(Easton) Great back-and-forth action between Barlow (2-2) and Oxford (1-2) on Wednesday night at fog-shrouded Barlow. The Falcons broke loose from a one-point lead in the last two minutes for a 62-57 win in non-league action.
The victorious Falcons were carried by juniors Phil Moriber and Jake Lightman. Both (6-3) players dropped twenty-three points on the visitors.
Phil struck from just about everywhere and drew box-and-one coverage early on. Jake hustled his way to points in close against taller Wolverines converting four offensive rebounds along the way.
Barlow dominated early as first-half leads of 12-4 and 26-16 suggest. That last lead came with 2:52 left in the first half. Phil Moriber had ten of Barlow’s first twenty points despite concentrated coverage.
The last three minutes of the first half, however, was totally Oxford’s led by senior guard Tyler Gruttadauria. The Wolverines rolled up fourteen unanswered points to gain a 30-26 halftime lead and Tyler (17 points) was the catalyst. He contributed a layup, two free throws, and two long ones.
With both teams showing good moments in the first half any guess on the second half outcome was about as foggy as conditions were outside…..and they were very tough for a newbie to this area getting to and from Barlow. This game was a poster child for owning a GPS!
Five minutes into the second half, Oxford still held a four-point lead (36-32) after two JT Vankamerick (11 points) free throws. But the rest of that third quarter was nearly all Barlow’s. The only offense for Oxford was a last-second three by Caithan Pratt.
Barlow’s late run of twelve points included five in the last 36 seconds. Highlights here for Barlow were Jake Lightman rebounding his own missed free throw and making a layup. Later teammate Phil Moriber took a steal the length of the court.
This flurry gave Barlow a 44-39 advantage going into the final quarter. That lead was extended to 50-41 with five minutes to go as the Falcons seemed to be separating from the Wolverines. Junior Liam Rooney set Jake Lightman up beautifully with passes for layups in this run of good Barlow basketball.
Oxford, however, rallied back to within one (54-53) with two minutes left thanks to a jump shot and long one from Seth Calvanese.
Oxford was still only a productive possession away (57-55) with 42 seconds left. Then Phil Moriber added a free throw (58-55) while Steve Mahoney missed a three. This forced Oxford to foul. Jake Lightman made the first (59-55), missed the second, but, and this was crucial, Phil Moriber found the rebound and he was fouled. The junior made both shots (61-55) with twenty seconds left to seal this one for Barlow.
Barlow (2-2) used a 1-3-1 zone quite a bit and did plenty of trapping.
At Newtown on Tuesday night there was no program. At Barlow there was a program but the list of Oxford names has no numbers beside them.
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