CLATSKANIE — A slow start and an even rougher finish cost the Knappa Loggers Tuesday night at Clatskanie, where the Tigers rallied for a 56-53 nonleague win over Knappa.
The visiting Loggers held a 48-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter, when Knappa went cold and the Tigers outscored the Loggers 19-5 to pick up the victory.
Clatskanie was 18-of-24 from the free throw line, and 9-for-10 in the final quarter. Knappa was 5-of-8 at the line.
Cooper Blodgett led a trio of Clatskanie players in double figures, finishing with 15. James Helmen added 14 and Dusten Sewald scored 13 for the Tigers.
Knappa’s Timber Engblom led all scorers with 16 points, with Dale Takalo chipping in 15 for the Loggers.
“We just had a dreadful first quarter and fourth quarter,” said Knappa coach Chris Spencer, whose team plays at Ilwaco Thursday.
“But a credit to those guys,” he said of the Tigers. “They made their free throws when they had to. It’s definitely a wake up call for the Loggers. And we’ve got another tough one Thursday. Ilwaco’s going to be more than ready for us.”