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Boys' Basketball: Indians rally to beat Yamhill-Carlton

Scappoose scores the first 10 of the third period to take a lead, and held on down the stretch


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Indian sophomore Brennen McNabb drives to the basket for his only bucket of the game. Scappoose has won their last three league contests after dropping the opener to Tillamook.After falling in a tough contest to Tillamook in the league opener, Scappoose has been perfect, winning three in a row, including a 60-55 victory over Yamhill-Carlton on Friday night. The Indians (10-8, 3-1 Cowapa) are now alone in second place in the Cowapa League behind Tillamook, whom they will face on Feb. 7.

The Tigers, who are the highest scoring team in the league at nearly 60 points a game, got off to a solid start, jumping out to an eight point lead after the first quarter. By halftime, Scappoose hadn't made much of an inroad, still struggling on offense and finding it difficult to stop 6-foot-three Tiger forward Zach Rhodes.

In the second half, the Indians came out with a renewed defensive intensity, forcing turnovers and scoring on the break. Scappoose went on a huge run to start the third quarter, scoring the first ten points of the period to take a quick lead. That ended up being the difference, as Scappoose outscored the Tigers by ten to take a 43-40 lead heading to the final quarter, and held on down the stretch.

Rhodes put up 14 points for the Tigers, followed by 11 points from senior guard Conner Weidner.

Junior Chase Johnson got back to his high-scoring ways, netting 23 points in the win for Scappoose. Mitch Davis finished with 15 points, and Wendelschafer had 11.

Scappoose will travel to Astoria to face the Fishermen for their next contest on Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 60, Yamhill-Carlton 55

YMHL18 11 11 15 – 55

SCAP 10 12 21 17 – 60

Yamhill-Carlton (55): Rhodes 14, Weidner 11, Renteria 8, Clark 8, Sullivan 12, Queirolo 2, Myrick, Bernards.

Scappoose (60): Scruggs, Backus 4, Loss 2, Davis 15, Johnson 23, Ford, O’Brien, Marcantonio 1, Wendelschafer 11, Sprute 2, McNabb 2.