Junior Chase Johnson and senior Mitch Davis combine for 42 points in the win, helping the playoff race to stay alive
Scappoose had just about every reason to fold coming into Friday night's season finale with Astoria. They'd lost their last four and slipped well out of contention for a league title, their top goal this time around. But when it came down to the wire, the Indians got big performances from junior Chase Johnson and senior Mitch Davis to knock off the Fishermen 59-53 and ensuring their presence in the post season.
Early on, though, it was more of the same. Astoria got the kind bounces, and the Indians got the... well, mean ones. The visiting Fishermen scored the first six points before Scappoose could scratch the scoreboard, and it wasn't until halfway through the period that the Indians finally started to find some semblance of a rhythm.
Scappoose rallied behind rock solid play from junior Chase Johnson, who netted 14 of his team-high 24 points in the first half. The momentum continued to shift for the Indians, eventually catching Astoria and storming past, thanks to a huge second quarter in which the home team turned a three-point deficit into a six point advantage, leading 29-23 at the halftime break.
With just a few minutes left in the third quarter, it looked like the Indians had finally grasped control, however loosely. A few turnovers later, and Astoria had cut things to within two points, and with just seconds remaining, Derek Jarett stole the ball at the top of the key and raced away for a dunk on the break, tying the game just before the quarter buzzer sounded.
Now, with a 20-point quarter behind them, all the momentum was in Astoria's favor. The Fishermen finally jumped on top, taking a series of brief two-point leads, but senior Mitch Davis was only beginning to heat up.
Through three quarters, though he was six of eight from the line, he had only hit one field goal. All of that changed as the game came down to the wire. After playing quietly in the background for much of the game, Davis came out and put up ten of the Indians' 16 points in the period. The Fishermen, by contrast, had just ten points total in the final frame, eventually fading down the stretch as the Indians powered their way to clinch a playoff berth.
Scappoose will be on the road for their next contest, taking on Seaside at Banks – the neutral site chosen for the game – on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.
Scappoose 59, Astoria 54
ASTO 15 8 20 10 – 54
SCAP 12 17 14 16 – 59
Astoria (54): Sollars 8, K. Strange 10, N. Strange 6, Leonardi 8, Loughran 6, Cosner 1, Jarrett 4, Fremstand 10
Scappoose (59): Scruggs, Backus, Wendelschafer 2, Ford 4, Loss 6, Davis 18, Marcantonio 2, Johnson 24, Sprute 3