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Tristan Davis scores 17 points as the Cats beat the Indians to take over first place.

COURTESY PHOTO: GREG ARTMAN - Scappoose's Colin Stoddard drives to the basket against Wilsonville's Tristan Davis during the Wildcats' 42-32 win at Wilsonville High School on Tuesday, Feb. 8.The way the No. 1 Wilsonville boys basketball team started on Tuesday, Feb. 8, it appeared that the Wildcats' iron-fisted grip on the Northwest Oregon Conference might be in jeopardy.

Playing for first place against visiting Scappoose, Wilsonville missed its first 10 shots and fell behind by eight points in the first quarter.

Gradually, though, Wilsonville seized control, scoring the last 14 points of the first half to take the lead and going on to beat the Indians 42-32.

"I think we just realized what we were playing for," said Wilsonville junior post Tristan Davis, who finished with a game-high 17 points. "For me personally, and for our team, we're trying to be great. And that's what we're playing for."

"We were out of sync on offense," Wildcats coach Chris Roche said. "That's probably a credit to their defense. They were definitely the more physical team early, so we found ourselves in a hole."

The 6-foot-7 Davis helped jumpstart the offense and the Wildcats also got seven points each from sophomore wings Kallen Gutridge and Kyle Counts, with Counts hitting a big 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to give his team a nine-point lead.

With the win — the Wildcats' seventh straight since a 53-51 loss at La Salle ended their 77-game conference winning streak — Wilsonville improved to 8-1 in NWOC play and 18-2 overall. Scappoose, meanwhile, saw its four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 7-2 in conference play and 11-7 overall.

"I'm so proud of these guys," Scappoose coach Matt Humphreys said. "My first year at Scappoose we were 1-21, and now we're competing with the best in the state. How could you not be anything but elated with these guys? When you put it in perspective, it's pretty incredible."

Davis, a highly recruited defensive end in football with offers from Colorado and Nevada, scored seven of Wilsonville's first nine points. He kept it going in the second half, scoring on putbacks, jumpers and spin moves.

"I play my part," said Davis, who averages 10 points per game and has a season-high of 28. "We've got talented players on this team. Anybody in the rotation can get their own shot, they can go off. Some games they shine, some games I shine. I just got what was there. When we moved the ball, I got the shots that were open for me."

Davis also drew the tough defensive assignment of guarding Scappoose's 6-3 senior guard Luke McNabb, who scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half.

"I thought he played great," Roche said of Davis. "He had to guard a really good player in McNabb, but he not only did a very good job defensively on him, he asserted himself on offense. He's had some big games for us, especially lately. He came up big tonight. He was the difference-maker tonight."

McNabb scored off a pass from junior Skyler Schmidt to draw the Indians within 23-22 late in the third quarter. But Wilsonville scored the next six points — four by Davis — to take command.

The game represented a big opportunity for Scappoose. The Indians went a combined 2-28 in the NWOC in their first three seasons after moving up from Class 4A. But they made the leap to conference contender this season, with their only losses coming to Wilsonville, including a 58-41 home defeat Jan. 22.

"They were very focused, really appreciative of the opportunity," Humphreys said. "They created it for themselves."

The 6-8 Schmidt, who entered averaging a team-high 19.6 points per game, finished with five points on 1 of 6 shooting. He had difficulty getting a clean look against the defense of Wilsonville's 6-10 senior Logan Thebiay.

"For a 6-10 kid, he's very athletic," Roche said of Thebiay. "He's a legit 6-10 and he's strong, but he moves great. He wins lines in practices. He's pretty versatile. Schmidt is an excellent scorer, and Logan was out there by himself on him and did a great job."

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