Indians outscore Seaside 26-7 over last 8:26 to force league championship playoff Tuesday
Never count the Scappoose Indians out of a basketball game. Not even against a team that had won 22 straight games since losing their first game of the season.
Playing before a jam-packed gym last Friday night, the Tribe came from 13-points down in just about four minutes to upset then-league-leading Seaside, 62-56, and force a playoff game this past Tuesday for the Cowapa League Championship.
Surveying the over-1,000 fans on hand in the gym, Scappoose Principal Eric Clendenin summed up the electricity in the air, 'This is what high school basketball is all about.'
Scappoose didn't come into the game without their own bona fides. They had lost at Seaside earlier in the season by just a point, their only loss in league play. Most of their other losses for the 18-6 squad were against top-10-ranked teams.
Friday's game was played in front of perhaps the largest crowd ever to see a Columbia County prep basketball game.
'It was a cool atmosphere,' Scappoose's Blake Updike said. It was Updike who would lead his team in the comeback and in scoring with 23 points.
'It was a great atmosphere,' Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts said. 'They (Seaside) has a great crowd, and we had a great crowd.'
Scappoose couldn't quite keep pace with the Gulls in the middle of the contest. They fell behind with a minute to go in the first period, and wouldn't lead again until there was just 4:37 left in the game.
'We played well at times and at times poorly,' Tufts said. 'We had some defensive lapses in both halves and some poor decisions on offense.'
The Indians were down 49-36 with 26 seconds left in the third. It wasn't looking good for the Tribe. Then Paul Revis hit a three and it was a 10-point game.
Updike would hit a three to start the fourth period, and seconds later complete a three-point play. Zach Smith hit two free throws and Scappoose was down by just two.
Seaside scored three points, but their five-point margin didn't last long. Joe Nelson, who had a big 10 points for Scappoose, hit two free throws. Moments later, Smith stole the ball, passed to Updike for two and it was a one-point game. With 4:37 left, Smith sank two free throws to put Scappoose up for good. The Indians went into a delay and then hit enough free throws in the final minute to clinch the win.
'We know that we're a good team and that if we put out heads together and keep battling we can win,' Updike said. 'We started scoring after Revis' three and once we start scoring our defense picks up. Our offense gives our defense a boost-it's almost like a circle.'
Updike said the Indians like to push the ball up the court, and their style of play wore on Seaside by the fourth period.
'The kids stayed confident and worked extremely hard. I called a time out and looked up at the scoreboard. We're down just two points and had Seaside on their heels,' Tufts added. 'We wanted to utilize our speed in the fourth and let out all the stops. I think Seaside got a little tired and they were exhausted by the end of the game.'
'We got a phenomenal amount of energy from out student body and that really helped us out,' he said.
The win tied Scappoose with Seaside for first in the Cowapa League. A playoff game was slated for Tuesday night in Tillamook. The winner will be league champion and the runner-up second.
Scappoose 65, Banks 43
Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts was worried about his team letting down last Tuesday against a struggling Banks squad-he needn't have worried too much.
Banks never really got in the mix, scoring just 16 first half points, and only four in the first period.
Led by Blake Updike with 20 points, the Indians played a solid game, leading the entire way, and by as much as 24 just before the final buzzer.
Updike scored the first six points of the game and all of the team spent some time on the court. Tufts kept Zach Smith, usually the leading or No. 2 scorer for Scappoose on the bench much of the game to keep from running up the score.
Banks did get some stellar play from guard Shea Rue, who led the game in scoring with 26 points. He scored 13 of their 16 in the first half, and 13 of their 27 in the second half.
Scappoose 62, Seaside 56
Seaside 17 15 17 7-56
Scappoose 13 9 17 23-62
Seaside (56)-Eddie Soller 16, Jason Pfund 12, Potter 9, Aaron Chesnut 8, Clark 5, Nelson 3, DeGandi 3.
Scappoose (62)-Blake Updike 23, Zach Smith 16, Joe Nelson 10, Revis 5, Stutzer 3, R. Smith 3, Raya 2.
Scappoose 65, Banks 43
Banks 4 12 18 9-43
Scappoose 10 21 15 19-65
Banks (43)-Shea Rue 26, Mitchell Evers 10, Wycoff 3, Barger 2, Blatner 2, Olson, Vandehey, Browning, King, Streblew.
Scappoose (65)-Blake Updike 20, Cody Stutzer 11, Nelson 7, Shawn Moffett 6, R. Smith 6, Raya 4, Z. Smith 2, Karp 2, Padgett 2, Senn 2, Revis, Loss, Henness.