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Barlow boys can't tame top-ranked Lions during first-round matchup

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlows Leonard Dixon rushes down the court on a fastbreak.

First-round playoff

Team Score
#1 West Linn

WEST LINN — The Barlow boys basketball team walked into a nearly impossible situation Wednesday night, taking on the defending champs who hadn’t been challenged by an in-state opponent all season.

West Linn set the tone from the opening tip that saw Jaydon Grant slap the ball ahead to 6-foot-7 Will Matthiessen, who finished it off with a dunk sending the Lions on their way to a 99-58 first-round playoff win.

The Bruins climbed into contention briefly when Dominik Copper hit a mid-range jumper off an inbounds play to shrink the margin to 17-9. But a miss at the front of the rim and an errant 3-pointer prevented Barlow from reducing it to a one-possession game late in the first quarter.

West Linn put the score out of reach 25-11 when Matthiessen swiped a steal and fed the ball ahead to Pritchard for a layup — his fifth basket of the quarter.

West Linn (22-3) hosts another Mount Hood Conference foe when Oregon City (15-10) arrives in the Lions’ den for a second-round game at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Look for expanded game coverage in our Friday, March 4, print edition.

View photos from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.