HILLSBORO — The Gulls secured their spot in the championship game with a 56-48 win over Scappoose in a Friday night semifinal at Liberty High School.

Following a win over Astoria in the quarterfinals, Seaside found itself in another matchup with a Cowapa League rival, and trailed early in the Final Four contest vs. the Indians.

But just like they did twice in the regular season, the Gulls pulled it together to defeat the defending state champs.

Seaside controlled the boards (which included a whopping 14 offensive rebounds, giving the Gulls second and third shots on almost every possession), withstood 12 lead changes through three quarters, and made its free throws down the stretch.

Jaxson Smith led Seaside with 17 points, which included a key three-point play with 2:05 left in regulation.

With the Gulls holding a narrow 45-42 lead, Smith scored off his own steal, drew the foul and made the free throw to put Seaside in front, 48-42.

Smith and Jackson Januik combined to make 9-of-10 free throws in the final two minutes to clinch the win.

Austin Eagon added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Hunter Thompson tossed in 10 points with six boards. Januik dished out six assists, with nine rebounds.