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Generals win both games at Eddie Barnett Classic

6A BOYS BASKETBALL - Grant honors past teammate with pair of home wins
by: David Ball Grant's Chris Wells, 23, and Darren Kennedy Jr., apply defensive pressure on Barlow's Kody Kennedy during a fastbreak Friday.

PORTLAND - The Grant boys basketball team couldn't be stopped in the second half, rallying from a 15-point deficit to beat Barlow 66-64 Friday in their season opener at the Eddie Barnett tip-off tournament.

Barnett died of a heart attack, while wearing a Generals uniform in 2005.

'This means a lot - it's the real deal,' Grant guard Bryce Canda said of honoring the former General with a dramatic win.

The teams found themselves deadlocked 64-64 with 0:18 on the clock when Canda dribbled slowly downcourt and worked the top of the 3-point line before eventually slashing into an open space and drawing a crowd of defenders. But before the Bruins could collapse on him, Canda fired a bounce pass toward the hoop where Tay Arigbon was left all alone for an easy layin for the winning points with 5.3 seconds left.

'I knew if I could split the defense someone would come open,' Canda said.

Barlow had one final chance when Derek Saling beat a defender in the back court and fired a pass to the far end, but the Bruins baseline shot at the buzzer came up short of the rim.

The Bruins started the game strong, building its biggest margin of 38-23 late in the first half after Saling knocked down back-to-back 3s. Barlow made six from long range in the half and went into the locker room with a nine-point lead.

Grant made its charge with a 25-point third quarter that saw Tre Battle scored a dozen of his team-high 22 points. Back-to-back 3s late in the period put the Generals ahead 53-50.

He stayed hot into the fourth despite being a target of the Bruins defense. Battle highlighted his night by swishing a step-back 3 with a defender in his chest, giving Grant a 60-56 lead with 3:20 left.

Saling led all players with 23 points.

Grant made it a weekend sweep with a 71-56 win over Clackamas on Saturday, while Barlow finished with a 63-36 win over Madison.