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Indians top Gulls in 2OTs; near title

Zach Smith hits off-balance shot at buzzer to clinch win


The Scappoose Indians trailed Seaside much of the night Friday, but came up big when they needed it most in a double overtime win, 50-48.

The Tribe’s Zach Smith hit an off-balance jumper over two defenders at the buzzer to break the deadlock and give the Indians the victory.

“It was a grind,” Scappoose Coach Rahim Tufts said of the game. “We were down the entire game. We battled back in the third, and then were down by four with three minutes to go in the fourth. We played great defense all night, forced turnovers and rebounded well.”

The Tribe tied the game in regulation and Seaside missed a shot with 15 seconds left. Scappoose then headed down the court but the referee blew an “inadvertent whistle.” The Indians still got off a decent shot but it didn’t fall. Both teams ran time off the clock in the first overtime. In the second overtime Seaside went ahead, but Paul Revis sank two free throws to tie the game again. Chris Tinning took a pass from Smith and got off another good shot, but it fell short.

Tufts said Smith took his winning shot in the final seconds from the top of the key off-balance and fading away.

“Everybody contributed in the game, whether it was a rebound or free throw. Paul Revis had 14 points. Chris Tinning got his hands on a bunch of balls. Mitch Davis played well. Every single guy contributed and we played 10 guys,” Tufts said.

The game was a critical one for Scappoose. Coupled with Tillamook’s upset of Yamhill-Carlton the Indians find themselves all alone in first place by two games. The Tribe has just two games remaining in league this week—YC and Astoria—and will clinch the league title with a win in either.

Tufts noted that Scappoose was still low in the rankings after a slow start to the season, but was 10-3 in their last 13 games. Despite being 7-1 in league play, the Indians are still ranked behind Astoria, Seaside, and YC. They’ll probably not get a home game due to their ranking, but if they win league they will skip the play-in round and have a playoff game on March 1.

He said the YC game on Tuesday was important. “The game will come down to defense. We want to cut down on their penetration and rebounding. Offensively, we’ve been playing well at home.”

The Tribe started the week with a win Tuesday. The Indians didn’t dispatch last-place Banks as quickly as they might have liked, but they did come up with the victory.

The Tribe was on top after one, but let Banks back in the contest and trailed by two at halftime. A 12-6 third quarter that included threes from Tinning and Ryan Henness put Scappoose back on top. The Indians clinched the game at the free throw line where they were a perfect 14 for 14. The Tribe’s leading scorer, Smith, hit all 10 of his free throws and had 16 points. Kyle Kramer was four for four at the line and was also in double digits with 10 points.

Scoring:

Scappoose 50, Seaside 48

Scappoose 8 11 15 10 2 4—50

Seaside 10 13 13 8 2 2—48

Scappoose (50)—Zach Smith 15, Paul Revis 14, Davis 7, Stanton 4, Tinning 3, Henness 3, Scruggs 2, Hanson 2, Loss, Kramer.

Seaside (48)—Aaron Tadei 15, Lucas Clark 10, Farmer 9, Wallace 6, Richardson 4, Hague 3, Johansson 1, Parker.

Scappoose 50, Banks 41

Scappoose 16 6 12 16—50

Banks 11 13 6 11—41

Scappoose (50)—Zach Smith 16, Kyle Kramer 10, Tinning 6, Revis 6, Stanton 4, Henness 3, Hanson 2, Johnson 2, Davis 1, Scruggs.

Banks (41)—Garrett Markham 12, Tommy Blatner 10, Barger 9, Streblow 4, King 4, Sahnow 3, Vandehey, Hill.

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