Tribe pulls away from YC in second half to claim Cowapa League crown; rallies for win over Astoria

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Kyle Kramer (21) and Zach Smith (3) grapple for a rebound with Yamhill-Carlton's Landon Heryford during last Tuesday's game. The Indians won the contest and clinched the Cowapa League title.The Scappoose Indians needed one win in their last two games to clinch the Cowapa League boys’ basketball championship and they got two.

The Scappoose Indians didn’t think it would be easy and for a half it wasn’t Tuesday, but the Tribe came out of the halftime gate hot, upped their small lead to 14, and went on to a 61-44 win over visiting Yamhill-Carlton.

Scappoose need a win in one of their last two games to claim the title and they got it in the first one. The result was that the Indians forged a three-game lead in the league, and the next four teams were tied or within a game of each other.

The Indians would finish way above the pack by adding a hard-fought 54-52 win at Astoria on Friday night in a game that saw one of their starters hauled off to the hospital with a concussion.

Tribe Coach Rahim Tufts said going into the YC contest that the Tribe would need their defense and that’s exactly what he got.

“It felt really good,” Tufts said of the win. “Our kids executed the game plan tremendously well. We played great ‘D’. We limited their transition game. They want to get the ball up and down the court and for the score to be in the 60s or 70s. We were getting back and protecting the paint. They were still able to do it at times, but over the course of the game we did a great job. What a fun game. It was well played.”

It didn’t start that well for the Tribe. YC rattled off six quick points, forcing Tufts to call a time out.

The Indians responded with a 10-point surge to take the lead. It was tied at 15-all at the end of the first period. The second frame was a defensive struggle, but Scappoose got the lead again and was up by three at the break.

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Chris Tinning scored in double figures against YC on Tuesday. Friday he left Astoria's game for the hospital after a blow gave him a concussion.“We came out hot in the third,” Tufts noted. “We switched up the defense to a half-court trap. Our guys are so active in a 2-3 zone. (Paul) Revis, Zach (Smith) and Chris (Tinning) got their hands on so many balls and had a lot of deflections.”

“We beat them at their own game,” Tufts added. “When we didn’t score in transition we tried to be patient on offenses and get a great look. We had really good balance.”

The Tribe scored the first 10 points of the second period—four points from Smith, a three-point play from Tinning and a bucket from Revis off a Tinning steal. Although it got closer at times, the Indians would maintain a 10-12 point margin most of the half.

When Tinning hit a deuce at the close of the third, the Tribe led 41-30. The Indians did well at the free throw line down the stretch, hitting 7 of 8 over a three-minute stretch. However, it took a three from Smith with 1:50 left to ice the game.

Tufts was thrilled with winning the title. “I’m really excited about getting back-to-back titles,” he said. “After losing so many seniors, these kids have been pretty special. They’ve improved so much. They’ve been a lot of fun to coach.”

After their win at Astoria on Friday night, Tufts said, “It was a battle. We got down early and battled back and forth. A lot of different guys stepped up.”

The Tribe’s Chris Tinning was knocked out during a play early in the first quarter and was taken to the hospital. It delayed the game, but even with a minor concussion, Tinning made it back after the contest in time to celebrate with the team.

“It was a weird play and no one saw it,” Tufts said. He said Tinning came to practice over the weekend, and should be back on the floor by their state playoff game.

The Indians fell behind Astoria, trailing 20-10 at oneby: JOHN BREWINGTON -  Scappoose's Paul Revis scores after a steal during last week's game with YC. point. Tracy Scruggs came into the game and hit two big threes. Mitch Davis added a three and the Tribe trailed by just one. A Jeramy Poyer steal and a three at the buzzer gave Astoria a six-point halftime lead.

In the second half, the Indians kept coming up with big shots. Davis would add two threes. Ryan Henness dropped in a bucket. Paul Revis hit a fadeway jumper and the Tribe was down by just one late. Jesse Hanson hit a big trey, and Logan Stanton pulled down some rebounds. Zach Smith would make some late baskets and free throws at the end to clinch the contest.

“Everyone contributed,” Tufts said. “The team is playing really well and with confidence.”

The win over YC and Friday’s win over Astoria left Scappoose in first with a bye in the play-in round and no game until March 1. While Scappoose won the league title their slow start to the season left them far back in the rankings. They needed to be in the top 16 to have a home playoff game, but will finish around 21st. They will travel, probably to some place far away like last season—North Bend, North Valley (Grants Pass), or somewhere else.

Yamhill-Carlton beat Seaside on Friday to clinch second in the Cowapa League, but Astoria, Seaside and Tillamook were tied for third. They were in a playoff series on Monday and Tuesday.


Scappoose 61, Yamhill-Carlton 44

Yamhill 15 4 11 14—44

Scappoose 15 7 19 20—61

Yamhill-Carlton (44)—Ryan Broders 18, Heryford 7, McBride 7, Keithley 4, Findley 4, Weidner 3, Pena 1, Clark, Rhodes.

Scappoose 61)—Zach Smith17, Chris Tinning 10, Paul Revis 10, Kramer 7, Davis 5, Henness 5, Stanton 4, Hanson 2, Scruggs, Johnson, Padgett.

Scappoose 54, Astoria 52

Scappoose 10 11 17 16—54

Astoria 10 17 12 13—52

Scappoose (54)—Zach Smith 19, Mitch Davis 16, Scruggs 6, Revis 5, Hanson 3, Johnson 2, Stanton 2, Loss, Kramer.

Astoria (52)—Nick Strange 16, Jeramy Poyer 14, C. Leonardi 6, Fox 5, James 5, Paulson 2, Jarrett 2, Whisler 2, F. Leonardi.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Scappoose 61, Yamhill-Carlton 44

Seaside 55, Banks 39

Tillamook 51, Astoria 45

Friday, Feb. 15

Scappoose 54, Astoria 52

Tillamook 47, Banks 46

Seaside 50, Yamhill-Carlton 64

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