Coach Joe Harris reacts to a play on the court as his Chelan Goat team demolishes NachesValley in their opening game at State.
Chelan opens strong against Naches Valley
by Richard Uhlhorn (Photos by Tracy & Linda Jo Williams)
Chelan opened its bid for a State Championship on Wednesday afternoon by beating NachesValley easily 61-39.
By the end of the first quarter, it was obvious that the Chelan boys brought the same momentum to the State Basketball Tournament that they carried away from the Regional Championship. The Goats only allowed four points to be scored against them while making a 15-4 run on NachesValley.
NachesValley worked their way back into the game, but could only close the gap to nine points before Chelan ended the first half up 10 points.
Despite having two fouls against him, Joe Harris had 19 of the 30 points Chelan put on the board in the first half of play.
In the opening minute of the third quarter, Harris added two points from the free throw line to take Chelan back out to a 12 point lead. By the middle of the third quarter Harris had 25 points and Chelan was up 39-25.
Aaron McQuaid has come into his own as a sophomore player and put up 12 points against Naches in Chelan's opening game at State.
Naches continued to play a steady game and keep it all within reach, getting back to within nine points towards the end of the third quarter. Aaron McQuaid and Mat Engstrom were making their presence felt as was Julio Juarez.
In the fourth quarter of play, Chelan outscored Naches 18 to 6 to put the game away 61-39.
It was a game where Harris scored a game high 32 points with Aaron McQuaid putting in another 12 points to help lead the Goats to the win. Mat Engstrom had four points, but was strong on the rebounding with seven. Adding to the scoring mix was Derrick Talley with six points, and both Evan Reister and Engstrom adding four each. Julio Juarez dished out four assists and Harris had three blocks and four steals during the game.
Junior Joey Harris had an incredible game against Naches Valley, scoring a game high 32 points to lead the Goats to a win.
Everyone got some court time in this opening game.
Chelan will play Kings in the quarterfinal on Thursday evening at The play-by-play can be heard on GoLakeChelan.com and on Broadstripe's Channel 16.
Matt Engstrom went about his job on the basketball court against Naches and pulled down seven rebounds and scored four points.
King's coach told the Yakima Herald that they would be trying to figure out a way to stop Joe Harris in the quarterfinal.
Senior Derrick Talley is a dangerous addition to the Chelan Goat offense. He scored six points in the opening game.
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