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Boys basketball: Indians win grudge match with Valley Catholic

Scappoose gets revenge and tops Valley Catholic 39-34, holds on to third in league standings with three games left


Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose junior Colton Bird goes up for a layup during the third quarter of the Indians' 39-34 win over Valley Catholic on Tuesday. Bird didn't score, but played a vital role as Scappoose struggled through foul trouble in the second half.They're only two games into their first-ever stint as league opponents, but the regular grudge matches Scappoose and Valley Catholic may well be turning into a new Cowapa League rivalry as the pair of sides battled to another close finish on Tuesday evening.

While the Valiants came away with a heartbreaking 42-40 win in the series opener, it was Scappoose who found revenge in their trip to Beaverton, muscling past Valley Catholic for a 39-34 victory to run their streak to three straight. The win moves the Indians (16-5, 4-3 Cowapa) into sole possession of third place in the Cowapa League standings, one game behind Seaside and a full game ahead of Valley Catholic. The top three teams are given automatic bids to postseason play.

And as though the season were on the line from the opening tip, it was bound to be as tightly fought and physical as the initial match up. Valley Catholic jumped out to a 9-6 lead, followed by a quick 11-2 run by Scappoose to take a 17-11 edge. The Valiants led by two in the closing moments, but Chase Johnson drove and dished to fellow senior Robby Backus, who spun in the paint and got a shot to fall just before the halftime buzzer to tie things at 23.

If the offense had sputtered through the first two quarters, it outright stalled in the third as both teams turned up the defensive pressure. Senior post Ethan Marcantonio knocked down a jumper to give the Indians a 29-25 edge, but Valley Catholic managed the final four points of the quarter to get within one headed to the fourth.

As the final period wore on, it became clear Scappoose had no interest setting up camp on offense against Valley Catholic's big, physical interior. Instead, the Indians ran on makes and misses alike — having plenty of chances via the latter. However, despite getting good looks close to the basket, nothing fell for Scappoose. In fact, the home side managed to grab a 33-32 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the game, but it was once again the road team's turn for a rally.

Scappoose closed the game on a 6-1 run, banking on defense and just enough free-throw shooting to survive. Brennen McNabb and Johnson each had ten points to lead Scappoose on offense, followed by eight points from Marcantonio.

The Indians' will next travel to Astoria to face the Fishermen on Friday evening at 7 p.m.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 39, Valley Catholic 34

SCAP 8 15 6 10 — 39

VLLY 9 14 5 7 — 34

Scoring: Wendelschafer 4, Backus 6, McNabb 10, Ford 1, Marcantonio 8, Johnson 10

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