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Scappoose tied atop Cowapa League standings

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Boogie Davis (55) and Ian Donaldson (22) are two big reasons Scappoose is tied atop the Cowapa League.

The Indians are stronger than ever.

Christian Oslin, Robert Lohman, Gus Nelson, Mason Reardon and Brennen McNabb — out with a leg injury — remain from last year’s Class 4A state championship, but Scappoose looks to defend its Cowapa League title.

The sixth-ranked Indians (12-4 overall, 2-1) have beaten second-ranked Philomath, No. 7 Valley Catholic and No. 9 Astoria in the last three weeks.

“In practice we go really physical,” junior post Boogie Davis said. “We base everything on defense, and any time we come [to Valley Catholic] it’s a physical matchup. Ian finishes and Jerad Toman busts his body.”

Scappoose has won eight road games thus far.

The Indians were 13-4, 1-2 with losses to No. 2 Philomath and No. 4 Marshfield, and were 7-1 on the road by this time last year.

With Tuesday’s 61-54 defeat of the visiting Fishermen, Scappoose jumped into a three-way league lead with Astoria (12-5, 2-1) and No. 3 Seaside (14-2, 2-1).

The Indians face the Seagulls, the Valiants and the Fishermen again in their final seven league games.

Returning all-league Astoria senior post Justin Fruiht challenged Scappoose in the paint, but Ian Donaldson scored 15 of his 25 points in the first half and Davis had all nine of his points before the break.

The Indians reeled off a 21-6 third-quarter run as Joey Wagenknecht and Donaldson scored nine and eight respective points.

Jarrett’s two-handed dunk kept Astoria in the game at 55-47 with 3:13 left, but Lohman sank six of 10 free throws down the stretch to keep the Indians in front.

“Our last couple of practices have been our best,” said Lohman, a senior guard. “We’re being physical, and it’s always nice to have a win.”

Wagenknecht finished with 11 points and Lohman put in 10 points as Scappoose beat the Fishermen for the fifth time in as many contests.

Jarrett led Astoria with 20 points. Returning all-league junior guard Kyle Strange put in 17 points.

In Scappoose’s three-game Cowapa League rivalry with Valley Catholic, the road team has won each time.

The Indians wore out the seventh-ranked Valiants 53-48 on Friday, Jan. 22, in Beaverton.

Up 50-48 with a minute left, Donaldson drove into the key, was fouled and split a pair of free throws to put Scappoose ahead 51-48 with 31.9 seconds left.

Tanner Kramer sank two free throws to put the game on ice with 9.4 seconds to play.

“[The Indians] played to their strengths,” Valiants coach Joel Sobotka said. “We felt like we were playing from behind all night, and we turned the ball over and could never get settled. [Senior guard] Avery Jones and [junior guard] Daniel Hardy really competed, but it seemed like we could string shots together but couldn’t take the lead.”

Donaldson started early for Scappoose (11-4 overall, 1-1 Cowapa) with 11 of his 20 points in the first quarter. Davis, whose 3-pointer electrified the Indians crowd to end the third quarter, followed with 11 points.

Jones scored nine of his 12 points for Valley Catholic (10-5, 1-1) in the fourth. Senior guard Shankar Krishnakumar and junior guard Joey Braun both added eight points.

The Valiants won the Class 3A state championship in 2013 before joining the Cowapa League last year. Valley Catholic won 42-40 last season in Scappoose, then the Indians survived 39-35 in Beaverton.

“They’re the defending Class 4A champs, and they’ve been through these tough games,” Sobotka said.

Scappoose is scheduled to host Tillamook, from which the Indians have taken three of the last four meetings, at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Scappoose 53,

Valley Catholic 48

S 17 13 13 10 — 53

VC 13 12 13 10 — 48

S — Ian Donaldson 20, Boogie Davis 11, Tanner Kramer 8, Joey Wagenknecht 8, Robert Lohman 4, Christian Oslin 2. Totals 18 12-21 53.

VC — Avery Jones 12, Shankar Krishnakumar 8, Joey Braun 8, Andrew Plambeck 6, Vlad Katin 4, Jack Grasberger 4, Colin Haggerty 3, Daniel Hardy 2, Aidan Welsh 1. Totals 16 14-18 48.

3-point goals — S 5 (Kramer 2, Wagenknecht 2, Davis); VC 4 (Krishnakumar 2, Haggerty, Plambeck). Total fouls — S 16; VC 16.

Scappoose 61, Astoria 54

A 21 10 6 17 — 54

S 21 9 21 10 — 61

A — Derek Jarrett 20, Kyle Strange 17, Fridtjof Fremstad 5, Justin Fruiht 5, Ryan Palek 5, Jackson Arnsdorf 2. Totals 19 12-21 54.

S — Ian Donaldson 25, Joey Wagenknecht 11, Robert Lohman 10, Boogie Davis 9, Tanner Kramer 4, Gus Nelson 2. Totals 22 14-18 61.

3-point goals — A 4 (Strange 3, Jarrett); S 3 (Donaldson 2, Wagenknecht). Total fouls — A 19; S 18.