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Zach Smith paces Tribe to 2-0 in league play

Scappoose bursts out to early lead over Astoria and team cruises to second league win
by: John Brewington GAME PACER—Scappoose’s Zach Smith got the Indians off to a fast start on Friday night. He had 18 points in the first half, including four threes. He finished the game with 25 points.

Scappoose's Zach Smith took early control of Friday's basketball game with Astoria and the Indians cruised to their second-straight Cowapa League win on consecutive nights.

Smith was just unstoppable in the first half. He would finish the game with 25 points, 18 of those coming in the first half. He had three three-pointers in the first period, 11 points, and added another three and seven points in the second period. He had five threes in the game.

The Indians were up by eight after one, and a nearly insurmountable lead of 36-22 by halftime.

'He did an awesome job of combining hitting threes and getting to the rim. It was awesome. Sometimes kids hit a couple threes and all they want to do is shoot threes. He did a good job of attacking in the paint,' Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts said.

The Tribe's Blake Updike and Cody Stutzer were also in double figures with 11 points each.

'I'm really happy with the effort,' Tufts added. 'It was our second night in a row, back-to-back games, and sometimes legs are not as spry. But they put out the effort and focused. I called one time out when I thought we were getting a little lazy, and they picked it up.'

Tufts said the team is very unselfish and celebrates individual achievement.

'A lot of our guys have the ability to score. If somebody is killing it a little bit, we look for him. Our guys are good about that and celebrating each other's success-whether it's scoring or a big defensive stop. That's a good identifier of team basketball. It's a lot of fun to coach.'

The win boosted Scappoose to 2-0 in league play and 11-5 on the season. They are currently ranked 14th in the OSAA rankings. Looming on the horizon next week is Seaside, 14-1 on the season and ranked first by the OSAA.

Tufts is pleased with where the Indians are on the season, although a couple of losses still are hard to swallow.

'I'm very happy with where we are. We learn from our losses and our wins. Two losses still sting a bit-the North Marion loss where we were not up to our potential and the Central game where we weren't able to close them out in the fourth quarter. I'm not concerned about the record but how we continue to develop. North Marion burned us and we had a chance to take down a top team at Central and couldn't close it out.'

He said the team used those lessons learned by closing out Yamhill-Carlton on Thursday.

Tufts believes the Indians are capable of competing with anyone.

'When we execute on both sides of the ball fundamentally I really think we can compete with anybody. We've got to shoot well but I think we can.'


Scappoose 63, Astoria 46

Astoria 8 14 12 12-46

Scappoose 16 20 16 11-63

Astoria (46)-Jeramy Poyer 10, Calvin Bruton 10, C. Leonardi 8, Samp 7, F. Leonardi 6, Johnson 5, Wullger 2, Ferguson, Fox, Whisler, Baetty.

Scappoose (63)-Zach Smith 25, Cody Stutzer 11, Blake Updike 11, Raya 4, R. Smith 4, Karp 3, Nelson 2, Loss 2, Revis 1, Moffett.