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Banks hoops drops last two league games

Braves tie for fifth place and miss out on Cowapa playoffs


The Banks boys basketball team may have gone down Friday night, but it sure went down swinging.

The Braves faced a tall task in their regular season finale, as they needed to upset Scappoose, one of the top-ranked Class 4A outfits in the state, to keep their league playoff hopes alive. They fought the whole way through, but the Indians — who were battling for first place in the league — had just a little more firepower and left town with a 46-33 victory.

The loss ended Banks’ season at 7-16 overall and 3-7 in the Cowapa League, tied with Astoria for fifth place.

“We played really, really hard, gave it our all,” said senior guard Devyn Renne, who led Banks with 12 points. “The outcome might not have been what we wanted, but we played hard and I love this. It’s just fun to play with these guys.”

The Indians (19-5, 7-3) led throughout, but the Braves were still in striking distance late when Renne drilled a long 3-pointer to make the score 37-33 with just more than two minutes remaining.

But Banks went scoreless the rest of the away, and Scappoose closed the contest by going 9-of-10 from the free throw line.

That was how this one went, with Scappoose surging out front and Banks answering every time except for the last one. The Indians started the game hot with an 11-0 run, but the Braves crept within 15-8 after one quarter on a Colin Burton bucket and then tied the game at 15-all early in the second quarter on a Jesus Narvaez 3-pointer.

“I’d say effort,” senior Dallin Shurts said about what helped Banks get back in the game. “We didn’t slack off and say it’s over. We kept going.”

In the second half, Renne pulled the home team within 23-21 with the first score of the third quarter, but the Indians went on an 8-1 run the rest of the period, which Chase Johnson capped with a three-point play with seven seconds left.

Renne answered with a 3-pointer from the left corner in the fourth to make the score 31-25, and the Braves hung around until they had no answer for all those Scappoose free throws.

Johnson led all scorers with 15 points, and Jake Ford added 13 for Scappoose. Narvaez and sophomore Jake Evans chipped in seven each for Banks.

Banks finished on the outside looking in for a Cowapa League playoff berth thanks to ties everywhere in the standings. Scappoose finished tied for first with Seaside, while Valley Catholic and Tillamook tied for third. That latter tie, as well as the Braves’ with Astoria for fifth, meant that the Valiants and Cheesemakers staged a single playoff game for the league’s third playoff berth rather than also bringing the fifth-place squads into the mix.

With the season over, the competitiveness his team displayed is what Braves coach Pat Marlia said he likely will remember from this group, which includes seniors Narvaez, Burton, Shurts, Renne and Jake Sandhagen.

“Just us being in games is indicative of this senior group,” Marlia said. “They got us in games, they kept us in games, and they just gave us chances to win, which was huge.”

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