Clackamas turns away Bruins challenge in the fourth
6A BOYS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference
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.