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Barlow punches ticket to state tourney

BOYS BASKETBALL - The Bruins blow out McNary 63-36 in second round
by: David Ball, Barlow's Mat Delaunay goes up for a shot from the baseline during the Bruins' 63-36 playoff win against McNary on Saturday night.

SALEM - The Barlow boys basketball team made quick work of McNary for a 63-36 win in the second-round of the OSAA Class 6A state playoffs Saturday night.

The Bruins pulled away by holding the host Celtics scoreless for nearly six minutes in the second quarter, expanding a four-point lead into a 26-11 margin by halftime.

'Our defense stayed disciplined and got the rebounds when they did get off a shot,' Bruins' coach Tom Johnson said. 'That was big for us.'

Barlow highlighted the run when Jacob Kopra fired a pass toward the rim, and teammate Dustin Jones converted the alley-oop for two easy points.

The Bruins put the game out of reach when Mat Delaunay and Drew Johnson connected on treys for a 32-13 lead in the opening minute of the second half. Delaunay led all scorers with 19 points, as the Bruins had four players reach double figures.

With the win, Barlow makes its first appearance at the state tournament since it moved to Eugene in 2004. The Bruins will take on North Medford in the quarterfinals at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at McArthur Court.

'We've been so close in recent years, I was hoping this would be our time,' Johnson said.

Mount Hood Conference champion Central Catholic also reached the state tournament with a 58-55 win over Benson on Saturday night.

State quarterfinals

Thursday, March 13

at McArthur Court in Eugene

Grant vs. Tualatin, 1:30 p.m.

North Medford vs. Barlow, 3:15 p.m.

Central Catholic vs. Sunset, 6:30 p.m.

Oregon City vs. South Medford, 8:15 p.m.

Look for extended coverage of Barlow's second-round win, along with a state tournament preview in the Wednesday, March 12, issue of The Outlook.