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Boys basketball: Scappoose completes seven-mile war sweep with 55-45 win

Scappoose gets a balanced scoring effort to top St. Helens in the opener

Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Jacob Wendelschafer streaks in for a layup in the second quarter of the Indians' 55-45 victory over St. Helens in the season opener for both teams.Scappoose head coach Rahim Tufts laid out the simple plan for their season in the days before the grind began: defend, rebound and run. The Indians got plenty of all three in their opener against St. Helens, getting off to a hot start and holding on for a 55-45 victory over the Lions in the seven-mile war.

The Indians scored the first five points of the game and led 16-9 after one period. Scappoose clamped down even tighter on defense in the second quarter, holding St. Helens to just five points to take an 11-point lead into halftime.

The challenge for the visiting Lions, who won last years match up on the backs of seniors Corey West and Tanner Long, was time — or lack thereof. Scott Archer, coaching in his first game for St. Helens, said the Lions had managed to install less than a quarter of their offense before hitting the floor. The results showed as St. Helens' offensive struggles continued through the third quarter.

Nothing a little pushing and shoving between rivals can't solve.

In the final period, St. Helens finally began to hit from the outside, getting two treys from senior Ryne Poorman and one from Kyle Ruege to get within nine points late in the game. Scappoose responded and pushed their lead back out to 15 before closing out for the 10-point victory.

“Our guys had a lot of poise. We didn't get rattled,” said Tufts. “We turned it over a lot, but it wasn't out of being rattled or being flustered. It's just, first game, game was fast. Having to slow ourselves down, having quick stops and ball fakes — we didn't do a good job of that, but our guys were level headed the whole time.”

Archer was equally impressed. After tryouts, he'd seen his players in just 14 practices and was pleased with the way the team handled the energy from the fans.

“They came in probably the toughest environment we will see all season in terms of emotion — there'll be some gyms that are pretty packed and loud — but they came in here and they didn't back down,” Archer said. “And those shots will go in. Overall, a very positive experience and I wouldn't want to have it any other way.”

The only change he'd like to see is in the scheduling, a move which would pitt the rivals against one another a few games into the schedule rather than in the opener. The mistakes on both sides had as much to do with jitters and unfamiliarity as much as the speed of play. Both teams like to get out and run, with the balanced and free-flowing nature of both offenses giving way to a high-scoring final quarter. The miscues will fade with time, Tufts said, as the team continues to polish off the rough spots.

“We wanted to go, and we want to run and try to get our bigs to the paint,” Tufts said. “We want to play at that pace because I think we can rebound and do that. We just turned it over too much, but that's okay. First game, and we didn't shoot great. That's alright too. It was an awesome atmosphere, both teams played their hearts out.”

Ruege had 11 points to lead the Lions, cashing in on a seven-point fourth quarter. Scappoose had two players in double figures in addition to Ian Donaldson's team-high 11 points; 10 for guard Jacob Wendelschafer on six-of-ten shooting at the foul line, and 10 points for forward Chase Johnson.

Both teams will be back in action on Dec. 9, as Scappoose travels to Estacada and St. Helens hosts Tillamook.

This article will be updated.


Scappoose 55, St. Helens 45

STHE 09 5 6 25 — 45

SCAP 16 9 8 22 — 55


STHE — Helgerson 9, Poorman 8, Ruege 11, Mulcahy 9, Bumgardner 2, Alcazar, Roxey 5

SCAP — Wendelschafer 10, Backus 4, Lohman 3, McNabb 8, Donaldson 11, Marcantonio 9, Johnson 10