Barlow carries a 43-41 lead into the fourth quarter, but makes just four shots in the final eight minutes

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlows Duncan Otis dribbles away from pressure during the first half of the Bruins 59-55 loss at Central Catholic on Friday.

PORTLAND — The Barlow boys basketball team went cold down the stretch and fell 59-55 at Central Catholic on Friday night.

The teams battled back and forth most of the night, going into the locker room deadlocked 24-24.

The Bruins came out hot in the third quarter, connecting on 9 of 14 (.643) attempts and missing just once inside the paint. Despite the sizzling shooting, Barlow found itself up just two points heading into the fourth quarter.

That’s when the temperature dropped.

Barlow missed its first three shots of the quarter — all coming from beyond the arc.

Meanwhile, Central Catholic cleaned up on the boards and converted several second-chance baskets, going ahead 51-46 after Simon Noling banked a 15-footer off the glass with 3:04 to play.

The Rams secured the victory by hitting all four of their free throws in the final minute.

Look for extended game coverage in the Tuesday, Jan. 29, print edition.

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