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SCAPPOOSE RULES

Indians dispatch North Marion
by: John Brewington UNSTOPPABLE—Scappoose’s Blake Updike had another big game Saturday, helping the Indians advance to the playoffs with a win over North Marion.

The Scappoose Indians made pretty short work of the visiting North Marion Huskies Saturday night to advance to the 4A state playoffs.

The Tribe scored the first two baskets of the contest and never trailed, although the Huskies did close midway through the second period. Scappoose's Blake Updike and Zach Smith each scored 20 points to lead the Tribe to a 76-58 win.

'I am really happy with the effort we came out of the gates with,' Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts said. 'Our biggest focus was to stop their transition. They have two guards, (Sawyer Dady and Nathan Summers) that hurt us last time. Our guards did a great job of slowing them down.'

The victory sends Scappoose on to the 16-team state tournament. They travel to North Bend this Saturday for a 1 p.m. game. The winner Saturday moves on to the final eight bracket at Gil Coliseum March 8-10.

Scappoose lost to North Marion in early January (78-69) and the Indians felt they had something to prove.

'We talked about that in practice last week,' Tufts noted. 'It was a little bit (of a factor) going it. It affected our motivation. We didn't play well and they played really well (in that game). We wanted to prove we are a different team.'

The Indians were fired up going into the game on both ends of the court and everyone contributed to a 25-point first quarter.

Updike scored first, Eric Raya added a basket and two free throws, Joe Nelson tipped in a deuce, and Zach Smith scored a bucket. The Tribe led 12-6.

It got better. Nelson hit back-to-back threes, and then completed a three-point play and Scappoose led 21-12. Updike and Ryan Karp hit the last two buckets.

The Tribe had a little bit of a lull to start the second period, let North Marion close to within two points, and then outscored them 13-2 over the last five minutes of the period. Updike had nine of those points and 13 in the half.

'We were able to get some stops and get some steals,' Tufts said. 'We wanted to play fast and utilize our speed. They made a run and we responded. Joe Nelson played huge. Everybody got in there and did good things. We had a few lapses here and there, but I'm really happy with our effort, our focus and our confidence. We went in knowing we could be successful and we were.'

Tufts added, 'Our guard play was really strong on both ends of the floor. Paul Revis and Shawn Moffett came in and made some big contributions. Our bench guys have contributed all year.'

The Indians put the game away early in the third period, going on a 12-2 run to lead by 20 points. It was Updike scoring the first five points and Smith with the next eight. The Huskies would close to within 11 by the end of the frame but couldn't pare the score much more. Scappoose had a 21-14 advantage in the final quarter.

In addition to the 20-point efforts of Updike and Smith, Nelson was also in double figures with 13. Eric Raya was big in the middle with eight points. Cody Stutzer added six.

Scoring:

Scappoose 76, N. Marion 58

N. Marion 17 11 16 14-58

Scappoose 25 13 17 21-76

North Marion(58)-Kyle Martin 20, Sawyer Dady 12, Parkinson 7, Z. Williamson 6, McLaren 5, Christensen 3, Summers 3, Moore 2, K. Williamson, Oliver, Pippert.

Scappoose (76)-Blake Updike 20, Zach Smith 20, Joe Nelson 13, Eric Raya 8, Cody Stutzer 6, Karp 4, Revis 3, Padgett 2, Henness, Senn.