Scappoose boys look to upset chance against Banks
The path to the Cowapa League boys basketball championship includes a stop at Scappoose.
The Indians, who knocked off third-ranked Seaside in their most recent home game, will play host to top-ranked Banks at 7:30 p.m. Friday before closing out their home slate with a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday visit from sixth-ranked Valley Catholic.
Banks will arrive at Scappoose after suffering its first loss of the season, a 55-42 setback on Tuesday at Valley Catholic. The Braves (6-1 in Cowapa play, 20-1 overall) are still in first place. Valley Catholic and Seaside (both 5-2 in league) are tied for second and meet Friday at Seaside High School.
Scappoose (2-5 in Cowapa play, 9-11 overall) is fifth in the six-team league. But the Indians have won two consecutive home games, including a thrilling 48-45 victory over Seaside on Feb. 2.
A Tuesday loss at Tillamook prevented Scappoose from climbing into fourth place, but with a two-game lead on Astoria, the Indians are in position to make the league playoffs.
And the Indians experienced playoff conditions in posting their first win over the Gulls in more than three years.
"I was really pleased with our defense. We did a good job guarding the ball," Scappoose coach Weston Powers said, noting that he liked his team's decision-making and shot selection against Seaside.
The winning points came from the free-throw line in the final minute. First, Chris Bendle hit two foul shots to make it 47-45 Indians after he was fouled on a cut to the basket.
Then, after a Seaside miss, Bradley Verbout sank 1 of 2 foul shots for the three-point margin.
After Scappoose used fouls to disrupt Seaside's final possession, the Gulls were left to try a desperation 3-pointer that missed.
Bendle, despite suffering a split chin late in the game, scored a team-high 20 points to lead Scappoose. The senior guard made all eight of his free throws and also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.
The Indians lost senior wing Joey Wagenknecht midway through the third quarter when he crashed to the floor and hit his head. Wagenknecht had eight points, five rebounds and two steals before the injury. He is in concussion protocol and doing well, according to Powers, who hopes to his team leader back for the final home game of the season on Tuesday.
Jerad Toman had six points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals against Seaside. Also scoring in the win over the Gulls were Logan Travis (four points), Connor McNabb (three), Verbout (three), Jake Boyle (two) and Nate Maller (two).
Seaside came to Scappoose without two of its top scorers, Chris Januik and Beau Johnson. Both returned for the Gulls' win over rival Astoria on Tuesday. Ryan Hague had 18 points and Payton Westerholm 16 points to lead Seaside against Scappoose.
Tillamook 75, Scappoose 61
Timely 3-point shooting helped the Cheesemakers — who scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter — take control of a close game on Tuesday in Tillamook.
Bendle scored 27 points to pace the Indians, Tommy McKedy scored 10 points, Toman nine, McNabb six, Travis five and Maller four.
But Scappoose couldn't match the hot hand of Tillamook guards Ian Collett (33 points) and Anthany Taylor (18) who combined to hit five 3-pointers.