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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.

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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.