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Boys' basketball: Tribe gets 'springboard' at Sisters tourney

Scappoose picks up wins over Sisters and Henley, falls to Philomath at Sisters Holiday Tournament


A few days at the Sisters tournament may have been exactly what the Scappoose boys' basketball team needed. The Indians (4-5) picked up far more than a pair of wins. They bonded as a team, worked out kinks on the court and got what head coach Rahim Tufts called a “springboard” win as the team nears league play.

Throughout the season, Scappoose has struggled with consistency and the ability to handle aggressive pressure from an opposing defense. Things started to improve in their loss to La Salle on Dec. 27, and as time wore on in the Indians' first contest at the Sisters Holiday Tournament, the Tribe continued to make advancements.

“We played great pressure defense in the second half of the Sisters game which translated into offensive opportunities in the open court,” said Tufts.

Scappoose led by six at the break, but put the clamps down on The Outlaws (1-9), in the third quarter, allowing just five points in the period. The Indians loosened things up a little in the fourth, but by that point, the offense was running free and the road team was able to pull away, picking up the 49-36 victory.

The next days' game against Philomath (6-2) wasn't pretty. After falling behind 13-5 at the end of the first quarter, Scappoose was held scoreless in the second quarter while giving up a tournament-high 21 points to the Warriors. Though play picked up in the second half, including a five-point fourth quarter for Philomath, it was too deep a hole to climb out of.

The next day didn't start as planned. The team bus ran out of gas on the way to the final game against Henley, but fortunately the Indians had plenty left for the Hornets, as they'd end up needing every ounce.

The measure of consistancy, Scappoose scored 11 points in each of the first three quarters against Henley (5-3). They led 22-19 at halftime, and Henley wouldn't go away. The lead was chipped to 33-31 heading to the fourth quarter, but the Indians got just enough in the final frame to send Henley home, handing the Hornets a 49-47 victory thanks to a combined 35 points from Chase Johnson, Mitch Davis and Brennan McNabb.

The tournament represents an interesting shift for the Indians, who are usually led in scoring by Johnson and Johnson alone. In Sisters, it was Davis who carried the scoring, putting up a team-high 33 points over the three games. The more balanced scoring, better defense and stronger team cohesion was all put together in the most complete game the Indians have had this season, according to Tufts.

“Our energy and physicality on defense was apparent for four quarters and on offense we made much smarter decisions with the ball,” he said. “Henley is a very good team so we are feeling like that can be a springboard for us as the season goes on.”

The Indians will return to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 7 to face Taft (5-4) at 7 p.m.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 49, Sisters 36

SCAP 18 6 10 15 49

SIST 11 8 5 12 – 36

Scappoose: Davis 16, Johnson 13, McNabb 5, Marcantonio 4, Scruggs 2, Backus 2, Sprute 2, Loss 2, O'Brien 1

Sisters: Harris 8, Martinez 7, Moore 7, Schaub 4, Larson 3, Gill 2, Johnson 1

Philomath 53, Scappoose 22

SCAP 5 0 13 4 – 22

PHIL 13 21 14 5 – 53

Scappoose 22: Johnson 5, Davis 4, O'Brien 4, Scriggs 3, Backus 2, Ford 2, Loss 2

Philomath 53: DeSaulnier 17, Marchant 13, Chambers 6, R. Bennett 4, Noble 4, Larson 3, S. Bennett 2, Buddingh 2, S. Bennett 2, Lehman 2

Scappoose 49, Henley 47

SCAP 11 11 11 16 – 49

HEN 13 6 12 16 – 47

Scappoose 49: Davis 13, Johnson 12, McNabb 10, Loss 4, Scruggs 2, Backus 2, Wendelschafer 2, Marcantonio 2, Sprute 2

Henley 47: Mitchell 11, Seater 8, Greif 7, Crain 6, Overstreet 5, Campbell 4, Hilyard 4, Fahner 2