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Kramer's buzzer beater saves No. 7 Indians

Dalton Renne's two free throws put Banks up 52-50 with 15 seconds left

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Tanner Kramer hit a 3-pointer as time expired in Scappoose's 53-52 escape on Tuesday in Banks.With two seconds left, all Tanner Kramer could do was catch and shoot.

The junior’s 3-pointer in front of the seventh-ranked Indians’ bench swished a 53-52 miracle on Tuesday in Banks.

“The play was to go to Ian [Donaldson] on a roll, or Joey [Wagenknecht] who had screens in the back,” said Kramer, who came away with nine points. “In the huddle I had a good feeling that Joey or Ian was going to knock down the shot. I thought I’d tied the game — I didn’t think it was a 3.”

Sophomore wing Dalton Renne’s pair of free throws put the Braves (10-9 overall, 2-3 Cowapa League) up 49-48 with 1:06 left, but Gus Nelson sank two at the line and put the Indians (14-4, 4-1) back up 50-49 at 56.3 seconds.

Kramer missed the first free throw of a one-and-one, but Banks senior post Tyler Kemper’s lane violation erased his own 1-and-1 with 28 seconds to go.

Renne scored at the rim, was fouled and hit the extra point to put the Braves up 52-50 after Banks picked Scappoose’s inbound pass with 15 seconds left.

Kramer’s trey went in as time expired and the Indians piled on him in midcourt celebration.

“We’ll take it, we’ll take it,” Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts said. “Every league game is a battle because we’re in the best league in the state. We had the ball and turned it over, but we were very fortunate to survive.”

Donaldson led the Indians with 25 points, and Wagenknecht added 10 points.

Renne was everywhere for 10 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-2 Kemper and 6-foot-4 freshman post Blake Gobel got Scappose into early foul trouble, but only Jerad Toman fouled out.

The Indians have taken four of the last five games from Banks.

It was a much easier time on Friday, Jan. 29, as Scappoose rebounded visiting Tillamook into 67-56 submission.

The Indians (13-4, 3-1) held the Cheesemakers (5-11, 0-4) to five points in the second quarter, then outscored them 23-14 in the third.

“I don’t know how it goes in,” said Scappoose junior post Boogie Davis, who scored nine points. “Tufts just lets us have fun. We’re all about staying together, and we know we can compete with anyone. “

Donaldson, who led all scorers with 28 points, beat the halftime buzzer with a jumper from just inside the right of the arc and soared with his Indians teammates off the court and into the locker room.

Tillamook junior wing Jacob Berge and senior post Riley Maloney led the Cheesemakers with 19 and 15 respective points but could not stop Donaldson and Davis, who blocked shots and abused Tillamook beneath the rim.

Donaldson came up with 11 points in the third quarter, and the Indians’ 51-43 lead at the start of the fourth quarter was their biggest of the night.

Robert Lohman scored 10 points and caught the Cheesemakers napping with a pair of alley-oops. His layup kept the Indians ahead 55-50 with 3:40 left in the evening.

Toman, who scored nine points, sank a triple and three free throws as the Indians hung on from there.

“Everybody has a chance to come in: Joey, especially Jerad, and Ian always has a game,” Davis said.

The Cheesemakers launched 3-pointers throughout the evening and made five.

Scappoose hit 18 of 27 free throws as Cheesemaker junior posts Seth Rumage and Jaxsen Johnson and senior guard Christian Mendez fouled out.

The Indians have beaten Tillamook in four of the last five meetings.

Scappoose is tied with Astoria (14-5, 4-1) atop the Cowapa League and is scheduled to play at No. 3 Seaside at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Seagulls got away with a 59-56 win on Jan. 19 in Scappoose.

The Indians have won five of the last seven in the series.

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Scappoose 67,

Tillamook 56

T 22 5 14 15 — 56

S 18 12 23 14 — 67

T — Jacob Berge 19, Riley Maloney 15, Seth Rumage 6, Christian Mendez 6, Kaley Moore 6, Ben Oldenkamp 4. Totals 18 15-19 56.

S — Ian Donaldson 28, Robert Lohman 10, Boogie Davis 9, Jerad Toman 9, Joey Wagenknecht 5, Tanner Kramer 4, Michael Gift 2. Totals 23 18-27 67.

3-point goals — T 5 (Berge 2, Mendez 2, Moore); S 3 (Toman 2, Wagenknecht). Total fouls — T 18; S 19. Technical fouls — Rumage. Fouled out — Rumage, Mendez, Jaxsen Johnson.

Scappoose 53, Banks 52

S 13 13 14 13 — 53

B 11 14 13 14 — 52

S — Ian Donaldson 25, Joey Wagenknecht 10, Tanner Kramer 9, Robert Lohman 7, Gus Nelson 2. Totals 19 12-15 53.

B — Dalton Renne 20, Tyler Kemper 9, Blake Gobel 8, Jake Evans 5, Ian Hutchins 4, David Schoen 3, Emmy Carrizales 2, Kylan Taylor 1. Totals 19 13-22 52.

3-point goals — S 3 (Wagenknecht 2, Kramer); B 1 (Evans). Total fouls — S 18; B 15. Fouled out — Jerad Toman.