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Indians down Gulls for Cowapa crown

Scappoose blisters Seaside with 10 threes in title game
by: John Brewington STRONG PLAY—Scappoose’s Zach Smith has been a big contributor to the Tribe’s success this season. He goes to the hoop here during Saturday play-in game with visiting North Marion.

The Scappoose Indians downed Seaside for the second time in five days to claim the Cowapa League basketball championship on Tuesday, Feb. 21 with a 55-52 win.

The Tribe bombed Seaside with 10 three-point shots in the contest for 30 of their 55 points. Five different players hit threes in the first period and Scappoose took a five-point lead. The game would stay close the rest of the way, but in the end the Indians prevailed. The Indians led by 10 points at halftime, but Seaside would close the gap to just three going into the fourth period.

'We came out and shot really well,' Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts said. 'We hit seven of 10 threes in the first half and we were the aggressor. We were up by 13 and Seaside hit a three at the buzzer to leave us up by 10 at the half.'

Tufts said the Indians were a little stagnant in the third quarter.

'We took some shots that were not great, had some turnovers, and they hit a couple of offensive boards. They clawed their way back in and were down just four going into the fourth,' Tufts said.

Like their first meeting, the game went to the final two minutes. Scappoose found themselves down by four. Zach Smith then drove to the hoop and kicked the ball out to Russell Smith who sank a deuce. The Tribe had to foul, and Seaside missed a free throw. The Indians ran a play and Blake Updike hit a three to put them up by one. Scappoose then got a steal and a fast break, but turned the ball over. Seaside got called for being in the key too long and had to foul Scappoose. The Indians made their free throws, and went ahead by five. Seaside hit a shot at the buzzer and the game ended with the Indians having a three-point advantage.

Updike led the Indians and the game with 20 points, including four treys in the contest.

The game was in marked contrast to last Friday's match-up. Scappoose, playing in front of a large crowd at home, came from 13-points down late in the third and pulled off a seven-point win.

Scappoose is playing well right now.

'They feel confident on both sides of the ball,' Tufts said. 'Our defense has improved a ton. They're listening to what we're saying and we're calmer pushing the ball. Our decision making on shots has improved a lot since earlier in the year. We're getting the ball to the right guy and making the right read-kicking it out or whatever.'

Seaside won the first encounter of the season between the two teams, but just by a point, 51-50. The Indians won the last two meetings to claim the league championship and the top seed going into Saturday's 'play-in' game with North Marion. The Huskies won a Tuesday playoff game with Gladstone to snag the No. 4 spot in the Tri-Valley League. That sent them to Scappoose on Saturday.

Scoring:

Scappoose 55, Seaside 52

Scappoose 17 17 8 13-55

Seaside 12 12 15 13-52

Scappoose (55)-Blake Updike 20, Stutzer 10, Zach Smith 7, Russell Smith 6, Ryan Karp 5, Shawn Moffett 3, Paul Revis 3, Joe Nelson 1, Eric Raya.

Seaside (52)-Eddie Soller 10, DeGandi 9, Potter 8, Clark 6