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SEASON'S END

Scappoose basketball team loses in state first round at North Bend
by: John Brewington DRIVING THE MIDDLE—Scappoose’s Blake Updike (5) drives to the hoop around Hamilton Mateski of North Bend during Saturday’s first round state playoff game at North Bend.

NORTH BEND-The Scappoose Indians couldn't find that fourth-quarter surge Saturday that has carried them to wins in big games all season long.

Instead the Indians fell victim to some final period turnovers and missed shots that derailed their chances against North Bend in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.

The Indians would end up losing 51-42 in a game they still lead a minute into the fourth quarter.

Scappoose was on the road after winning the league championship due to an Oregon Schools Activities Association ranking system that pairs teams in the first round based on computer-generated ranking, rather than league finishes.

The Indians were stunned by the loss, but took it in stride.

'It was a fun trip for all of our kids,' Scappoose Coach Rahim Tufts said, 'a learning experience. Obviously we wanted to come out on top, but I'm really proud of how they competed.'

At the outset of the contest, the Indians fell behind, but not by much. They stayed within range and were down four, 17-13, at the end of the first quarter. With Blake Updike hitting two threes, including one at the buzzer, and eight points in the period Scappoose stayed within 2-3 points most of the frame and went into the half down by three. Updike had 13 points in the first half.

Scappoose owned the third quarter. Updike hit two threes and a deuce, and Zach Smith and Cody Stutzer contributed the first two buckets. The Tribe led by five with 1:33 to go, but the Bulldogs closed to within one point with a two and two free throws. The Indians led 38-37 going into the final frame.

In the fourth, Smith hit a deuce to lead off the quarter, but the Indians wouldn't score again until just 1:17 remained. Meanwhile, North Bend rallied to move in front and built a 47-40 lead just past the midway point. Scappoose turnovers, some unforced, proved costly. The Indians couldn't get any shots to fall, and the Bulldogs went into a delay game. Scappoose had to foul, and had some chances to narrow the margin, but couldn't score.

'We didn't do some of the things we had done all year,' Tufts said. 'Give the other team credit for doing a great job of defending. We let them cut in front of us with their flex offense too many times. We had too many turnovers and scored only four in the fourth (period).'

Updike would finish the game with 23 points, by far the game's leading scorer, but North Bend had three players in double figures-totaling 41 points.

The Bulldogs were nearly a mirror image of Scappoose in style of play.

'They were pretty similar to us,' Tufts noted. 'They have guard oriented play and defend really well. They made some shots and their pressure really affected us.'

The game was stopped in the fourth quarter when Scappoose post Eric Raya went down hard under the basket and broke a tooth. It took several minutes to clean up the blood.

The loss eliminated Scappoose from the state playoffs. North Bend advanced to the final eight with the win. They play Phoenix Thursday at Gil Coliseum in Corvallis.

Tufts was pleased with the season-long play of his squad.

'Anytime you have a chance to get to Corvallis it's a good season,' he said. 'It stings right now and hurts, but we had that chance and it was really close. If we played that team 10 times, the outcome would be different a majority of the time because I have confidence in this team. We accomplished a lot. We won 20 games and were the league champions. Blake was the player of the year and Zach Smith, Joe Nelson, and Cody Stutzer were all-league.

'We came together and jelled. You said it well last week, we were really a team. This trip was indicative of that. Everyone was getting along and having a lot of fun,' Tufts concluded.

The Indians lose a number of players to graduation this year, so the composition of the team will change. Updike, Stutzer, Nelson, Shawn Moffett, Ryan Karp, Eric Raya and Kody Senn all graduate. Returning will be Zach Smith, Paul Revis, Ryan Henness, Kyle Kramer, Chris Tinning, and Sam Padgett.

Scoring:

North Bend 51, Scappoose 42

Scappoose 13 13 12 4-42

North Bend 17 12 8 14-51

Scappoose (42)-Blake Updike 23, Smith 6, Stutzer 4, Nelson 3, Revis 2, Raya 2, Karp 2.

North Bend (51)-Logan Lucero 14, Hamilton Mateski 14, Cam Lucero 13, Roane 5, Davisson 4, A. Mateski 2, Cunningham.