Scappoose closes in on clinching second place, but still has hope of league title
by: John Brewington  UP THE MIDDLE—Scappoose’s Zach Smith gets hammered as he drives to the basket during Friday's game with Yamhill-Carlton.

Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts thought the Indians' Cowapa League basketball battle with Seaside Tuesday, Jan. 31 would come down to the last couple of minutes of play and that's exactly what happened.

Tufts didn't expect the game would be back and forth the entire way, but it was. The Indians were facing a then top-ranked Seaside team that was 17-1 on the season. It didn't dazzle them one bit.

Both teams led at times, but neither could separate enough to put the game away.

There were four lead changes in the last 2½ minutes of play, each team taking a one-point lead. With just a few seconds left in the contest, Blake Updike connected on two free throws to give Scappoose a one-point lead. Seaside responded with a basket, and the Tribe had just 2.7 seconds to hit the winning score. They huddled during a time out, called a play, but didn't get the look they wanted.

'I give their defense credit,' Tufts said. 'They kept us from getting a shot off.'

The coach said the team feels they can win their next meeting with the Gulls and knot the title race.

There wasn't much let up on Friday when the Indians started the second half of league play hosting Yamhill-Carlton.

That game was another start-to-finish barnburner, but this time the Indians would prevail.

After one period, YC held a one-point lead, but the two clubs found themselves tied at halftime. The Tigers had moved out to a seven-point lead early in the second, but Scappoose battled back to tie the score. Six points from Updike in the last two minutes brought Scappoose back.

It was the Indians busting out to a seven-point 35-28 lead early in the third period, but then they went cold, YC fought their way back, and led 44-41 going into the final frame.

Early in the fourth, Eric Raya connected on a three-point play to give Scappoose the lead again. Yamhill answered, but then Updike dropped in two, and Zach Smith hit a three to put the Tribe in front for good. Scappoose had just a four-point lead with 1:04 remaining, but managed the ball well. Updike hit three of four foul shots, and Cody Stutzer connected on two free throws to clinch it.

The win left Scappoose two games or more ahead of the rest of the league for second place with just four games to go. The best-case scenario is that they win all four, and Tillamook or YC beats Seaside. That would leave them all alone in first. Worst case is they lose two of the four games and end up tied for second. If the playoffs were tomorrow, the Indians would host Molalla if they finish second, and Gladstone if they end up first.


Seaside 51, Scappoose 50

Scappoose 11 10 15 14-50

Seaside 14 11 13 13-51

Scappoose (50)-Zach Smith 17, Blake Updike 10, Nelson 8, R. Smith 7, Stutzer 4, Karp 2, Raya 2, Moffett, Revis.

Seaside (51)-Andrew Potter 15, Nelson 8, Clark 7, DeGandi 6, Chesnut 5, Soller 4.

Scappoose 57, Yamhill 50

Yamhill 11 17 16 6-50

Scappoose 10 18 13 16-57

Yamhill-Carlton(50)-Robby Sullivan 14, Murphy 9, Findley 6, Staebler 4, W. Davis 4, McKinny 3, Braden 2, K. Davis 2, McGraw, Claussen.

Scappoose (57)-Blake Updike 23, Zach Smith 14, Raya 5, Stutzer 4, Karp 4, Nelson 4, Revis 3, Moffett, R. Smith.

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