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Indians will host Crook County in Class 4A state play-in at 5 p.m. on Saturday; Valiants play at La Grande at 6 p.m. on Saturday



SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior Ian Donaldson's up-and-under with 6.3 seconds left in overtime helped No. 6 Scappoose beat No. 8 Valley Catholic 58-54 for the third Cowapa League seed on Tuesday at Clatskanie Middle/High School.It took overtime to snatch the third Cowapa League seed from eighth-ranked Valley Catholic on Tuesday.

Ian Donaldson's up-and-under with 6.3 seconds left in extra time helped the No. 6 Indians survive 58-54 at Bryan Linn Court at Clatskanie Middle/High School.

Scappoose (17-7 overall, 6-4 Cowapa) will begin its Class 4A state title defense with a home play-in game against Crook County (12-12, 5-5), third in the Tri-Valley Conference, at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Valley Catholic (15-9, 6-4) will play at La Grande (9-9, 4-2), which reached the first round of state last year and is second in the Greater Oregon League, in the play-in round at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

"[Tuesday] was just a matchup between two good teams," Indians senior guard Robert Lohman said. "We were smart with the ball and came out on top. We weren't ready for their press and trap last time [as the Valiants won 61-45 on Feb. 9 in Scappoose], but this time we filleted it."

Valley Catholic went cold from 3-point range in the fourth quarter, but Scappoose turnovers bailed them out.

Lohman's pair of free throws put the Indians ahead 45-37 with 2:46 left in regulation, but Valiants senior guard Shankar Krishnakumar's triple from the top of the arc tied it at 45-45 with 45 seconds left.

Wagenknecht's trey sailed left from the top of the arc and the game went to overtime.

Sophomore guard Andrew Plambeck's triple from the top of the arc put the Valiants up 48-45 with 3:15 left in the extra frame, and two more Lohman free throws kept Scappoose within a point at 48-47 with 3:05 left.

Plambeck struck again from downtown, but Tanner Kramer's layup cut the deficit to 51-49 with 2:30 to go.

Kramer's layup and point-after off of a foul put the Indians up 52-51 with 2:09 left.

Krishnakumar's jumper from the top of the key pushed Valley Catholic back up 53-52, but Donaldson's layup snagged a 54-53 lead at 1:15.

Six-foot-five Valiants sophomore post Ben Robbins' pair of free throws tied it at 54-54 with 43.7 seconds to play, but Donaldson's up-and-under layup gave the Indians a 56-54 edge with 6.3 seconds left.

Wagenknecht forced a Krishnakumar turnover out of bounds on the Scappoose sideline with 3.5 seconds left, Donaldson sank a pair of free throws and the Indians celebrated the win.

Donaldson led Scappoose with 20 points, Wagenknecht scored 11 points and Lohman put in 10 points.

Krishnakumar's 20-point performance, in which he sank four 3's, sparked the Valiants. Plambeck put in 15 points on four 3's.

"We kept our composure," said Wagenknecht, a sophomore guard. "[The Valiants] hit a few shots, but it didn't bother us."

The Indians have taken two of three games from Valley Catholic, which was third in the league and reached the first round of state last year, this season.

All five games in the series, including a split last season, have been decided by an average of 6.2 points since the Valiants won the Class 3A state championship and joined the Cowapa League in 2014.

Valley Catholic has beaten No. 2 Cowapa League Seaside, ninth-ranked Astoria and Class 3A No. 10 Portland Adventist this season.

La Grande feature senior forward and returning Greater Oregon second-teamer Isaiah Cranford, and reigning conference coach of the year Mark Carollo.

The Indians also went to overtime with Banks in the regular season finale on Thursday, Feb. 18, in Scappoose, but came away 51-44 winners.

The Braves (10-14, 2-8) led 18-13 at the half, but Scappoose (16-7, 5-4) outscored them 38-26 in the final three quarters.

Donaldson scored 18 points for the Indians and Lohman added 14 points.

Junior forward and returning all-league honorable mention Jake Evans put in 16 points for Banks.

Scappoose made 12 of 33 free throws to the Braves' 9-for-12.

The Indians, who sank the host Braves 53-52 with Kramer's 3-point buzzer beater on Feb. 2, have taken five of the last six contests in the series.

Scappoose is 4-0 in overtime games this season, having also survived Sutherlin 55-54 and North Valley 64-61 back-to-back on Dec. 17-18 at the Les Schwab South Coast Holiday Tournament at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay.

"We'll work on defense, staying aggressive and running our plays well, and we're looking forward to playing someone new," said Wagenknecht of Saturday's play-in game.

Cowboys senior guard Blake Bartels and 6-foot-5 senior post Seth Kessi were all-conference first-teamers last season, and senior guard Garrett Harper was an honorable mention. Coach Darin Kessi was the Tri-Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

Crook County, which went third in the conference and reached the play-in round last year, has beaten No. 4 North Marion and Class 2A top-ranked Regis this season.

The Indians have beaten No. 1 Philomath, Valley Catholic and Astoria.

Scappoose 51, Banks 44 (OT)

B 4 14 5 15 6 — 44

S 8 5 16 9 13 — 51

B — Jake Evans 16, Casey McGough 9, Trent Ward 5, Kylan Taylor, Dalton Renne 3, Blake Gobel 3, Ian Hutchins 2, Tyler Kemper 2. Totals 15 9-12 44.

S — Ian Donaldson 18, Robert Lohman 14, Tanner Kramer 6, Boogie Davis 5, Christian Oslin 4, Gus Nelson 4. Totals 19 12-33 51.

3-point goals — B 5 (Evans 3, McGough, Ward); S 2 (Lohman, Donaldson). Total fouls — B 17; S 15. Fouled out — Gobel, Renne, Evans.

Scappoose 58, Valley Catholic 54 (OT)

VC 9 16 5 15 9 — 54

S 13 11 7 14 13 — 58

VC — Shankar Krishnakumar 20, Andrew Plambeck 15, Avery Jones 7, Colin Haggerty 5, Joey Braun 4, Ben Robbins 3. Totals 20 6-12 54.

S — Ian Donaldson 20, Joey Wagenknecht 11, Robert Lohman 10, Boogie Davis 8, Tanner Kramer 5, Michael Gift 2, Mason Reardon 2. Totals 21 13-21 58.

3-point goals — S 3 (Wagenknecht 3); VC 8 (Krishnakumar 4, Plambeck 4). Total fouls — S 12; VC 14.

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