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Clackamas turns away Bruins challenge in the fourth

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlows Austin Kaufman looks to make a pass into the paint. He had a flurry of buckets to bring the Bruins close late in the third quarter.



6A BOYS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference

Team Score
Clackamas
82
Barlow
70


The Barlow boys basketball team was in position to pull off a surprise against No. 5-ranked Clackamas on Tuesday night, but couldn't contain the Cavaliers' 6-foot-9 center Matt O'Brien down the stretch in a 72-60 loss.

Barlow's Austin Kaufman got loose for a series of hard-fought baskets in the paint, as the Bruins battled from 12 points down to come within 61-56 heading into the fourth quarter.

That was as close as Barlow would get.

O'Brien took over with a series of second-chance baskets on his way to a game-high 30 points, and Barlow came up empty on three consecutive trips late in the game.

Clackamas (17-3) remains perfect in league heading into Friday's showdown at No. 2 Central Catholic, which should decide the Mount Hood Conference title. Barlow (10-10) hosts rival Gresham, needing a late-season win streak to climb into the playoff picture.

View photos from Tuesday's game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

Look for expanded game coverage in our Friday, Feb. 12, print edition.