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Scappoose boys' hoops surges to fifth at state

Indians fall to Gladstone in Class 4A state third-/fifth-place game

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Scappoose senior forward Ian Donaldson (22) was the Indians' Moda Health Player of the Game in the OSAA Class 4A Boys' Basketball Third-/Fifth-Place Game and made the All-Tournament Team on Saturday at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.The sixth-ranked defending Class 4A state champion Indians gave a heck of an encore.

Led by seniors Ian Donaldson and Robert Lohman, Scappoose reached the third-/fifth-place game on Saturday, March 12, at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.

Six-foot-five senior post Skyler Bradford and No. 13 defending Tri-Valley Conference champion Gladstone took the contest, however, 64-48.

“I don’t think many people expected us to go that far,” said Lohman, a guard who returned this season with senior guards Christian Oslin and Brennen McNabb and senior wings Gus Nelson and Mason Reardon. “[McNabb, sidelined until Saturday with a broken leg suffered in the football state championship game] was one of the only juniors to make all-state [last season], and [sophomore guard Jerad Toman] got hurt.”

Tanner Kramer and Joey Wagenknecht hit 3-pointers as the Indians (20-9 overall) started fast against the Gladiators (18-9) and their sixth-ranked offense.

Donaldson, Lohman and junior post Boogie Davis flew to the rim but Bradford, an all-conference first-teamer, struck for seven of his 29 points in the first quarter.

Bradford proved deadly from inside and out as he drilled four 3’s in all.

Donaldson scored eight points in the final two minutes, but Gladstone’s zone defense protected its double-digit lead.

“Bren-nen, Bren-nen,” chanted the Scappoose faithful with 35 seconds left, and into the game came McNabb, who launched a pair of 3’s before the final horn.

Donaldson (21 points, seven rebounds, three assists) was the Indians’ Moda Health Player of the Game for the third time in as many nights and made the All-Tournament Team.

Bradford (29 points, eight rebounds, four assists) received the honor for the Gladiators. Six-foot-six senior post Nick Brown (seven rebounds) and senior guard Devin Neer both scored 11 points.

“Ending fifth is really good for our age and position,” said Wagenknecht, a sophomore guard who finished with 11 points. “We had lots of injuries, and people filled big roles in the playoffs. We lose a lot of size, but we’ll look forward to running, and we’ll have a lot of shooters.”

Davis and Lohman did all they could to save the Indians against No. 2 Cowapa League champion Seaside in the state semifinal on Friday, March 11, at Liberty High, but Seagulls senior wing Jaxson Smith made key free throws down the stretch.

Seaside (23-3) beat the Indians (20-8) for the third time this season, 56-48.

“They got a bunch of offensive boards in the fourth quarter, and we missed some really good looks,” Scappoose’s reigning Class 4A Coach of the Year Rahim Tufts said. “They have five starters back, and it’s really tough to beat them.”

Wagenknecht’s hot shooting from beyond the arc helped the Indians race out of the gate against the Seagulls’ second-ranked offense.

“We felt we played so well in the first quarter that we didn’t want to make changes,” Tufts said.

Davis cleaned the defensive glass as he and Donaldson scored at the rim, but Seaside outscored the Indians 11-5 in the second quarter and 17-12 in the fourth.

Smith scored, was fouled and sank a free throw to put the Seagulls up 48-42 with 1:45 left in regulation.

“If you’re down to them under two minutes, it’s going to be hard to climb back in,” Tufts said.

Davis made one of two free throws, but Smith made two more for a 50-43 lead with 52 seconds to go.

Davis’ tough put-back brought Scappoose to within five at 50-45 with 44.2 seconds to play, but two more Smith free throws had Seaside up 52-45 with 42.9 seconds left.

Lohman hit a 3 and the Indians trailed 52-48 with 24.3 seconds to go, but four more Smith free throws put an end to the comeback.

Donaldson, an all-Cowapa Leaguer with Lohman, came away with 20 points. Davis scored seven points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Smith (17 points), also an all-leaguer, was Seaside’s Player of the Game.

Seagulls 6-foot-5 all-league senior post Austin Eagon scored 12 points and corralled eight rebounds. Junior guard and Cowapa League Player of the Year Jackson Januik added eight points, nine rebounds and six assists. Junior guard and Cowapa League Defensive Player of the Year Hunter Thompson put in 10 points.

The Indians and Seagulls have split the last 10 meetings, but Scappoose won last year’s league championship and beat Seaside in the league tournament.

A single overtime wasn’t enough for the Indians and No. 3 Marshfield in their quarterfinals rematch on Thursday, March 10, at Liberty High.

Scappoose survived Marshfield 53-50 in double overtime after having bested the Pirates 56-53 last year in the very same round in the very same gym.

“It was a battle,” said Donaldson after the Indians improved to 5-0 in overtime games. “We played them way back in December [a Pirates win at the Les Schwab South Coast Holiday Tournament in Coos Bay] and they cancelled us out offensively. Talk about physicality.”

Six-foot-three senior post Rylee Trendell scored the first 12 points for the Far West League champion Pirates (24-3), but Davis patrolled the rim for empathic blocks and there wasn’t a loose ball that he didn’t chase.

Scappoose (20-7 overall) was in at the rim each time down the floor, but layups did not fall until Lohman scored and was fouled and Wagenknecht sank a pair of 3’s to help the Indians outscore the Pirates 14-7 in the second quarter and trail 19-17 at the half.

“I was pretty much getting triple-teamed, but Joey hit four 3’s and [junior guard Michael Gift] hit a three,” Donaldson said. “If it’s not open inside, our guys can make shots outside.”

Wagenknecht hit two more opportunistic 3’s against Marshfield’s second-ranked defense, and suddenly Scappoose led 32-25 through three quarters.

Lohman’s double-move layup put the Indians up 34-33 in the fourth, but Trendell’s lay-in claimed a 35-34 Pirates lead with 2:25 left.

Donaldson scored from the right on an inbound play and Scappoose was back up 36-35 with 2:03 to go.

Pirates senior guard Bo James Weatherston’s free throw tied it at 36-36 and Marshfield sat back for the final shot of regulation.

Senior guard Jake Miles’ jumper from the top of the key bounced three times above the rim and out, and the game went to overtime.

“This is what I love about playoff basketball,” Donaldson said. You saw [Miles’] shot at the end hit the front and back of the rim and come out.”

Lohman and Donaldson’s layups tied it up at 40-40 with 1:10 left in the extra frame.

This time the Indians held for the last shot before a sea of students and fans, but Donaldson’s heave from just inside the 3-point line fell short.

Donaldson scored and was fouled to put Scappoose up 43-40 with 3:30 left in the second overtime, but Miles sank a pair of free throws and the Pirates pulled to within one at 44-43 with 1:22 to go.

Lohman and Kramer hit two free throws each, but Trendell’s triple kept the Pirates alive, down 48-46, with 32.6 seconds left.

Lohman and Miles traded two free throws with 14.9 seconds to go, but two at the line from Wagenknecht and another from Kramer sealed Marshfield’s fate.

Wagenknecht was the Indians’ top scorer with 16 points. Donaldson added 15 points and six rebounds. Lohman put in 12 points.

Trendell was the Pirates’ Player of the Game with 26 points. Weatherston scored three points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

Scappooose also beat Crook County in the state play-in round and bounced Newport in the first round.

The Indians (53.3 points per game) unleashed the fourth-best Class 4A offense this season. They Indians notched wins over top-ranked Philomath — which beat Seaside for its third state championship and its second in three years on Saturday, March 12 — No. 8 Valley Catholic and ninth-ranked Astoria (which beat No. 5 Sky-Em league champion Cottage Grove for fourth in the state).

Scappoose has reached at least the first round of state in four of the last five years and graduates Donaldson, Lohman, Oslin, Nelson, McNabb, Reardon and senior post Zach Cutburth.

“Last year helped us a lot and taught us how to be in big games,” Lohman said. “A lot of us have been playing together since fourth or fifth grade. Coach Tufts does a great job of coaching kids up with clinics, and we believe in him and what he’s doing.”

Scappoose 53,

Marshfield 50 (2OT)

S 3 14 15 4 17 — 53

M 12 7 6 11 14 — 50

S — Joey Wagenknecht 16, Ian Donaldson 15, Robert Lohman 12, Michael 5, Tanner Kramer 3, Boogie Davis 2. Totals 16 16-22 53.

M — Rylee Trendell 26, Jake Miles 8, Kasey Banks 8, Malio Favalora 3, Bo James Weatherston 3. Vincent Tine 1, Justin Cooper 1. Totals 18 10-14 50.

3-point goals — S 5 (Wagenknecht 4, Michael Gift); M 4 (Banks 2, Favalora, Trendell). Total fouls -- S 17; M 22. Fouled out — Lohman, Trendell, Nick Minton. Moda Health Players of the Game — S: Donaldson; M: Trendell.

Seaside 56, Scappoose 48

SC 15 5 16 12 — 48

SE 12 11 16 17 — 56

SC — Ian Donaldson 20, Robert Lohman 10, Joey Wagenknecht 9, Boogie Davis 7, Gus Nelson 2. Totals 19 7-8 48.

SE — Jaxson Smith 17, Austin Eagon 12, Hunter Thompson 10, Jackson Januik 8, Zach Marston 5, Attikin Babb 4. Totals 19 14-18 56.

3-point goals — SC 3 (Lohman 2, Wagenknecht); SE 4 (Smith 2, Hunter Thompson 2). Total fouls — SC 14; SE 10. Moda Health Players of the Game — SC: Donaldson; SE: Jaxson Smith.

Gladstone 64,

Scappoose 48

G 16 10 21 17 — 64

S 10 12 11 15 — 48

G — Skyler Bradford 29, Nick Brown 11, Devin Neer 11, Lyric Warren 5, Bryce McNabb 4, Jordan Watts 2, Deion Fields 2. Totals 20 19-20 64.

S — Ian Donaldson 21, Joey Wagenknecht 11, Robert Lohman 6, Boogie Davis 3, Tanner Kramer 3, Mason Reardon 2, Michael Gift 2. Totals 19 3-10 48.

3-point goals — G 5 (Bradford 4, Neer 1); S 7 (Wagenknecht 3, Lohman 2, Donaldson, Kramer). Total fouls — G 15, S 18. Fouled out — McNabb. Moda Health Players of the Game — G: Bradford; S: Donaldson.