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Bruins claim the Trail Classic crown
BOYS HOOPS - Barlow shuts down West Linn in Friday's finale in clash of top 10 teams
Barlow's head coach Tom Johnson called West Linn 'quicker than anyone we've see all year long.' So to win the Barlow Trail Classic for the second year in a row, they'd have to find a way to keep pace with the Lions.
Barlow did more than keep up - they set the tempo.
Derek Saling got the Bruins' offense in rhythm with a few early buckets, and by halftime they were keeping the Lions at an arms length. West Linn did find a way to claw back into the game, but strong shooting helped the Bruins earn a 69-62 win and capture the title of their host tournament.
'We're super excited, because this is the first time in the tournament's history that we've won it twice in a row,' Saling said. 'So it's pretty special to be the first team to do that in Barlow, because there's been a lot of good teams to come through here. So I'm just really proud of the whole team.'
Barlow and the Lions went back and forth early on. A three by West Linn's Devon Hawkin gave the Lions a 15-13 lead heading into the second quarter. But in that quarter, Barlow did a better job than the Lions of avoiding mistakes.
Look for extended game coverage in the Dec. 31 edition of The Outlook.