Chase Anderson exploded offensively in both of Chelan's Regional match-ups in MosesLake Friday and Saturday, scoring six points and dishing out three assists against LakeRoosevelt on Saturday and scoring nine points late in the game against Freeman to help the Goats get to the Championship game.
Chelan Goats demolish LakeRoosevelt
to win Regional Championship
by Richard Uhlhorn
Chelan's Chase Anderson didn't score the most points in Chelan's two wins at the Regional Championships in MosesLake, but he did impress the fans with his hard work ethic and ability to make things happen on the court.
All year, Chase has been the go to guy when it came to defense, but he rarely put points on the board. That all changed last Friday and Saturday when Chase combined for 16 points in two games. "Chase is one of those rare individuals who works his tail off," said Coach Joe Harris. "He's a coach's dream." Harris remarked that he could rely on Anderson to make things happen when he gets on the court.
Anderson helped the team win the Regional Championship Saturday night when Chelan demolished the Lake Roosevelt Raiders by a score of 74-43.
Chelan didn't allow the Raiders to put more than two points on the board in the entire first quarter of play and a part of the second, leading at one point 28-2. The primary reason for this run was Chelan's ability to force LakeRoosevelt into bad shots that missed the mark. Couple the missed shots by the Raiders with Joe Harris' 19 rebounds during the game and it was no wonder that Chelan jumped out to such a resounding lead.
LakeRoosevelt fans were not happy and every time Harris or the hard charging Derrick Talley (21 points) scored, the groans got louder. Harris ended up with 20 points. Mat Engstrom had nine rebounds and seven points with Aaron McQuaid also pulling down nine and adding eight points to the score.
LakeRoosevelt is not a bad basketball team. They didn't get to the Regional Championship game by being bad. They beat Brewster to play in the championship game and that is never easy.
Sometime during the middle of the second quarter, the Raiders finally adjusted and began to score some points and by the end of the first half Chelan was ahead 39-17.
LakeRoosevelt had a decent run in the third quarter, outscoring Chelan 17-8, closing the gap to 10 point for a short moment, but in the fourth quarter of play Chelan got its offense rolling again and outscored the Raiders 27-9 to finish the game 74-43.
On Friday, the Goats played Freeman and came up with 68-62 win with Joe Harris scoring a game high 32. Mat Engstrom had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Chelan's opening draw at the State Tournament will be against Naches at in Yakima's Sundome on Wednesday, March 4.