BOYS BASKETBALL - Gresham beats Sprague, advances to face state's No. 1 team
CANBY - The Barlow boys basketball team put a scare into No. 3-ranked Canby on Wednesday night before falling 52-46 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
The Bruins packed four defenders near the basket to surround Canby standout center Clint Chapman all night long. The strategy worked as Chapman hit just two baskets in the first half, and the Cougars were held scoreless for a seven-minute stretch.
"We had to pick our poison, and we decided to make them beat us from the outside," Barlow coach Tom Johnson said.
Barlow outscored Canby 15-2 in the second quarter and took an eight-point lead into halftime. Matt Delaunay capped the scoring run when he drained a 12-footer from the baseline to beat the first-half buzzer.
Canby battled back in the third period, and the teams traded the lead seven times in the second half. Barlow took its final lead 41-40 with 3:47 to play when Dustin Jones grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a short fadeaway for a three-point play.
The Cougars moved back in front to stay when Cody Hickey hit a short jumper on the next possession. Canby sealed the victory by making five straight free throws with the game on the line.
Jones paced the Bruins with 16 points.
Barlow graduate Freddie Jones was in attendance at the game and spent most of halftime signing autographs for young fans.
• In other playoff action, Gresham was the only local team to advance with a 47-38 win against Spraguue. The Olympians took a brief lead in the third quarter, but Gresham guard Michael Wohlers hit a 3-pointer to give the Gophers the lead for good. Gresham center Chris Weitzel scored a team-high 12 points. The Gophers advance to play at No. 1 Lake Oswego on Saturday, March 3.
Sheldon knocked off David Douglas 69-60, and Westview beat Centennial 53-33.
Extended playoff coverage will be published in the Saturday, March 3, issue of the Gresham Outlook.