Basketball team thumps Taft; comes back to beat Glads
by: John Brewington HIGH SCORER–Scappoosse’s Blake Updike scored 22, 16, 25, and 30 points in four games last week. The Indians won three of those.

The Scappoose Indians did everything they needed to do last Friday and Saturday to win a four-team basketball tournament at Gladstone.

The Indians breezed by Taft on Friday night, 77-44, and then came from a first-half deficit on Saturday to overpower Gladstone, 74-62.

Tribe coach Rahim Tufts was pleased with the effort against Taft. 'We jumped on them with full court pressure. I'm really happy with the energy we had and the defensive pressure,' he said.

Blake Updike scored 25 to lead Scappoose and Zach Smith contributed 17. Each had two threes in the 24-6 first period. Smith would have five threes for the game, Updike three and Shawn Moffett two.

The next night, Scappoose fell behind Gladstone in the early going and were down 32-26 at the halftime break.

'They were in a zone. We got good looks but were not really attacking and not getting up the middle. Our defense was fine,' Tuft said.

'At halftime,' he added, 'I told them 'this is what we need to do to be successful.' We've got to get the ball to the middle and attack the zone. They listened and once we did that the buckets started falling. We picked up the full court pressure, the game sped up, we created some turnovers, and started getting some transition baskets.'

He said, 'Blake (Updike) did a great job of attacking the rim and being aggressive.'

Updike would lead everyone with 30 points, giving him 55 over two nights. Smith added 21.

Tuft said he's happy with the Indians' 5-2 record in pre-season play. They are currently ranked 10th in the Oregon School Activities Association power rankings.

'We've talked about being successful and doing the things we need to do well. If we get better in our eyes the wins will take care of themselves,' he said. 'We'll continue doing that and getting better.'

The Indians were scheduled for three games at Willamette University in Salem Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Those games have been moved to The Hoop in Salem. Scappoose plays at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. each of the next two nights. They face 5A Springfield on Tuesday, Columbia River (Vancouver, Wash.) Wednesday, and Kelso on Thursday.

'It'll be a good test,' Tufts said, 'all three schools are quite a bit bigger (than Scappoose).

The team is at North Marion on Jan. 3 and then hosts La Salle in their next home game on Jan. 6. La Salle is currently 6-1 and ranked 5th by the OSAA.


Scappoose 77, Taft 44

Taft 6 11 13 14-44

Scappoose 24 22 17 14-77

Taft (44)- Brent Martin 19, Eastman 5, Williams 5, Lahti 5, T. Lopez 4, Lopez 4, Butler 2.

Scappoose (77)- Blake Updike 25, Zach Smith 17, Moffett 10, Karp 7, Nelson 6, Kramer 4, Senn 2, Stutzer 2, Revis 2, Raya 2, Henness, Loss, Padgett.

Scappoose 74, Gladstone 62

Scappoose 14 12 26 22-74

Gladstone 21 11 16 14-62

Scappoose (74)- Blake Updike 30, Zach Smith 21, Raya 6, Stutzer 5, Nelson 4,Henness 2, Moffett 2, Karp 2, Revis 2, Padgett. Senn.

Gladstone (62)- Ryan Shephard 26, Webster 12, Highland 8, Orr 5, Browning 4, Runyan 3, Williams 2, Stout 2.

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