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Indians control their own Class 5A postseason destiny with five NWOC games to go

PMG FILE PHOTO - Scappoose post Luke McNabb and the Indians beat Putnam last week to run their NWOC record to 2-6. The Scappoose boys' basketball team, despite three tough, single-digit losses, still controls its own Class 5A playoff destiny.

Last night, Feb. 12, the Indians added to its collection of painful losses, falling to the rival St. Helens' Lions 42-41 in St. Helens.

At 2-7 in Northwest Oregon Conference play, the Indians find themselves tied for sixth place in league alongside Hillsboro and St. Helens, and three games back of La Salle and two games back from Putnam, who are fourth and fith in the conference, repectively.

As one of three leagues to receive four automatic playoffs bids based on conference finish, Scappoose still possesses a puncher's chance at the postseason. But it has to get hot, quickly, against great competition. Of the Indians' final five games, one is at league giant Wilsonville, another is at second-place Parkrose and another is at home against third-place Milwaukie. At worst, the Indians probably have to win four of their last five games, which is no easy task.

But Scappoose alrady beat Putnam on the road, 35-30, last week. It split its two games with Hillsboro. Despite falling to the Lions in a 7-Mile War rematch, if they can steal a couple of those aforementioned clashes against the league's top three teams and polish off Putnam in their season finale, who knows?

"The boys played very good defense and did a great job limiting our turnovers against Putnam," Scappoose head coach Matthew Humphreys said. "The boys are buying into the scheme and executing it better. They are playing more fundamentally sound on the defensive end."

Humphreys said Tommy McKedy was a great presence for the Indians in the post. Jake Boyle did a great job getting Scappoose into its offense and hit a very timely three-pointer in the second half. Drake Kramer was great at reading and passing the triangle. Luke McNabb was sound on the boards and Kyle Negelspach also hit some timely shots.

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