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No. 5-ranked Rams chase down Barlow in fourth period

BOYS BASKETBALL - Central Catholic outscores the Bruins 21-12 down the stretch
by: David Ball, Barlow guard Dustin Jones takes off after stealing the ball from Central Catholic's Jake Teeny during Friday's 65-62 loss to the Rams.

Central Catholic used a late run to track down Barlow for a wild 65-62 win to open the Mount Hood Conference boys basketball season Friday, Jan. 4.

The No. 5-ranked Rams took their first lead of the second half when Nate Carr came off the bench and drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:31 to play. The lead changed hands several more times before the Rams scored the game-winner with less than a minute remaining.

Junior Damas Gakwasi dribbled into the lane and drew a crowd, before sending a short pass to teammate Debetrius Guice for a powerful layin.

'We wanted to make sure and control that possession,' Gakwasi said. 'I can't lie, there was a lot of pressure, but you have to go out and play the game.'

Rams' teammate Jake Teeny added a pair of free throws in the final seconds to account for the final margin.

Barlow missed a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch, including a half-court bomb that banged off the back of the rim as time expired.

The No. 7 Bruins went on a 10-point run to finish the first half, using a series of 3-pointers by Mat Delaunay to take a 37-28 lead into the locker room. Barlow stayed hot from the outside early in the second half, building its biggest margin at 43-33 on back-to-back treys by Jeremy Jones.

Delaunay led all scorers with 20 points, while Jordan Freelander scored 16 for Central.

In other MHC action, Paul Widmer scored 22 points to lead Sandy to a 53-40 home win against Hood River.

Look for extended basketball coverage in the Saturday, Jan. 5, issue of The Outlook.