Sandy unable to stop Barlow's star on historic night
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Barlow senior Jesse White needed 31 points to become the Bruins' all-time leading scorer last Friday. Sandy could do nothing to stop him, as the Western Oregon commit had the hot hand all night and finished with a game-high 41 points in the Bruins 75-58 road win.
The victory leaves Barlow tied with Clackamas atop the Mount Hood Conference standings, heading into the second cycle of the league schedule.
Barlow struck quickly Friday night with 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 when Pierce Roeder went airborne behind the basket and sent a pass into the corner for teammate Kaleb Hubbard. He missed the 3-point try, but zipped along the baseline to rebound his own miss and put the ball off the glass for two points.
On the next trip, point guard Colby Carson fought through traffic for a finish at the rim.
The score remained close when Hubbard spun past his defender for a layup, but Barlow regained 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.
Sandy attempted a late push with 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."
Sandy hits the halfway point at 2-5 in league, sitting sixth in the Mount Hood standings.
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This story is slated for our Feb. 5, print edition.
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