A rousing win for Yamhill-Carlton
YAMHILL — One bad quarter almost cost the Tigers their most important win of the season.
With a barrage of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Cowapa League game, Yamhill-Carlton (9-7, 4-0) stunned visiting Scappoose (8-9, 3-1) with a 68-51 win.
The win puts the Tigers in the driver’s seat as the league’s leading team, pulling ahead of the Indians. The Tigers also used the challenge to improve the weakest element of their game: defense.
The Tigers came out in the first quarter fast and furious, jumping out to a 6-2 lead. Yamhill-Carlton forced four Indian turnovers in that stretch, and ended the quarter with a 13-10 lead.
Between quarters, Tigers coach Gary McCulloch challenged his team to be faster and press harder on defense, and they responded.
Yamhill-Carlton came out in the second and went on a 21-11 run and forced three Indian turnovers. The run gave Y-C a 34-21 halftime-lead, its largest of the game.
The run was led by big man Jon Clark, who finished with 17 points and three rebounds, and Gabe Findley added 16 points and two rebounds.
Scappoose came out of halftime and showed why they are tied with the Tigers for first in league, and they did it through a defensive shakeup.
Scappoose switched to a 1-3-1 zone in the second half, and it forced five Yamhill-Carlton turnovers in the quarter. Led by point guard Zach Smith’s 17 points, Scappoose went on a 16-1 run and caught the Tigers at 36-36.
Yamhill-Carlton was able to take a 41-38 lead to the fourth quarter despite shooting 3-for-13 in the third quarter.
In the final quarter, the Tigers got back to the basics that worked for them in the first half. They raised the tempo, frustrated the slower Scappoose, and went on a 27-11 run to win the game.
The run was led by Findley who drained two consecutive 3-pointers from the seven-minute mark to 6:48. He added a third three with 2:15 left to seal the win. Yamhill-Carlton finished the game shooting 18-for-41 and 15-of-31 from the free throw line.
The Tigers play their next four out of five games on the road starting Tuesday with a 5:30 p.m. game at Seaside.
What you may have missed: Smith received a technical foul at 3:30 in the third quarter for taunting the Y-C crowd and arguing with the official. Scappoose coach Rahim Tufts also received a technical foul with 1:20 left in the fourth for arguing an Indian foul call on Pena.