Scappoose downs Springfield, Kelso, but drops game to Columbia River

Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts is feeling pretty good about the effort and the progress the Scappoose Indians have made thus far this season.

The Indians are 7-3, picking up two overtime wins in a three-game tournament at The Hoop in Salem last week.

'I'm really excited about these guys,' Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts said. 'There's still a lot of areas to improve, but they've been putting out a great effort. Two of our guys have been doing a majority of the scoring, but we have a number of others and guys coming off the bench giving us a spark.'

The Tribe topped Spring-field, 74-61, in overtime in their first game of the tournament originally scheduled for Willamette University. The team came back the next night and lost to Columbia River 52-38, but bounced back on Thursday with a 69-62 overtime win over Kelso.

The team will practice over the remaining holiday, but will not see competition again until they travel to North Marion on Jan. 3. They host La Salle in a big test on Jan. 6 and have Estacada at home on and #8200;Friday, Jan. 10.

Scappoose 74, Springfield 61 OT

The Indians were down by 10 points going into the fourth period, managed to knot the score, and then took it to the Millers 13-1 in overtime.

'They're a real scrappy team,' Tufts said. 'We had a couple of bad defensive assignments in the third and a tough time scoring. We didn't play our best, but we scrambled and battled and didn't give up.'

Paul Revis and Joe Nelson each hit two free throws to tie the score in the fourth. The Tribe tightened their defense in overtime and didn't give Springfield a lot of second chances. The Indians also made their free throws. Blake Updike made eight in the OT and was the game's leading scorer with 31.

Zach Smith had five assists in the contest, while Updike also had five rebounds. Karp and Smith each had five rebounds apiece.

'It was our best game so far,' Tufts said.

Columbia River 52, Scappoose 38

The Scappoose Indians are an average size team height-wise and may have been a little intimidated by the big Columbia River team they faced on the second night of the tournament.

'Their guards were really big and long,' Tufts said, 'and nobody was under 6-feet, 3-inches. I think their length really bothered us.'

Columbia River's biggest player is 6-9 Isaiah Smith. The Indians would spend much of the first period trying to figure out how to defend him.

Tufts said the Indians did a good job in the last three periods, frustrating Smith. He would have 21 points in the game.

'We were a little bit shocked in the first quarter and tentative,' Tufts noted. He said the shots and passes were there, but they were playing a solid defense.

The Indians found themselves down 15-4 after one period. They would play close the rest of the way, but couldn't really cut into the margin.

Zach Smith and Updike each had 10 points to lead Scappoose.

Scappoose 69, Kelso 62 OT

Scappoose and Kelso battled the distance on Thursday night, but it was the Indians again prevailing in an overtime win.

'It was a great game back and forth-really tight with a ton of lead changes,' Tufts said. 'It was evenly matched and neither team was able to pull away. The pressure situations in both the overtime games are going to be really valuable when we get into league and battle Seaside or Tillamook. We'll be able to say 'We've been here before and been successful.''

Scappoose trailed by just two after one period, but came back to lead 29-25 by halftime. Kelso would whittle down the narrow lead and had one player hit three threes to tie the game and send it into overtime. The Indians had a 12-5 advantage in the OT.

Tufts said he was pleased that different guys are stepping up at key moments in games.

In the overtime, Tufts said Eric Raya made a perfect read and skipped a pass across to an open Zach Smith who hit a trey. Scappoose limited Kelso on the offensive end, made some free throws, and put the game away.


Scappoose 74,

Springfield 61 OT

Scappoose 16 16 11 18 13-74

Springfield 10 20 23 8 1-61

Scappoose (74)-Blake Updike 31, Joe Nelson 12, Zach Smith 9, Karp 8, Raya 6, Revis 5, Stutzer 3, Senn, Henness, Moffett, Padgett.

Springfield (61)-Dylan Piquette 17, Ty Mannila 11, Allister Jorkan 10, Emerald 8, Cook 7, Auxier 3, Lange 3, Stewart 2.

Columbia River 52,

Scappoose 38

Scappoose 4 16 8 10-38

Col. River 15 17 11 9-52

Scappoose (38)-Zach Smith 10, Blake Updike 10, Stutzer 7, Karp 5, Raya 4, Revis 2, Senn, Moffett, Padgett.

Columbia River (52)-Isaiah Smith 21, Love 10, Bulds 9, Evanson 4, Stromme 4, Bassett 2, Schuck 1, Barnes 1.

Scappoose 69, Kelso 62 OT

Scappoose 10 19 17 11 12-19

Kelso 12 13 18 14 5-62

Scappoose (69)-Zach Smith 31, Blake Updike 20, Raya 8, Revis 4, Karp 4, Stutzer 2, Senn, Moffett, Padgett.

Kelso (62)-Adams 37, Williams 8, Simms 6, Giles 4, Covel 4, Johnson 3.

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