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Indians get off to a quick start in Cowapa League

Tribe starts first halves slow but comes on strong in each second half to post wins over Tillamook and Banks


by: JEREMY DUECK - Scappoose's Mitchell Davis drives to the hoop between two Banks players during last Friday's game. The Indians beat Banks and Tillamook last week to start Cowapa League play.The Scappoose Indians got off to a good start in the Cowapa League last week, posting a win at Tillamook on Tuesday, and topping Banks on Friday.

The Indians won the league championship last season after tying with Seaside.

Zach Smith and Chris Tinning did most of the damage at Tillamook. Smith was the game’s leading scorer with 28 points, and Tinning had a season best with 17. Smith did most of his scoring going to the hoop, while Tinning hit four threes in the game, all in the second half.

Scappoose trailed after the first quarter in the contest, but came back to trail by just one at halftime. They’d been down by four, but Paul Revis hit a three at the buzzer to close within one.

“Down at Tillamook we had some woes in the first half,” Scappoose Coach Rahim Tufts said. “We did not shoot too well and they were easily breaking our half court trap. We came out in the second half and tightened up our defense.”

With three treys from Tinning and 11 points and six points from Smith, Scappoose outscored the ‘Mooks 19-8 in the third and that would be the difference in the contest.

by: JEREMY DUECK - Scappoose's Paul Revis soars to the hoop with a Banks player in hot pursuit during last week's game.“Chris has been playing pretty well. He had five assists against Banks. Zach went to the rim pretty well. Some of his (points) came off steals, but most were just driving to the hoop,” Tufts added.

The 25-points difference in the Banks games sounds like an easy rout, but it was a close game in the first half as the Indians struggled to score. Tufts said the team again tightened up defense in the third and Banks had just one point. They didn’t score in the fourth until midway through, Scappoose rattled off 26 points.

Smith would again lead Scappoose in scoring with 18 points and the Indians spread out the rest of the scoring.

“We won our first two games and that’s a great start,” Tufts said.

He was worried about Seaside’s height going into Tuesday’s game and said it will be a tough contest with Yamhill-Carlton on Friday.

“YC is playing really well. They beat Astoria last week. Every team in this league can beat each other,” Tufts added.

Scappoose went into league play as the lowest ranked team at 33rd in the Oregon School Activities Association rankings. Smith sat out the first six games for the Tribe. They have won five of their last seven games.

The Indians hosted Seaside on Tuesday this week, and travel to Yamhill-Carlton on Friday. The games were critical for Scappoose, if they can win both they will be all alone atop the league standings. The first half of league ends next Tuesday with Astoria visiting Scappoose. After the Astoria game the Tribe will switch to a 7 p.m. start time. Both the boys and girls teams are playing on the same night at the same locations. The first half of the season the girls games start at 7 p.m. and in the second half the boys games do. The first varsity game is at 5:30 p.m.

Scoring:

Scappoose 58, Tillamook 49

Scappoose 8 16 19 15—58

Tillamook 13 12 8 16—49

Scappoose (58)—Zach Smith 28, Chris Tinning 17, Kramer 6, Revis 5, Scruggs 2, Hanson, Henness, Loss, Johnson, Davis, Stanton.

Tillamook (49)—Jacob Hurliman 14, Joey Hancock 11, David Waud 10, Matt Strang10, McRae 4, Travers, Stellflug, Bryant.

Scappoose 63, Banks 38

Banks 16 12 1 9—38

Scappoose 12 13 12 26—63

Banks (38)—Garrett Markham 8, baltner 6, Renne 6, Sahnow 5, Hill 5, Vandehey 2, King 2, Barger 2, Shurts 2, Steblow.

Scappoose (63)—Zach Smith 18, Paul Revis 9, Tinning 8, Scruggs 8, Davis 8, Loss 6, Stanton 4, Johnson 2, Hanson.