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Indians fall 59-44 to Philomath at home Wednesday, will play at Gladiators Friday

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior guard Joey Wagenknecht, center, attempts a layup against Cascade freshman guard Carson Molan (5).



Jordan Sampson and No. 9 Cascade bent the Indians to their whims late Friday,

Jan. 5, in Scappoose.

The Cougars met the Tribe at the point of attack in the third quarter and wrangled a 59-51 win.

Cascade (7-5 overall) funneled its offense through seniors Sampson (a forward) and 6-foot-7 center Damian Ball beneath the rim and, though the Tribe (6-6) breezed to find the first uncovered man it could for quick baskets in transition, the Cougars led 15-9 into the second quarter.

"Hand up, hand up," Cascade coach Steve Ball called as his boys matched quickness with the Indians.

Scappoose coach Weston Powers called for rebounding to keep the Cougars' big men — of whom Damian Ball was taller than any Tribe defender — from second-chance points and the Indians double- or triple-teamed Ball in the paint, but Cascade beat the freewheeling Indians back on defense and led 31-29 at the break.

Joey Wagenknecht splashed four 3-pointers from the corner on the way to 14 first-half points against the Cougars' fast break defense, but Sampson swatted Chris Bendle's layup in the early third, Cascade caught the Indians at the timeline and in a flash led 43-31 and 50-38 into the fourth.

"Don't push, don't push," said Powers, though Cascade made one of seven from the line in the final frame and came away four-of-15 to Scappoose's five-for-11. "We gotta block out, we gotta block out."

The Tribe challenged Cougar guards inside of midcourt but swiped fouls instead of steals.

Bendle's 3 from the top cut the deficit to 54-43 with 3:02 left and Wagenknecht's layup trimmed it to single digits at 59-51, though it became the final score.

Wagenknecht and Bendle's five respective 3's helped both to 21 and 19 team-leading points.

"[We need] to slow down on offense and get good open looks from three or down low, [and] also emphasize boxing out on offense and defense," said Wagenknecht, a senior guard.

Sampson, junior guard Treyden Harris and Ball's 19, 15 and 14 relative points helped to match Cascade's 2016-17 start to what became a first-round Class 4A state playoff appearance.

Scappoose fell 59-44 to visiting Philomath (6-5)) Wednesday and is scheduled to play at Gladstone (3-10), which beat the Indians 64-48 for third in Class 4A when last they met in 2016, at 7 p.m. Friday.

"Against Philomath we needed to handle their defensive pressure and limit turnovers," Powers said. "They play a very aggressive 1-3-1 halfcourt trap and are very physical. Against Gladstone we need to try and contain their best player, [senior all-Tri-Valley Conference] point guard Lyric Warren. Lyric is a very good player who can score from all levels. He is a tough competitor and has been a good leader for them the last couple seasons. They also play aggressive defense, so we must handle their pressure and turn it in to opportunities for us on the offensive end."

Warren and the Gladiators score 49 points against 53 allowed per outing.

CASCADE 59, SCAPPOOSE 51

Friday, Jan. 5, in Scappoose

C 15 16 19 9 -- 59

S 9 20 9 13 -- 51

CASCADE (7-5) -- Jordan Sampson 19, Treyden Harris 15, Damian Ball 14, Carson Molan 5, Ryan LeDay 4, Brandon Starnes 2. 3-point goals -- 5 (Harris 3, Molan, LeDay). Total fouls -- 10. Totals 25 4-15 59.

SCAPPOOSE (6-6) -- Joey Wagenknecht 21, Chris Bendle 19, Jerad Toman 9, Connor McNabb 2. 3-point goals -- 10 (Wagenknecht 5, Bendle 5). Total fouls -- 15. Fouled out -- Toman. Totals 21 5-11 51.

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