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Blake Updike scorches Estacada with 42 points

Senior has one of school's top-five games, including record-tying nine threes in 69-57 win
by: John Brewington HIGH SCORER—Scappoose’s Blake Updike scored 42 points, including nine threes, to lead the Indians to a 67-59 win over visiting Estacada Tuesday evening, Jan. 10.

Sometimes it just all comes together for an athlete, and that's what happened to Blake Updike, the Scappoose senior wing/guard on Tuesday, Jan. 10 with 42 points against Estacada.

Updike just flat outgunned the visiting Rangers in a 69-57 win. Among his accomplishments were: 16 first-quarter points, including four treys; two threes in the second period; six points-a three and three-point play-in the third; and 14 points, including two threes in the fourth.

It wasn't that Updike was just throwing up shots and hoping some would fall. His dead-eye aim was mostly spot-on. He sank five of six two-point attempts (83 percent). He hit nine of 14 threes (64 percent) and he was 100 percent on free throws (five of five). He was 70 percent from the field and 76 percent overall.

The team's 57 percent was also pretty impressive.

'It felt good,' Updike said of the heady night. 'My shot had been off the last couple of games. I just shot when I was open.'

He said it was the most he'd ever scored in a game. He said his teammates did a good job of feeding him the ball.

'We know when someone is on, we find them and let them keep shooting,' he said.

Updike's 42 points weren't a school record, but may be third in the last 15 years or so. Derek Anderson had games of 50 and 51 his senior year. Anderson had nine threes in a game and Marcus Kienlen also had nine threes in a game, former coach Ryan Svenson said.

Varsity coach Rahim Tufts added, '(Updike's) such a good shooter but he had a couple of off games and shot a little bit flat. We went in that morning and worked 45 minutes before school to help him find his rhythm. He's worked so hard over the last four years, last summer and fall. He deserves everything he's achieved this year.'

Despite Updike's big contribution, Scappoose never completely ran away with the contest. With Updike's contribution in the first, including finishing with two threes, the team held a commanding 25-13 lead. However, that diminished in the second period and they were up just 41-32 at the half. Estacada cut into that a bit more in the third period and trailed just 51-46 going into the final period. Updike caught fire again in the fourth, and Scappoose outscored the visitors 18-11 and finished with a 12-point lead.

The win boosted Scappoose to 9-4 on the season and left Estacada at 7-3.

The Indians travelled to Central on Friday. The Panthers were second in the OSAA rankings, just behind Seaside. Seaside was third in the coach's poll and Central fourth.

Scappoose hosts Astoria this Friday and Tillamook on Tuesday.

Scoring:

Scappoose 69, Estacada 57

Estacada 13 19 14 11-57

Scappoose 25 16 10 13-69

Estacada (57)-Jacob Lensch 14, Garrett Bergquist 14, Gabe Lindberg 10, Ryan Vauthier 10, Overton 6, Mullins 2, Wheeler 1.

Scappoose (69)-Blake Updike 42, Nelson 8, Stutzer 6, R. Smith 6, Moffett 3, Z. Smith 2, Karp 2, Revis, Raya.

Indians scare No. 1 Central

It only took a couple of missteps in the final period to derail a near-upset over Central on Friday night in Independence.

The Panthers are ranked second in the Oregon School Activities Association rankings and first in the coaches' poll. The Indians (ranked 13th) nearly upset that wagon.

'We played really well,' Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts said. 'I'm really, really happy with our excitement and effort. In the fourth quarter we had some costly turnovers, gave them some easy buckets, and had a little bit of a dry spell.'

The Indians led Central by three 13-10 after one period in the contest and were up 25-19 at the break. Both teams scored 17 in the third, and Scappoose took a six-point advantage into the final frame.

'There are a lot of things to learn from that game,' Tufts said. 'The important thing about the game, whether we won or lost, is that we learn from our mistakes and from what we did well. If we did that, going into league we'll be ready to rock.'

Blake Updike again led Scappoose and the game in scoring with 22 points.

The Indians started league play this week, travelling to Yamhill-Carlton on Tuesday. They host Astoria this Friday.

Tufts said that Seaside is ranked first by the OSAA. He expected it to be another battle in the Cowapa League this season. He expects (12th-ranked) Tillamook to again be tough, and that Banks and Astoria will also be competitive.

'There's nothing easy ahead,' he concluded.

Scoring:

Central 51, Scappoose 48

Scappoose 13 12 17 6-48

Central 10 9 17 15-51

Scappoose (48)- Blake Updike 22, Zach Smith 8, Stutzer 7, R. Smith 6, Nelson 3, Karp 2, Revis, Senn, Moffett.

Central (51)-Tim Omlid 15, Dahl 14, King 9, Cutsforth 6, Hampton 4, Lindley 4.