, O'Neil shoved Hunter backward to the floor. The referee just a few feet away on the baseline blew his whistle and issued a technical foul that disqualified O'Neil (five personal fouls).
Barlow's Evan Inglesby swished both technical free throws, and Barlow took possession at midcourt with its first chance to tie the game since early in the third quarter.
The Bruins made the most of the opportunity when White sized up his defender, took a few side-to-side dribbles and banked in the tying basket from a step inside the arc.
Tied at 52, Churchill needed points with two of its starters fouled out on the bench. Senior Silas Bennion came up with the winning shot, swishing a tightly-contested 3 from in front of the Lancers' bench with 3.4 seconds left.
Barlow had one last chance to force overtime when Hunter made a football throw to midcourt where Wilson Weber quickly dished the ball off to Jesse White, who was rushing down the sideline. He lunged between a pair of defenders and launched a 3-pointer while falling forward. The shot clipped the front of the rim.
Inglesby finished with a game-high 24 points, while White added 14 for the Bruins.
Down 15 to start the fourth quarter, Barlow's Joey Wolcott hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc, and Inglesby put another two points off the glass on an inbounds play.
Barlow continued its comeback climb on the defensive end where Hunter drew three charging fouls down the stretch, finishing with a half-dozen for the game.
The Bruins closed the gap when Inglesby swooped behind the backboard and came out the other side to tip in an offensive rebound for what turned out to be a three-point play.
Barlow's next trip down the floor saw White take two dribbles into the middle before leaving the ball off for Inglesby, who drained a wide-open 3 from the sideline.
The Bruins were within 43-37, and Churchill coach Kelly Bokn spent his second timeout in little more than a minute.
Churchill responded with Brian Goracke driving the baseline for an emphatic dunk, followed by a 3-pointer on the next trip to return the Lancers to a double-digit margin with four minutes to play.
But Barlow had another run in store.
The Bruins whittled the margin down to four points when Wolcott hit a pair of free throws with 1:42 remaining.
Needing a stop at the defensive end, Hunter stepped in once again. This time absorbing an airborne Evan Pia for another charge, not only causing a turnover but erasing a Churchill bucket. Barlow made it a one-possession game when Inglesby swiped a Lancers' inbounds pass and went straight up for two points.
The teams traded the lead seven times in the first half with Barlow gaining its biggest lead at 11-5 when Josh Nomie sank a corner 3 midway through the second quarter.
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Bruins drop rematch against West Linn
Barlow dropped a 61-59 decision to West Linn in a consolation game Friday morning. The game was a rematch from a season-opening matchup, which the Lions won 95-86 on their home court.
West Linn held the Bruins to five points in the second quarter and took a 46-41 lead into the fourth quarter.
Inglesby shot 11-for-20 and finished with a game-high 27 points.
Barlow takes on Grant in a 9 a.m. game Saturday at Liberty HIgh.
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