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No. 6 Indians silence Newport in Class 4A state first-rounder

Scappoose outscores Cubs 36-14 in second half, will face No. 3 Marshfield in quarterfinals on Thursday

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - The sixth-ranked Indians rallied to a 60-44 defeat of Newport in the first round of the OSAA Class 4A Boys' Basketball State Championships on Saturday in Scappoose.In a flash, the Indians were back on top.

Sixth-ranked Scappoose rallied to a 60-44 win over visiting Newport in the first round of the OSAA Class 4A Boys' Basketball State Championships on Saturday.

The Indians (19-7 overall), winners of five in a row, advance to face No. 3 Far West League champion Marshfield (24-2) in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.

The game will air live at http://www.osaa.org/radio-network/2646.

With a win, the Indians will face Thursday's No. 2 Seaside/No. 7 Astoria winner at 8:15 p.m. on Friday at Liberty High.

The state championship game is 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at Liberty High.

Scappoose fell at home to the Pirates early last season but took revenge in the quarterfinals for its fourth state championship, the first since its Class AA title in 1973.

The Pirates beat Scappoose 48-36 at the Les Schwab South Coast Holiday tournament on Dec. 19 in Coos Bay.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians all-Cowapa League senior forward Ian Donaldson (22) led Scappoose with 18 points in Saturday's 60-44 OSAA Class 4A Boys' Basketball State Championships first-round win on Saturday in Scappoose."I think we can win the championship, but it's one possession at a time," said Indians all-Cowapa League senior forward Ian Donaldson, who scored 11 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter on Saturday.

The Newport student section was noisy, especially after making the 155-mile trip, and willed its Cubs (14-12) to a 10-6 lead midway through the first.

Senior returning all-Oregon West first-teamer Brendan Thurber-Blaser and returning senior honorable mention Dennis Lancaster kept the Indians on their heels at the rim, but it was Donaldson and Robert Lohman to the rescue.

Lohman's tough layup, Tanner Kramer's jumper, Joey Wagenknecht's 3-pointer and Boogie Davis' putback tied the game at 22-22 just before halftime as Newport cooled off from downtown.

"We went to a 2-3 zone to get out on their shooters," said Rahim Tufts, Scappoose's defending Class 4A coach of the Year. "We wanted to get the ball out of [Thurber-Blaser's] hands."

As quick as the Cubs were, Lohman's triple from the top of the arc brought the game to 34-34 midway through the third.

Six-foot-five Newport junior Will Beaudry kept entry passes from Donaldson, but Donaldson's lay-in, Davis' put-back and Kramer's teardrop layup had the Indians up 46-41 with five minutes left in regulation.

"We out-rebounded them," Tufts said. "They were aggressive early, we were aggressive late and we were grinding, grinding, grinding."

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians junior guard Tanner Kramer (3) scored 10 points against Newport in the first round of the OSAA Class 4A Boys' Basketball Championships on Saturday in Scappoose.Donaldson's lefty up-and-under layup put Scappoose up 50-44 with 2:40 left, and the Cubs drew no closer.

Lohman put in 12 points and Tanner Kramer and Boogie Davis added 10 points each.

Thurber-Blaser scored eight points in the second quarter and finished with 17 points. Lancaster scored eight of his 10 points in the first.

The Indians made 22 of 40 free throws as Thurber-Blaser, Lancaster and junior Colton Blaser fouled out.

Newport made 13 of 20 from the line.

Marshfield, for which the Indians have a short week to prepare, has beaten fourth-ranked North Marion, fifth-ranked Cottage Grove twice, seventh-ranked Junction City and eighth-ranked Valley Catholic.

The Indians have beaten No. 1 Philomath, Valley Catholic and ninth-ranked Astoria.

The Pirates allow an average of 39 points per contest and Scappoose yields an average of 51 points.

Six-foot-three Marshfield senior post Rylee Trendell is a returning all-Far West first-teamer, senior guard Jake Miles was a second-teamer, senior guard Justin Cooper was an honorable mention and all-defensive teamer, and Doug Miles was co-Coach of the Year.

"They have bigs and guards, and they're a very tough team," Tufts said. "They're very well coached."

The Pirates, who beat Mollala 49-28 in the first round on Friday, won Class A state championships in 1947 and 1953.

The Indians beat Crook County 58-50 in the play-in round on Feb. 27 in Scappoose.

"Our guys never had a look of fear in their eyes," Tufts said. "We celebrate each other's success. We never give up, and we stick together."

Scappoose 60, Newport 44

N 17 13 10 4 -- 44

S 8 16 12 24 -- 60

N -- Brendan Thurber-Blaser 17, Dennis Lancaster 10, Kye Blaser 5, Will Beaudry 5, Tyler Hanrahan 4, Colton Blaser 2, Samuel Imbler-Bemner 1. Totals 14 13-20 44.

S -- Ian Donaldson 18, Robert Lohman 12, Tanner Kramer 10, Boogie Davis 10, Joey Wagenknecht 6, Michael Gift 2, Gus Nelson 2. Totals 18 22-40 60.

3-point goals -- N 3 (Lancaster 2, Blaser); S 2 (Lohman, Wagenknecht). Total fouls -- N 20; S 18. Fouled out -- Lancaster, Thurber-Blaser, Blaser.