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Fifth-ranked Indians fall to vengeful No. 10 Valley Catholic

Valiants repay Jan. 22's 53-48 loss in Beaverton


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior wing Gus Nelson (10) defends against Valley Catholic junior guard Aiden Welsh (3).Valley Catholic's resolve was too strong.

The fifth-ranked Indians trailed 23-8 after a quarter and could not pull off a comeback on Tuesday in Scappoose.

The No. 10 Valiants scrambled to a 61-45 win.

"They pushed really well after stops," Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts said. "They punched us in the mouth and we really responded, but we didn't hit shots in key moments. I said, 'Don't worry about fouls,' but we were just shocked in the first quarter."

All four games in the series have gone to the visitor since Valley Catholic (13-7 overall, 4-3 Cowapa League) joined the Cowapa League last year.

The Valiants won 42-40 last season in Scappoose, then the Indians survived 39-35 in Beaverton.

Tuesday avenged Scappoose's 53-48 road win from three weeks ago.

Senior guard Avery Jones led Valley Catholic's fast break charge and outpaced Scappoose to a 23-8 lead after a quarter. Junior guard and returning all-league honorable mention Colin Haggerty scored 12 points in the first half.

Ian Donaldson and Boogie Davis sparked the Indians (14-6, 4-3) for 12 points each, but 14 Scappoose turnovers kept the Valiants in front.

Senior guard Shankar Krishnakumar spurred Valley Catholic with 14 points. Sophomore guard Andrew Plambeck and 6-foot-5 sophomore post Ben Robbins both scored 11 points.

"We are proud of you, said we are proud of you," chanted the Indians student section in the final seconds.

Scappoose also fell 54-41 to No. 3 Seaside on Friday, Feb. 5.

Seagulls 6-foot-5 senior post and returning all-league honorable mention Austin Eagon punished the Indians with 25 points. Senior wing Jaxson Smith, also a returning all-leaguer, added 15 points as Seaside (16-3, 4-2) outscored the Indians 31-15 in the second half.

Robert Lohman scored a team-high 16 points for Scappoose (14-5, 4-2).

The Indians, however, have won five of the last seven against the Seagulls.

Scappoose, the new No. 7, stands third in the league and can gain ground with a win at league-leading No. 8 Astoria (16-5, 6-1) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Indians, who have won the last five games in the series, beat the Fishermen 61-54 on Jan. 26 in Scappoose.

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Seaside 54,

Scappoose 41

SC 11 15 11 4 — 41

SE 12 11 17 14 — 54

SC — Robert Lohman 16, Ian Donaldson 8, Joey Wagenknecht 6, Boogie Davis 4, Zach Cutburth 3, Jerad Toman 3, Mason Reardon 1. Totals 13 11-15 41.

SE — Austin Eagon 25, Jaxson Smith 15, Jackson Januik 6, Hunter Thompson 6, Michael Lewis 2. Totals 21 9-15 54.

3-point goals — SC 4 (Wagenknecht 2, Cutburth, Toman); SE 3 (Smith, Januik, Thompson). Total fouls — SC 20; SE 14.

Valley Catholic 61,

Scappoose 45

VC 23 14 10 14 — 61

S 8 16 9 12 — 45

VC — Shankar Krishnakumar 14, Colin Haggerty 12, Andrew Plambeck 11, Ben Robbins 11, Avery Jones 6, Daniel Hardy 3, Joey Braun 2, Aiden Nelson 2. Totals 24 7-14 61.

S — Ian Donaldson 12, Boogie Davis 12, Robert Lohman 7, Joey Wagenknecht 6, Tanner Kramer 4, Gus Nelson 2, Jerad Toman 2. Totals 15 13-20 45.

3-point goals — VC 6 (Krishnakumar 3, Haggerty, Plambeck, Robbins); S 2 (Wagenknecht 2). Total fouls — VC 18; S 14. Fouled out — Nelson.