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Scappoose tops Yamhill-Carlton, 61-51

Scappoose bounces back from third-quarter deficit with 19-5 run in the fourth quarter

The Indians finally opened league play on Thursday night with a win at Yamhill-Carlton. The game had twice been postponed from Tuesday due to snow.

The Tribe trailed by four points going into the fourth period, but broke open the close game with a 19-5 run in the fourth for the 61-51 victory.

'It was a really close game,' Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts said. 'A couple of bounces here and there, a couple of shots and it could have gone either way. YC plays extremely hard. They are a really tough team and it was a great win for us at their place.'

Tufts said the difference in the fourth was that they knocked down a couple of big shots, rebounded better, and got back in transition better.

The Indians' Zach Smith and Blake Updike again led the charge, scoring 19 and 18 points, respectively. Each had a three-pointer and were four for four at the free throw line in the fourth period. Joe Nelson was also in double figures for Scappoose with 13 points. He also led the team in rebounds with eight.

Tufts said Updike made a huge three when the Indians were leading by one point. After that, the Indians had a four-point lead and were able to take control. A couple of misses for YC on the other end didn't hurt either.

Overall, the difference in the game may have come from long distance as Scappoose sank nine treys, while the Tigers didn't have any.Yamhill-Carlton was just three of seven from the charity stripe in the fourth, and sank just one field goal.

'Anytime you can get a win in league play on the road it's awesome,' Tufts added. 'This time we made the plays to close out the game. We didn't do that at Central. We talked about it in the third period (at YC) and the kids went out and did it.'

The Indians hosted Tillamook on Tuesday and travel to Banks this Friday. This coming Tuesday they are at No. 1-ranked (OSAA) Seaside. The 13-1 Gulls are ranked second in the Coaches Poll.

Scoring:

Scappoose 61, Yamhill 51

Scappoose 17 13 12 19-61

Yamhill 19 9 18 5-51

Scappoose (61)-Zach Smith 19, Blake Updike 18, Joe Nelson 13, Moffett 6, Karp 3, Stutzer 2, R. Smith, Raya.

Yamhill-Carlton (51) -Cody Staebler 17, Jake McGraw 14, Robby Sullivan 14, Gabe Findley 9, Braden 2, K. Davis 2, W. Davis 2, Claussen 1, McKinney, Murphy.