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Scappoose readies for showdown Friday

Indians post big win at Tillamook; stomp Astoria

The Scappoose Indians battled back and forth at Tillamook on Friday for second place in the Cowapa League.

The Indians still have designs on winning the league and needed the win to stay in contention. With the win, they have clinched at least second and a home berth in the play-in round of the playoffs.

'We jumped out early, hit a couple of threes, and played pretty well,' Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts said. 'In the second quarter we missed some easy shots, did not shoot well, they hit a couple of threes and came back on us.'

Tillamook would hold a slim 24-23 margin at halftime.

Scappoose got back on track late in the third after falling behind by five. Three treys by Blake Updike and another by Zach Smith would help give them a 43-40 lead going into the fourth period.

'In the fourth, we were in control the whole game. We really got some good looks. We did a great job of maintaining our composure in a packed gym with a loud ruckus atmosphere. We made plays where we had too and our defense cut down on their rebounding,' Tufts added.

'Blake Updike had a huge night. He hit some really big shots and some big threes. He's really confident with the ball and confident within himself,' Tufts added.

He said the game with Seaside on Friday will probably be pretty similar to the first one at Seaside. That game was back and forth the entire night, and came down to the final buzzer with both teams having chances to win.

'It should be a packed gym,' Tufts noted. 'I'm really excited for the kids.'

If the Indians get by 0-8 Banks on Tuesday, they will have a chance to tie Seaside for first in the league. If they tie, there will probably be a playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at a neutral site to determine the league championship. If Seaside wins, they will be first and Scappoose second. Both first and second teams will host play-in games at the end of next week.

Indians 68, Astoria 35

The game at Astoria last Tuesday wasn't much of a problem for the Indians.

They burst out to a 25-9 lead by the end of the first period, and had the game in hand by halftime with a 41-13 advantage.

Scappoose's Zach Smith led the scoring in the game with 20 points, and Blake Updike was right behind with 18. Smith dropped in five threes, Updike two and the Tribe had nine in the game.

The Indians hosted winless-in-league Banks on Tuesday and then faces Seaside on Friday in their final regular season game.

Scoring:

Scappoose 53, Tillamook 47

Scappoose 17 6 20 10-53

Tillamook 5 19 16 7-47

Scappoose (53)-Blake Updike 23, Zach Smith 10, R. Smith 7, Raya 4, Revis 4, Nelson 4, Stutzer 1, Moffett, Karp.

Tillamook (47)-Trever Cooley 13, Joey Hancock 12, Jacob Hurliman 10, Motsinger, Travis Harp 5, Trent Harp 2, Travers, McRae, Waud, Schriber, Pullen.

Scappoose 68, Astoria 35

Scappoose 25 16 19 8-68

Astoria 9 4 12 10-35

Scappoose (68)-Zach Smith 20, Blake Updike 18, Russell Smith 10, Nelson 6, Senn 6, Stutzer 5, Karp 2, Revis 1, Henness, Kramer, Moffett, Raya, Padgett.

Astoria (35)-Jeremy Poyer 17, C. Leonardi 8, F. Leonardi 4, Johnson 3, Samp 2, Whisler 1, Ferguson, Corbit, Bruton, Wullger.