Barlow boys hit halfway pole tied for first place
6A BOYS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference
|#9 Barlow Bruins|
SANDY — The Barlow boys basketball team keeps rolling, moving its win streak to six games with a 75-58 win at Sandy on Friday night to hit the halfway point of the league season tied with Clackamas atop the Mount Hood Conference standings.
Barlow struck quickly Friday night with Jesse White lunging forward and plucking the ball loose in the backcourt, setting him up for a breakaway layup. On the next trip, Joey Wolcott fired a pass that found Evan Inglesby for an easy finish at the front of the rim and a 13-5 lead.
Sandy would trim it to a one-possession game in the second quarter only to see Barlow regain command when Connor Hills and White each sank 3s for a 10-point lead at the break.
White came out of the locker room and drilled two more long balls to stretch the margin to 41-25, and Barlow would retain a double-digit margin the rest of the way.
Sandy's Gavin Schippers got hot from behind the arc with a trio of 3s in the third quarter. Barlow answered with Inglesby hitting a long ball on the Bruins' end, and White taking on a crowd of white shirts for a three-point play at the rim.
The Pioneers could not make a dent in the margin.
"We kept the intensity up and got easy buckets at the rim that allowed us to separate ourselves," Inglesby said.
White came up with numerous steals that led to layups. He poked the ball loose once again with about five minutes to play only to be grabbed before he could make his getaway to the rim. After the whistle, Barlow inbounded the ball to White, who circled around the right side and squeezed through a crowd to find his two points and a 64-47 lead.
"He kept coming up the floor with a long, slow dribble," White said. "I bluffed at him a few times, and he didn't change, so I blitzed him and got the ball a few times."
White finished with a game-high 41 points.
Sandy attempted a late push with Pierce Roeder hitting a long ball to cut the margin to 11 points as the clock rolled under three minutes.
Barlow was not having any part of a comeback.
A memory from a loss in Sandy to end the regular season last year remained fresh in their minds.
Barlow's Jaren Hunter got loose in transition, dribbling across halfcourt and curving out wide, while Inglesby flashed down the opposite sideline. The two had spaced the floor perfectly for Hunter's cross-court pass that hit Inglesby in stride along the baseline where he launched himself high into the air for a two-handed slam dunk that drew a gasp from the packed house.
"They dunked on us at the end of our game last year and that kinda stuck with us," Inglesby said. "You work hard all game, and it feels nice when you can get those plays."
Jesse White tops Bruins' all-time scoring list
The game was well in hand by the third quarter when Barlow senior Jesse White took a long pass from teammate Jaren Hunter and stretched the ball far out in front to convert a lunging fast-break layup.
The bucket put White on the doorstep of history.
His next basket would push him past former NBA player Freddie Jones and to the top of the Bruins' all-time scoring list.
White's next trip down the floor saw him drive into the lane, lose his handle, only to regather the ball near the elbow. Rather than forcing up a bad shot, White sent a pass through the lane that led to a layup by teammate Joey Wolcott.
On the next trip, with less than a minute to play in the third quarter, the Bruins cleared the floor leaving White isolated on his defender. He beat his man off the dribble and put the ball off the glass before the help defense could arrive.
The ball fell through the net, and White received a celebratory shove from teammate Josh Nomie as the two dropped back to the defensive end.
"Being a Barlow kid, it's always been a dream of mine," White said. "I grew up coming to all the games and hearing all of the Freddie stories — he's such a public figure."
White would finish with a game-high 41 points, ending the night at 1,895 for his career. He is less than 60 points from moving into the top-10 in Oregon big-school prep history.
"I've had a lot of great players over the years, but Jesse has spent more time in our gym than anybody," Barlow coach Tom Johnson said. "He's a fearless competitor, and he has that ability to take it to another level in big games."
Barlow's top-five all-time scorers
Player (Class) Points
1. Jesse White (2020) 1,895
2. Freddie Jones (1998) 1,884
3. Evan Inglesby (2020) 1,161
4. Jared Price (1997) 1,140
5. Jake Glisson (2005) 1,068
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