Barlow goes extra time for signature win over Lake Oswego
6A BOYS BASKETBALL
|Lake Oswego Lakers ... OT|
The Barlow boys basketball team came up with plays in crunch time to hold off a pesky Lake Oswego squad 60-54 in overtime on Tuesday night.
Holding a slim lead almost the entire way, the Bruins stayed a step ahead down the stretch by sinking 7 of 10 free throws over the final 1:05 of regulation. That included a pair of makes by Joey Wolcott for a 50-47 lead with 2.3 seconds on the clock.
"It's just free throws," Wolcott said. "We've shot them a million times."
Lake Oswego quickly got the ball inbounds, finding Casey Graver with a long pass to midcourt. He took a couple dribbles and was pinned up against the sideline before letting loose a heave at the buzzer with a line of Barlow cheerleaders just a step away.
The shot spun toward the basket, hit the center of the box on the backboard and careened through the net to send the game to overtime.
"Before their last free throws, we huddled up and I told my teammates to find me at halfcourt," Graver said. "That's a shot you practice all the time, and I've pulled off a few of those in youth leagues, but nothing quite like this."
"He's one of those guys who lives for the moment, and when he shot it, you just felt like it was going in," Barlow guard Jesse White said. "We just had to keep our composure and go get the win in overtime."
And that is how it played out.
On the first possession of the extra period, White drove the right side of the lane and ducked under the arm of his defender to put a layup off the glass for a lead Barlow would not surrender.
"Once you get a step on someone, you just have to extend and find a way to get the ball up there," White said.
On the next trip, White drew a holding foul away from the ball, earning a trip to the free-throw line where he sank both shots. Perhaps more important, Lake Oswego's started center Jack Chlumak, who finished with 11 points, fouled out on the play.
Barlow got the winning bucket near the two-minute mark. Barlow's Evan Inglesby left a layup short at the side of the rim, but rushed back on the defensive end, collected a loose ball and fired a long pass ahead that found White for a breakaway and a 56-52 lead.
"Lake Oswego si a good team, so you have to keep putting points on the board when you can get them," White said.
White finished with a game-high 27 points.
The Bruins' closed out the victory on the defensive end where Wolcott and Jaren Hunter drew charging fouls, resulting in costly Lake Oswego turnovers on back-to-back possessions.
"We wanted to get the ball out of their hands in a close game," Wolcott said.
After a run of narrow losses to top-tier teams this season, Tuesday provided the Bruins with a signature win against a Lakers team that reached the 6A semifinals last year.
Barlow's Connor Hills came off the bench and supplied a go-ahead 3-pointer near the end of the first quarter and another at the start of the second. Ten minutes into the game, the Bruins would go up 19-11, their largest lead of the night, when Inglesby turned into the lane, then spun the other way and put up a shot that hopped on the side of the rim and trickled through the net.
The Lakers were held without a bucket for nearly five minutes to start the second quarter.
Lake Oswego closed the gap to four points late in the third quarter and had a chance to get within one when Graver emerged from a loose-ball scramble. With the final seconds ticking away, he had no choice but to let loose with a double-pump heave from the center-court logo. The shot was on line, but clipped the front of the rim at the horn.
Lake Oswego carried its momentum into the fourth quarter when Noah Kniss made a Superman dive out of bounds, saving the ball in to teammate Grayden Smith before sliding into the water bucket at the end of Barlow's bench. The Lakers made the most of the extra effort, drawing three fouls against the Bruins before Smith drove the baseline for a layup to make it a two-point game.
Lake Oswego tied the score twice in the coming minutes — once on a Graver 3-pointer and again on a Trace Shelton free throw with 3:16 to play.
"As it got closer to the end, it became intense with both teams diving on the floor and going after loose balls," Shelton said. "We were staying connected and trusting one another."
Meanwhile, Inglesby hit the floor hard and had to be helped to the bench by the team's trainer with 5:33 to play. Inglesby quickly removed his left shoe, untied an ankle brace and the trainer applied a fresh tape job. Inglesby put all his parts back together and slipped to the side of the grandstands to test out his ankle.
Within minutes, he returned to the court to rousing applause from the packed home crowd.
Inglesby was tested immediately. Fouled while reaching out to receive an inbounds pass. He went to the free-throw line and sank the first of his two free throws to put Barlow back on top 38-37.
"I just knew I had to fix it up and get back out there," Inglesby said. "I can rest it tomorrow, but we needed to get the win tonight."
Lake Oswego had another chance to grab the lead when Chlumak drove in close only to be walled off by Wolcott, forcing a difficult shot that missed the mark. The ball came to White, who looked up the floor and found Wolcott near the rim for an easy two and a 40-37 lead as the clock moved under three minutes.
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BARLOW 12 11 10 17 10 — 60
Lake Oswego (54) — Casey Graver 13, Trace Salton 13, Jack Chlumak 11, Grayden Smith 7, Grant Brauner 6, Noah Kniss 2, Jake Archambo 2, Woolf, Abere.
Barlow (60) — Jesse White 27, Evan Inglesby 12, Joey Wolcott 8, Connor Hills 6, Josh Nomie 4, Jaren Hunter 3, Jones, Amadio, Weber.
Barlow girls fall to McMinnville
The Barlow girls basketball team made several runs, but could never quite catch McMinnville in a 62-49 loss in Game 1 of Tuesday's 'Cancer Awareness' doubleheader.
Down by nine at halftime, the Bruins got close coming out of the break when Emily Fortin took a ball out under Barlow's own basket. With Barlow center Libby Mathis fighting off a double team on the block, Fortin shifted her gaze to the corner and sent a pass to Melanie Hiu, who swished the 3-point try. Moments later, Hiu slapped the ball away near midcourt and beat her defender to the hoop for another two points.
The Bruins' defense continued to cash in with Kennedie Shuler swiping a steal near the sideline before taking a bounce and firing a deep pass ahead to Fortin, who stretched out with both arms to haul in the ball and put it off the glass.
Barlow was within 37-31 midway through the third quarter, but would get no closer.
The Bruins' last gasp came when Hiu got another steal and fed Shuler, who was fouled on her way to the hoop. She sank both free throws to pull the Bruins within seven with four minutes to play.
The Grizzlies would outscore Barlow 14-8 the rest of the way.
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