No. 8 Scappoose too much for No. 7 Valley Catholic
Ian Donaldson's 20 points spur Indians in Cowapa League upset
In Scappoose and Valley Catholic's three-game Cowapa League rivalry, the road team has won each time.
It always comes down to the wire.
The eighth-ranked Indians wore out the seventh-ranked Valiants 53-48 on Friday in Beaverton.
Leading 50-48 with a minute left, Ian Donaldson drove into the key, was fouled and split a pair of free throws to put the Indians ahead 51-48 with 31.9 seconds left.
Tanner Kramer sank two free throws to put the game on ice with 9.4 seconds to play.
"They're the defending Class 4A champs, and they've been through these tough games," Valley Catholic coach Joel Sobotka said.
Donaldson started early for Scappoose (11-4 overall, 1-1 Cowapa) with 11 of his 20 points in the first quarter. Boogie Davis followed with 11 points.
"In practice we go really physical," said Davis, a junior post, whose 3-pointer electrified the Indians to close the third quarter. "We base everything on defense, and any time we come here it's a physical matchup. Ian finished, and Jerad Toman busts his body [at the point]."
Senior guard Avery Jones scored nine of his 12 points for the Valiants (10-5, 1-1) in the fourth. Senior guard Shankar Krishnakumar and junior guard Joey Braun both added eight points.
"[The Indians] played to their strengths," Sobotka said. "We felt like we were playing from behind all night, and we turned the ball over and could never get settled. Avery Jones and [junior guard] Daniel Hardy really competed, but it seemed like we could string shots together but couldn't take the lead."
Scappoose has won eight road games this season, and only the Indians and top-ranked Philomath have beaten Valley Catholic at home thus far.
"Our last two practices have been our best," Indians senior guard Robert Lohman said. "We're being physical, and it's always nice to have a win."
Valley Catholic won the Class 3A state championship in 2013 before joining the Cowapa League. The Valiants won 42-40 last season in Scappoose, then the Indians survived 39-35 in Beaverton.
Scappoose, which rose to No. 6 with Friday's win, is scheduled to host ninth-ranked Astoria at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Valley Catholic, the new No. 10, plays at second-ranked Seaside at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Scappoose 53, Valley Catholic 48
S 17 13 13 10 53
VC 13 12 13 10 48
S Ian Donaldson 20, Boogie Davis 11, Tanner Kramer 8, Joey Wagenknecht 8, Robert Lohman 4, Christian Oslin 2. Totals 18 12-21 53.
VC Avery Jones 12, Shankar Krishnakumar 8, Joey Braun 8, Andrew Plambeck 6, Vlad Katin 4, Jack Grasberger 4, Colin Haggerty 3, Daniel Hardy 2, Aidan Welsh 1. Totals 16 13-18 48.
3-point goals S 5 (Kramer 2, Wagenknecht 2, Davis); VC 4 (Krishnakumar 2, Haggerty, Plambeck). Total fouls S 16; VC 16.