Joey Wagenknecht, Chris Bendle, No. 5 Scappoose boys' basketball catch fire against Madras
The Indians opened 10-0 against Madras and soared to their most points in three years at home Tuesday.
Joey Wagenknecht's 3-pointers and Chris Bendle's transition hustle helped Scappoose beat the White Buffaloes for the second time in three years, 90-73.
"We got up and down the court a lot, and it was a high intensity game from start to finish," said Wagenknecht, a senior guard who scored 21 points as Bendle, also a senior guard, came away with 34 points.
The offensive performance was the Indians' best since they beat host Yamhill-Carlton 80-69 on the way to the 2014-15 Class 4A championship.
"I was pleased with the way we scored the ball," Tribe coach Weston Powers said. "Bendle and Wagenknecht both had it going, and [Jerad] Toman did a great job setting his teammates up with great looks."
Bradley Verbout's quick passes to Logan Travis caught the White Buffaloes (0-1 overall) flat-footed in the paint and, though Madras flexed a full-court press and senior post Kanim Smith and junior guard Byron Patt turned turnovers into layups.
"They rattled us a little bit with their full court pressure and we had far too many turnovers," Powers said. "That being said, it is still very early in the season and, with two games down, we know what we need to be working on in practice."
The Tribe (1-1) nevertheless led 24-12 after a quarter.
"I thought it was fun to play in a high-scoring game, since there are not that many games like that," Bendle said.
The Indians are scheduled next to play at North Marion (0-2) and all-Oregon West Conference talents Trevor Ensign (a 6-foot-8 senior forward), Bryce Lemon (a senior guard) and Grant Henry (a junior guard) at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Aurora.
Scappoose will also welcome Waverley College of New South Wales, Australia, at 2 p.m. Saturday.
"They will be touring the state and playing Clatskanie on Friday and us on Saturday," Powers said. "Then they are going to attend the Blazers-Rockets game Saturday night."
1. Corbett (2-0)
2. North Bend (1-1)
3. Henley (2-1)
4. Sisters (1-0)
5. Scappoose (1-1)