Zane Sandum was held scoreless against the LakeRoosevelt Raiders but was able to pull down seven all important defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound to help the Chelan Goats stay ahead of the Raiders in this CTL match-up.
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Chelan claims league title in a squeaker
By Richard Uhlhorn
One could tell it was going to be a wild night in the Chelan gymnasium last Friday night when it was difficult to find parking prior to the Lady Goat’s game. Up for grabs were the Caribou Trail League Title and/or co-ownership of that title depending on who won this all important game going into the District Championships which begin this week for the CTL.
Lake Roosevelt basketball fans were on hand in force to cheer on the Raiders who had, over the course of the season, been the number one team… the team to beat until late in the season they lost one of their star players and dropped two games which put the Goats in the number one spot.
So it was a very noisy crowd in an almost standing room only gymnasium when the boy’s game tipped off.
The first quarter of play had both Chelan and Lake Roosevelt trading baskets and with only seconds to go before the quarter ended, Cam Reister pumped in one of his famous-at-the-buzzer three pointers that put Chelan in the lead 13-9.
Chelan continued to hold onto that lead throughout the second quarter with LakeRoosevelt taking a timeout with to play before the break and the score 23-19, a small four point difference. After the timeout, Chelan was able to go on a six point run to end the first half up 30-23.
LakeRoosevelt made some adjustments in the locker room during the break and in the first 1.5 minutes of the third quarter made up the six point deficit to draw within one point of the Goats. Coach Joe Harris called a timeout twice in the third, but both teams were playing excellent defense and by the buzzer, LakeRoosevelt had tied it at 39-all.
The fourth quarter of play had both teams battling for the lead, but with only 12.8 seconds to play, Chelan was still up by one point, 48-47 and then Joe Harris was fouled on a fast break and put both shots in from the line to take Chelan out to a three point lead.
The fans on both sides were going nuts. LakeRoosevelt was unhappy with the referees and Chelan fans were already celebrating the possible win and league championship.
With 2.7 seconds remaining LakeRoosevelt’s Coby Dick launched a controversial shot from near the three point line and it went in. You’ll never convince the Lake Roosevelt crowd or coach that it wasn’t a three-point shot, but the referees officially called it a two-point shot after a heated discussion, giving Chelan the one point advantage with only 1.4 seconds to play.
On the inbound ball, Joe Harris was fouled, made his first free throw to take Chelan up by two points when LakeRoosevelt called timeout. After the timeout, Harris made the second shot and Chelan owned the game by three points. Lake Roosevelt brought the ball in and launched a long Hail Mary pass to their side of the court which was picked off by Chelan when the final buzzer sounded giving Chelan the League Championship.
Chelan will play this coming Friday night at ChelanHigh School against the winner of the upcoming Cashmere/Brewster game.