Barlow boys win battle for first place in Mount Hood
6A BOYS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference
|#6 Barlow Bruins|
|#10 Clackamas Cavaliers ... OT|
With enough time for one shot, the Barlow Bruins put the ball in Evan Inglesby's hands.
Inglesby nailed a 3-pointer with two seconds left to send the game into overtime, and Bruins went on to an 82-76 road win over the Clackamas Cavaliers in Tuesday night's clash of Mount Hood Conference heavyweights.
Barlow's Jesse White finished with a game-high 30 points and Inglesby added 29 to help the No. 6-ranked Bruins (14-6) take over sole possession of first place with four games remaining in the regular season.
"This is a really tough place to play," Inglesby said. "Clackamas hadn't lost at home all year, so we knew it was going to be a grind the whole game."
There were seven ties and 10 lead changes before Clackamas' Ben Gregg made two free throws with 15 seconds to play in the fourth quarter to give the Cavaliers a 71-68 lead.
Barlow missed a 3-point try for the tie, but in the battle for the rebound, Clackamas' Damon Erickson stepped on the end line, giving the Bruins a second chance with 5.9 seconds left.
Bruins' coach Tom Johnson called timeout and drew up a play that called for Wilson Weber and Inglesby setting a double screen for White, and then Weber setting a screen for Inglesby with Jaren Hunter inbounding the ball from under the basket.
"We wanted the ball to go to either Jesse or Evan," Johnson said. "Jesse was the most likely guy that they were going to defend, and Even did a great job of decoying and coming off the Weber screen to get open."
Inglesby caught the ball near the top of the arc with Clackamas' Jackson Jaha closing in on his left side. Inglesby took one dribble to the right and then let the shot fly.
"It was a good pass, I made a move, and that's just a shot I practice all the time," Inglesby said. "All that practice finally paid off. It felt great."
The Cavaliers were visibly shaken when Ingleby's shot hit the mark.
"It was a tough shot he made," Gregg said. "I've got to give all props to Inglesby. We defended it as well as we could. It was a tough shot. He made it."
Clackamas won the opening tip in OT, but Barlow forced a turnover and then got the ball to Joey Wolcott for a 3-pointer from the left corner that put the Bruins in front 74-71 with 3:09 to play.
The Bruins played with the lead the rest of the way, putting the game away when Gregg missed a potential tying 3, and Wolcott converted a transition lay-up to make it 81-76 with 14 seconds left.
Wolcott finished with 18 points for the Bruins, who extended their win streak to nine games.
"We felt if we came in here and executed that we would put ourselves in position to win," Johnson said. "It was anybody's game, really, down the stretch. I think a key in the fourth quarter was Wilson Weber got a couple of offensive rebounds for us that game us a couple of extra possessions. And in a game like that, extra possessions are huge."
Erickson had the hot hand early and knocked down five 3-pointers in the first half, including one that gave the Cavaliers their largest lead, 38-28, with 3:17 to play in the second quarter.
Barlow closed the half on an 8-4 run, climbing within 42-36 after Wolcott converted a lay-up off a Clackamas turnover to close the half.
"I was glad that we were within striking range at halftime the way Clackamas shot the ball the first half," Johnson said.
With the win, the Bruins swept to two-game league series with the Cavaliers for the second season in a row.
"It just kind of shows what kind of program we have," Inglesby said. "We're a senior-heavy group and most of us have been playing together since the sixth grade and that team chemistry that we have really showed through tonight."
This story is scheduled for our Friday, Feb. 14, sports front.
CLACKAMAS 20 22 16 18 — 76
Barlow (82) — Jesse White 30, Inglesby 29, Wolcott 18, Hunter 3, Weber 2, Nomie, Hills.
Clackamas (76) — Ben Gregg 26, Erickson 24, Lewis 11, Baker 11, Horsley 2, Mahler, Di'Grigorio, Jaha.
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