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Indians boys' basketball reloading this summer

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians sophomore guard Jerad Toman lifts for a layup in Scappoose's 46-27 loss to Banks on Tuesday, June 7, at Banks High School. The Indians beat Yamhill-Carlton 51-29 in the earlier game for their first win of the summer.The Indians' boys' basketball youth movement is underway.

Scappoose beat Yamhill-Carlton 51-29 for its first win of the summer on Tuesday, June 7, at Banks High School, then fell 46-27 to Banks in the closer.

"I thought we did a great job of attacking," Indians sophomore guard Joey Wagenknecht said. "We need to work on boxing out because we will have a small team this year. We look to run on offense and look for our shots."

Scappoose attacked the basket and led Yamhill-Carlton 25-13 at the half. Banks led by eight at the break.

"I really liked the way our more experienced players ([sophomore guard Jerad Toman], Joey and [junior guard Tanner Kramer]) competed," said new Indians coach Weston Powers, an assistant before this summer. "They set the tone for the rest of the team."

Rahim Tufts, who coached the Indians to the 2015 state championship — their first in 42 years — accepted the head coaching job at Class 6A Sherwood.

Scappoose graduated guards Christian Oslin, Robert Lohman and Brennen McNabb, wings Gus Nelson and Mason Reardon and posts Ian Donaldson and Zach Cutburth after returning from the state title to fifth in Class 4A.

The Indians opened summer play at the Kelso (Wash.) tournament June 4-5.

"We lost to Woodland by about 10, Port Angeles by three, Columbia River by 15, and Kelso by 20," Powers said. "It's tough playing schools with double to triple your enrollment, but in the long run it will pay off playing against these tough teams once we get into our regular-season schedule."

Scappoose fared much better in Forest Grove on Sunday, June 12.

"The first game was against a really good North Bend team," Powers said. "They had three bigs over 6-foot-3, and they hurt us pretty good down low. They also had two crafty guards. They will have a really good squad next season. We clawed back and got it close in the second half and ended up losing by eight."

The Indians took on the host Vikings in game two.

"It's always tough playing 6A teams," Powers said. "They had great overall team shooting and probably hit 15-plus threes. They beat us by 18."

The closer, the best of all, was against Tufts and Sherwood.

"It was fun coaching against Rahim," Powers said. "The kids were really excited for the game, and we had a barn burner. It was back and forth all game, and a pretty funny game to watch as both teams were basically running the same offenses and had the same play calls."

The Indians needed overtime to seal a one-point win.

"[Sophomore center] William Cunningham hit a big 3 in regulation to put us up by one with eight seconds to go, then he hit a long two with his foot barely on the line in OT with three seconds left to put us up by one. The win was a great confidence booster for the kids. Beating a 6A school and their old coach will be a great memory to fall back on going into our bigger games in the regular season."

Scappoose is set to enter four games of round robin action in Seaside on Saturday and Sunday.