Scappoose and Seaside squared off Tuesday in battle of Cowapa League unbeaten teams
The Scappoose Indians stayed tied for the Cowapa League lead last week with convincing wins over Tillamook on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Banks on Friday Jan 27.
'We played really tough against Tillamook, everyone competed,' Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts said. 'We stuck to our game plan and played really physical, kept them off the boards, and made everything as really tough as possible for (Jordan) Schriber.'
'We played a really well-balanced game. They did a good job of being tight on Blake (Updike) and Zach (Smith). We have a lot of different guys that can step up. We took what they gave us and didn't force anything.'
The Indians played a steady, even-handed game against Tillamook. They put in 14 points in each of the first two quarters, and hit 12 and 15 in the last two. Only one Indian broke double figures-Zach Smith with 11, but three others were within three points of him, and three others hit six. Scappoose led by just five at the break, but they upped that to an 11-point margin by the end of the third.
The Indians didn't have a big night from three-point range, hitting just three treys, but they didn't need to, putting in 19 deuces. They were eight of 15 from the free throw line.
Tufts said the Indians didn't really have to force threes. He noted that they were in the bonus by the end of the third quarter and decided to attack the rim to get to the line. That gave them more two-point chances and more free throws.
Scappoose kept their win skein unblemished in the league on Friday with a solid 62-40 win over Banks on Friday.
'We came out flat,' Tufts said. 'We were ahead by just seven going into the half and just seven going into he fourth. In the first half our energy was not great and we didn't capitalize on their mistakes. We had a little pep talk at halftime and their energy was better in the second half.'
The Indians had 11 turnovers in the first half and just three in the second.
'We took care of the ball better in the second half and took care of the defensive pressure. I thought Banks did well taking some things away from us.'
The two wins set up Scappoose's showdown with Seaside on Tuesday night, Jan. 31. The Gulls were second in the OSAA rankings, and like Scappoose 4-0 in league going into the game. They are also 17-1 on the season. The Indians are 13-5, and ranked 13th by the OSAA.
Tufts said going into the game that he expected a really close contest that might not be decided until the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. He said both teams were very confident and both had a lot of seniors. Seaside has the edge in height, but the Indians have a quickness advantage.
The game may come down to which team is hotter. 'To win on the road we have to shoot well,' Tufts concluded.
Scappoose 55, Tillamook 41
Tillamook 11 12 6 12-41
Scappoose 14 14 12 15-55
Tillamook (41)-Jordan Schriber 20, Hurliman 6, Cooley 5, Matsinger 4, Trent Harp 4, Travers 2, Strang, Hancock, McRae, Travis Harp.
Scappoose (55)-Zach Smith 11, Stutzer 9, R. Smith 9, Updike 8, Karp 6, Nelson 6, Raya 6, Moffett, Revis.
Scappoose 62, Banks 40
Scappoose 14 15 12 21-62
Banks 11 11 12 6-40
Scappoose (62)-Zach Smith 15, Blake Updike 15, Ryan Karp 10, Nelson 8, Revis 5, Stutzer 4, R. Smith 4, Moffett 1, Senn.
Banks (40)-Shea Rue 14, Wyckoff 8, Evers 6, Browning 4, Barger 3, Streblow 3, Olson 2, Blatner, Markham.