6A BOYS HOOPS - Barlow's late rush comes up a few shots short
by: David Ball Barlow center Cody Powers, right, blocks Westview’s Landen Lucas from the basket during the Wildcats 45-39 win on Friday night. Lucas, a Kansas University recruit, was held to only two baskets in the second half.

Barlow held Westview standout Landen Lucas in check most of the way Friday night, but couldn't overcome a cold spell of its own during a 45-39 loss to the #4-ranked Wildcats.

The Bruins moved ahead early in the second half by running a series of plays directly at the basket, sneaking behind the 6-foot-10 Lucas for a series of easy scores. Barlow tied the score when Kody Kennedy lobbed a perfect pass over the rim and Derek Saling put away the alley-oop softly off the glass.

After seeing Westview missed on an alley-oop attempt at the other end, Barlow rushed downcourt and Saling struck again on the inside to put Barlow up 25-23.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, they would manage only two more baskets over the next 12 minutes. Westview's lead grew to 40-29 with 3:20 to play after Dyrall Goods hit a 15-footer from the elbow.

Look for full game coverage in the Jan. 7, edition of The Outlook.

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