Barlow boys secure Mount Hood title
6A BOYS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference
|#6 Barlow Bruins|
|David Douglas Scots|
The Barlow boys basketball team clinched the Mount Hood Conference crown with a dominating 80-51 home win over David Douglas on Friday night.
Bruins' center Jaren Hunter buried a pair of first-quarter 3s on his way to a season-high 13 points.
"I knew going into the game that we didn't have Joey (Wolcott), a key offensive threat, so someone needed to step up in his place," Hunter said. "David Douglas was heavily guarding Jesse and Evan, and that left the rest of us wide open to shoot."
Barlow was without starting senior Wolcott, who was home sick for the day.
The Bruins broke the game open with a 27-point second quarter. Jesse White and Evan Inglesby swished 3s from the same spot on the court — near the sideline in front of the Superfans.
David Douglas called timeout.
Barlow returned to the floor, and Connor Hills drilled a deep ball, then rushed to the defensive end and drew a charge.
Inglesby buried a fadeaway shot in the lane, and White followed with a pull-up triple in front of the Scots' bench.
On the next trip down the floor, White weaved his way across halfcourt, then dodged around at the top of the arc as if searching out a hot spot on the floor. He found one and fired a deep 3 over a defender.
The Bruins had David Douglas doubled up on the scoreboard 38-19 midway through the second quarter.
The lead would grow to 23 points by halftime.
"Jumping on them early and being able to dictate the flow of the game was huge," Hunter said.
Barlow knocked down nine 3-pointers in the first half with White and Hills getting three apiece.
The Bruins (17-6) have won 12 in a row and secured the MHC title, while also moving up two spots to No. 6 in the big-school rankings.
"We want to go into the playoffs with some momentum, so playing well these last few games is important for our confidence," Barlow coach Tom Johnson said.
Emmanuel Muange hit a pair of first-quarter 3s to help the Scots keep pace in the early stages of play. Josiah Collins led David Douglas with 10 points.
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D. DOUGLAS 14 7 10 20 — 51
BARLOW 17 27 21 15 — 80
David Douglas (51) — Josiah Collins 10, Pedraza 9, Lewis 9, Muange 8, Templeton 5, Tang 3, Cooke 2, Lohmeier 2, Ja. Collins 2, Robinson 1.
Barlow (80) — Evan Inglesby 19, White 18, Hunter 13, Hills 9, Serafini 6, Weber 5, Nomie 4, Lafey 2, Payne 2, Jones 2, Arn, Amadio.
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