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Boys basketball: Scappoose falls to Marshfield for seasons first loss

Big runs in the first and third quarter doom Scappoose

Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose senior Chase Johnson looks to score past the outstretched hand of Marshfield's Malio Favalora in the second half of the Indians' 53-47 loss on Friday night. Regardless of the circumstances, Monday evening's result will smart and smolder in the minds of the Scappoose boys for a few days.

The Indians fought as Marshfield walked in and snapped one of the Tribe's longest winning streaks to start a season, falling 53-47 and losing a game for the first time this year.

Basketball is commonly called a game of runs, and it was a stretch at the beginning of the first and third quarters that did Scappoose in according to head coach Rahim Tufts, who used the exact same phrase to regroup his players after a red-hot start from the visiting Pirates.

“They came out hot, and our guys — in a time out, I said, 'Hey, basketball's a game of runs. They went on the first run, we'll come back,'” Tufts said. “Guys kept grinding, grinding and did a nice job of closing out on shooters and climbed our way back into it, and then they went on a run to start the third.”

The run in the first quarter was certainly unusual. For the first six minutes of the game, neither team could miss from beyond the arc. And for the first six minutes of the game, neither team could hit anything from inside the three-point line. Marshfield capitalized on four first-quarter three pointers from Kody Dean to take a 15-5 lead before Scappoose finished with a flurry to get within six.

The second quarter, though, brought more than just a change in momentum. Just before calling a timeout midway through the period, Tufts tapped on the shoulder of senior Jake Ford and told him to step onto the court for the first time this season.

Ford, who broke his collarbone during the football playoffs, knew coming into Monday's contest that playing was almost a lock. He'd been medically cleared to play earlier that day, and by the time warm ups rolled around he couldn't wipe the smile off his face.

Ford scored just one point in the quarter, but a fresh pair of legs and an infusion of energy pushed Scappoose to double up Marshfield in the quarter and inch within 19-17 at the break.

But then came the run in the third period. The Pirates scored the first six points of the quarter and jumped on top by 12 midway through before Scappoose cut it back to six points behind some hot shooting from junior Brennan McNabb.

By the 4:32 mark of the fourth quarter, things had quickly gotten out of hand. The Scappoose bench picked up a technical foul as the Indians trailed 47-32, struggling to get stops on defense, struggling to score and finding it impossible to get a whistle at the rim.

Senior forward Chase Johnson was frustrated, but said he had the goal in mind the whole time.

“[I was thinking about] how we're going to grind and punch 'em right in the mouth and claw our way back into it,” he said, after finishing with a team-high 14 points.

That was when all the talk about taking things one game, one quarter, one possession and one moment at a time would be put to the test, and pass with flying colors. A three-pointer from McNabb and a huge trey from Johnson capped a 10-0 run to bring Scappoose within four points of Marshfield with less than three minutes to play.

The mental toughness came in handy, as the Indians came inches away from firmly grabbing control. And yet, every time Marshfield came down the floor, they'd face an excellent defensive front and still manage to snake through for a pair at the line — which is where they found themselves after battling Scappoose for a minute-long possession with 55 seconds to play. Marshfield hit both free throws to take a 51-45 lead, effectively icing the game.

Both Tufts and Johnson had a similar take on dealing with a tough officiating crew. Johnson normally makes a living at the line, given his knack for getting to the rim and for nabbing offensive rebounds. Against Marshfield, Johnson didn't get a single one of the Indians' six attempts. Marshfield attempted 28 free throws by comparison.

Johnson said the only thing you could do was focus on what you could control.

“You've got to step up your defense a lot more, make sure that you slow down any streak that they're going on,” Johnson said. “We just need to start hitting shots. Whoever's feeling it gets the ball.”

Tufts, keeping with his next-possession mentality, agreed.

“You can't back down,” he said. “There's nothing you can do, just keep playing your game and keep attacking, attacking, attacking and hope that eventually … calls will level out.”

Similarly, Tufts said the plan in the next few practices wasn't to change anything big. Their focus is, as ever, on “getting better every day” and they'll simply look to tweak things heading toward the tournament in Sisters beginning on Dec. 29 and wrapping up on New Years Eve. The trip is typically a bonding experience for the team, before a final handful of non-league contests and the full slate of Cowapa League games, which begin on Jan. 20 at Seaside.

Tribe's streak reaches six at Junction City

Scappoose shook off a slow offensive start to push past Junction City 50-44 and win their sixth in a row to start the season on Friday evening.

Junior guard Brennan McNabb led the Indians with 19 points, including five made three pointers in the second and third quarters.

The Indians also got 10 points from Jacob Wendelschafer — thanks to nine trips to the free throw line — and six points from Chase Johnson.


Marshfield 53, No. 6 Scappoose 47

MARS 15 4 20 14 — 53

SCAP 9 8 13 17 — 47


Scappoose: Wendelschafer 7, Backus 2, Lohman 2, McNabb 12, Ford 1, Donaldson 6, Marcantonio 3, Johnson 14

Marshfield: Dean 20, Olson 12, Cooper 4, Miles 11, Banks 1, Trendell 5

Scappoose 50, Junction City 44

SCAP 7 17 16 10 — 50

JUNC 8 8 14 14 — 44


Scappoose: Wendelschafer 10, Backus 5, Lohman 3, McNabb 19, Donaldson 3, Marcantonio 4, Johnson 6

Junction City: Osburn 11, Gibson 8, Brown 14, Potter 3, Martinez 6, Prescott 2

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