A poor second quarter hurts Tribe against taller La Salle
Very few were giving the Scappoose Indians much of a chance against a tall La Salle team that had lost just two games all season.
The Falcons have players from across the Portland area and were heads above the more diminutive Indians. But the Tribe made a game of it.
Scappoose would lose the first round state playoff game, 50-39, but never fell farther behind than their 16-point halftime deficit, and were on the verge of making it a single-digit game several times.
Im really happy with our effort and how it all came together, Scappoose Coach Rahim Tufts said of the Tribes play, except for the fact we didnt win. We went cold there for awhile and La Salle is really good.
Early on the Indians had the lead in the game and several chances to expand on it that went awry.
You cant coach size. We missed a couple of easy looks that had we made them it could have changed the tempo of the game. The kids executed and did what we asked them to do. We just went cold for too long, Tufts added.
Scappoose got the first points of the game off a free throw by Zach Smith, then a steal by Paul Revis for two, and a bucket by a wide-open Chris Tinning underneath that put Scappoose up 5-2. La Salle wouldnt take the lead until they scored with 2:15 left in the first quarter. They would never trail again.
Scappoose just couldnt get the ball to drop in the second period, and Revis scored their only basket at the 4:46 mark. Meanwhile, La Salle ran off six points, and then hit three treys and another basket for a 23-7 lead at halftime.
Their non-shooters hit some threes and we didnt expect that, Tufts said.
The small gym was packed and the large crowd of Scappoose fans pushed open the doors at halftime to let a little cool air into the place known as The Brick Oven.
La Salle hit two buckets to start the third period and prospects seemed bleak for the Tribe.
The Indians started shooting from outside the circle and they managed to connect. Tinning and Smith got the scoring going. Kyle Kramer then scored and made two free throws. Smith hit again, and Kramer added a deuce and a trey to make it a 34-24 game. Only a Falcon three near the end kept the Indians from being down by 10 going into the fourth.
Kyle Kramer did an excellent job of guarding (Jacob) McGraw, Tufts pointed out. He was really bothering him on defense.
Kramer is all of 5-feet, 11-inches, while McGraw is listed at 6-5. The Falcons have three players at 6-5, another at 6-8, and a couple at 6-4.
The Indians would answer each time La Salle surged in the fourth period, and made some inroads, but they could only get it down to 10 again inside a minute. A late free throw gave La Salle their final score.
La Salle faces Gladstone in the eight-team state bracket. If they win, they'll probably play unbeaten and second-ranked North Valley.
I think they'll beat Gladstone, but I don't know about North Valley, Tufts said. They're really good. The Falcons twice beat Gladstone earlier in the season, both close games and one time by just a point. The winner of the semifinal game will probably face top-ranked Cascade in the finals.
Tufts was pleased with the Indians' season. It was a good season overall, he said. I was really happy with our development as a team. We lost seven from last year and started out 0-5. And then we battled, competed and never gave up. We were 9-1 in league.
The Indians will bring back five players from this team and will have a bigger team next season. Tufts was named the Coach of the Year in the Cowapa League and it's a bet he can work some more magic next season.
The game marked the end of the basketball season for Scappoose.
La Salle 50, Scappoose 39
Scappoose 5 2 17 1539
La Salle 6 17 14 1350
Scappoose (39Zach Smith 12, Kyle Kramer 9, Chris Tinning 8, Paul Revis 4, Ryan Henness 2, Taylor Loss 2, Logan Stanton 2, Jesse Hanson, Tracy Scruggs, Chase Johnson, Mitch Davis.
La Salle (50)Jacob McGraw 13, Sean Hays 11, Soberanis 9, Johnson 6, Smith 4, Gashongore 3, Kolln, 3, Meisner 1, Swift, Maes, Falk.