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CLUTCH CITY: Indians sink No. 2 Philomath

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Ian Donaldson's and-one put Scappoose ahead 62-59 with 33.7 seconds left on Tuesday in Philomath.These Indians thrive under pressure.

Ian Donaldson scored and sank a free throw with 33.7 seconds left sealed a 64-62 win on Tuesday in Philomath.

Scappoose (9-3 overall) scored its fifth win by six or fewer points.

“We’re closing out close games,” Indians coach Rahim Tufts said. “It’s awesome.”

Donaldson scored 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Robert Lohman went for 11 points, and Tanner Kramer and Joey Wagenknecht put in nine points each.

“We gave up 41 points in the second half,” returning Oregon West Conference Coach of the Year Blake Ecker said. “If you give up 40 points in the game, you’re thinking, ‘We did a pretty good job,’ but we have to get stops — we couldn’t stop them.”

Philomath (12-2) forced 20 Indians turnovers but committed 13.

Scappoose shot 73 percent, including nine 3-pointers, to Philomath’s 43 percent.

Junior forward and returning Oregon West second-teamer Cal Stueve kept the Warriors running with 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter. Junior guards Austin Gerding and Riley Davis put in 19 and 15 respective points.

Philomath picked Lohman and Toman’s pockets at halfcourt and kept Scappoose out of the paint, but Tanner Kramer and Joey Wagenknecht obliged with three respective 3-pointers.

The Indians matched the Warriors’ pace in the second quarter, and Nelson cleaned the glass for putbacks.

Donaldson got going in the fourth as Philomath could not match his physicality.

The Warriors were the top-ranked defending champions when they beat the No. 4 Indians 59-57 in overtime last year in Scappoose.

Philomath won the Oregon West Conference and lost to North Marion in the state semifinals. Scappoose finished North Marion for the championship.

The Indians lived up to their No. 8 ranking as they beat visiting Yamhill-Carlton 64-46 on Friday, Jan. 8.

Lohman led all scorers with 19 points as the Indians (8-3 overall) took over in the paint. Joey Wagenknecht swooped in for 12 points and Ian Donaldson came away with 12 points.

“I thought we played well, but the thing we need to work on is boxing out,” Lohman said.

Tigers 6-foot-3 junior post Hunter Horne scored 16 points for Yamhill-Carlton (4-8). Senior guard Tanner Myrick added 11 points.

“Once we got a lot more aggressive, we got in their heads and got them out of rhythm like coach said,” Wagenknecht said.

Scappoose bore down on the Tigers at the rim and made 17 of 23 free throws. Yamhill-Carlton finished 7-of-13.

“What really helped were offensive boards, and it helped our defense,” Boogie Davis said. “Tanner, Michael [Gift] and Joey really got into it. At our three-hour practice, we worked on defense the whole time.”

The Indians, winners of six in a row, rose to No. 6 on Wednesday and are scheduled to host Corbett at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Scappoose 64, Yamhill-Carlton 46

YC 16 8 12 10 -- 46

S 15 16 15 18 -- 64

YC -- Hunter Horne 16, Tanner Myrick 11, Mitchell Rabung 6, Michael Mitchell 6, Austin Ramsdell 5, Wyatt Garrison 2. Totals 18 7-13 46.

S -- Robert Lohman 19, Joey Wagenknecht 12, Ian Donaldson 12, Jerad Toman 6, Boogie Davis 6, Tanner Kramer 4, Michael Gift 3, Gus Nelson 2. Totals 21 17-23 64.

3-point goals -- YC 3 (Mitchell 2, Ramsdell); S 5 (Wagenknecht 2, Toman Lohman, Gift). Total fouls -- YC 20; S 17.

Scappoose 64, Philomath 62

S 14 9 26 15 -- 64

P 14 9 21 18 -- 62

S -- Ian Donaldson 24, Robert Lohman 11, Joey Wagenknecht 9, Tanner Kramer 9, Gus Nelson 4, Boogie Davis 4, Jerad Toman 3. Totals 25 5-7 64.

P -- Cal Stueve 21, Austin Gerding 18, Riley Davis 15, Casey Croy 5, Logan Williams 2, Kenan Conner 1. Totals 26 6-14 62.

3-point goals -- S 9 (Kramer 3, Wagenknecht 3, Lohman 2, Toman); P 4 (Gerding 2, Stueve, Davis). Total fouls -- S 13; P 14.