Junior Joe Harris is deadly with the short jump shot as the Cascade Kodiaks found out on Tuesday night when Harris pumped in 31 points to lead all scorers in Chelan’s final league match-up at home.
Chelan Goats end home games on winning note
By Richard Uhlhorn
The Chelan Goats finished its regular season home games with a huge win over the Cascade Kodiaks 74 – 49.
Chelan jumped out to a 12 point lead in the first quarter and gave up a little ground in the second quarter of play when Cascade finally adjusted to Chelan’s aggressive defense and offensive power based on Joe Harris’ high flying scoring act that resulted in another game high 31 points.
Harris, who doesn’t hog the ball, just seems to surprise his opponents with moves that give him great looks that result in lots of baskets. His jump shot is almost always gold and the fast break is exciting.
Harris is solidly backed up by his teammates who are highly skilled at passing the ball around until they can get a good look, and Tuesday night was no different. Mat Engstrom, who seems to have as many moves under the basket as Harris has all over the court, came up with 10 points, 11 defensive rebounds, five steals and four assists on the night.
It was senior night for the Goats and everyone got a chance to play against the Kodiaks with almost everyone putting up points on the scoreboard. The two big statistical differences on Tuesday were turnovers and steals. Cascade turned the ball over 22 times to Chelan’s 19 times, but Chelan stole the ball 17 times to Cascade’s four. Chelan also pulled down 33 rebounds to Cascade’s 18.
The win put Chelan solidly in first place with a 12 to 1 record. Sitting behind them with 10-3 records are LakeRoosevelt and Brewster, both of whom have fallen to Chelan twice this year, with Brewster falling twice in overtime play which will make the District playoffs truly exciting.
Chelan finishes off its regular season this coming Friday, February 14, in Okanogan (3-10).