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Boys basketball: Scappoose tied for second in league after win in Astoria

Wendelschafer, McNabb lead Scappoose to win over Fishermen


Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose senior Jake Ford cuts to the hoop during the Indians' 54-41 win over Astoria on Friday, Feb. 13.Scappoose certainly saved their best for last on Friday evening in Astoria. The Indians, leading 34-33 heading to the final quarter, outscored Astoria 20-8 down the stretch to win going away. Senior Jacob Wendeschafer and junior Brennan McNabb combined for 27 points as Scappoose pulled away to beat Astoria 54-41.

The win moves Scappoose into a tie with Tillamook, their Tuesday evening opponent, for second in the league standings behind Seaside.

Both teams traded runs throughout the first half, with Scappoose scoring two buckets in a row to take a 14-9 lead late in the initial period. Their lead was seven midway through the second quarter, but Astoria struck back and cut it to 19-17 with three minutes gone in the second quarter. Three minutes later, Astoria tied the game at 21 as shots — good shots — continued to clang off the rim for Scappoose.

The Indians went on to score the final four points of the half, but Astoria answered with a rally to begin the second half and tied the game at 25.

Astoria got four free throw attempts in the final 90 seconds of the third period, the final two coming after the buzzer on a lose-ball foul, and cut a four-point lead to just one. 21 seconds into the fourth quarter, Astoria reached the double bonus, taking advantage of heavy foul trouble for Scappoose.

With shots not falling, the Indians once again went back to their calling card — defense. A steal and fast-break bucket from McNabb gave Scappoose a little breathing room early in the period, and the lead reached double digits on a pair of free throws from senior Chase Johnson. With two minutes to go, McNabb hit two free throws to all but seal the Scappoose victory.

The Indians will tip off with Tillamook at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17, following the girls' game at 5:30 p.m.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 54, Astoria 41

SCAP 14 11 9 20 — 54

ASTO 10 11 12 8 — 41

Scoring: Wendelschafer 14, Lohman 3, McNabb 13, Ford 6, Marcantonio 8, Johnson 10

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