Braves take the lead late in regulation and again in overtime, but Scappoose rallies for a 56-53 win in Cowapa League play
The win was so close that the Braves could taste it.
After trailing Cowapa League rival Scappoose for much of the night last Friday, the Banks boys basketball team seemed headed for victory thanks to a fourth-quarter surge that gave it the lead with less than a minute to play.
Unfortunately for the Braves, though, the visiting Indians had a rally of their own in them. Scappoose got the game-tying free throws late in regulation and then took the overtime period 11-8 to send the home team to a heartbreaking 56-53 defeat in front of an enthusiastic and raucous crowd.
The setback dropped Banks to 7-7 overall and 1-1 in league play and snapped a three-game win streak. Scappoose improved to 8-8 and 1-1.
We feel that it definitely got away, Banks coach Pat Marlia said. We missed some free throws down the stretch that weve been making throughout the last few games, at least. But its good that the kids are in those situations and they feel that pressure.
This is a group that I think can overcome that and knock them down the next time.
The Braves trailed by as many as eight points in the first half but never folded, thanks in part to sharpshooters Devyn Renne and Keaton DeLonge keeping them in the game. Rennes second 3-pointer got Banks within 24-22 with about 90 seconds to go in the half before Mitch Davis knocked down a couple free throws to make the score 26-22 at the break.
Rallying fully from that deficit, the home side took its first lead since 2-0 at 44-43 with 48 seconds remaining in regulation, when Dallin Shurts knocked down one of two free throw opportunities. And when DeLonge split a pair of one-point chances 16 seconds later to put the Braves up 45-43, the home team seemed headed for a comeback victory despite its 5-for-11 performance from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
I say it all the time, but I really think that theyre starting to believe that they can win, Marlia said about his crew. Our guys are just able to work together with each other, block out well at that moment, get a rebound and then were able to get a score. And then the momentum starts.
Those free throw misses did come back to haunt Banks, though, starting when Scappooses Chase Johnson knocked down two shots of his own from the charity stripe with 30 seconds left. That knotted the game at 45-all. Adding insult to injury, Shurts, whose minutes were limited by foul trouble throughout the contest, picked up his fifth personal on the Johnson foul and fouled out of the game.
The Braves were almost reprieved going the other way, when Jerod Barger nearly won the game at the end of regulation, but his runner in the lane hit off the right side of the rim.
To kick off the four-minute overtime period, the Braves kept riding the wave of momentum they had generated late in the fourth. Scores by Garrett Markham and Renne in the first minute put the Braves up 49-45. Then, after the Indians Davis canned a 3-pointer, Markham answered with a drive in the lane for a 51-48 Banks advantage with two and a half minutes left.
But Davis was clutch from there, scoring six of the Indians final eight points. He hit another 3-pointer to tie the game with two minutes to go and hit three of four free throw attempts inside the final minute to lift Scappoose to victory.
Those free throws the Indians actually combined to go 9-for-12 in the fourth quarter and overtime helped break a 53-53 tie that Markham forged on a jumper with about 80 seconds to play.
I think they played really well. They came out and played us tough, Markham said. Theyre a pretty good team, but I think we can give it back ... the second time coming around as long as we work hard and get better.
Markham led Banks with 17 points, picking up six of them in overtime. DeLonge and Renne also were in double figures with 11 points each, and Shurts added eight.
The loss left Banks a team that has already more than doubled the three wins it picked up all of last season still with plenty to play for in a Cowapa League showing a great deal of parity this winter. Heading into this week, only Tillamook sported a 2-0 league mark and an overall record (9-6) more than a game over .500.
Every single night we could have a barnburner, Marlia noted. We win by one at Y-C (on Jan. 21) and here we lose ... by three.
Results were not available at press deadline for Banks road game at Astoria on Tuesday. The Braves are back on the road Friday with a 5:30 p.m. matchup at Seaside.
They return home next Tuesday for a contest against Tillamook, also scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.