Aaron McQuaid had a great game on both ends of the court
against Seattle Academy, scoring 12 points, pulling down 5 rebounds and stealing
the ball 3 times.
by Richard Uhlhorn
The Chelan Goats let their chance to bring home a trophy from the State
Basketball Tournament slip away from them in the final seconds of their game
Both teams had suffered overtime defeats the day before and from the
beginning of this game, it looked as though Chelan would take control and cruise
to the finish, but Seattle Academy battled back from as much as a 13 point
deficit to tie the game at 56 with 4:22 remaining to play.
Chelan took back the lead and kept it for the next minute, but Seattle
Academy tied the game back up again at 58-all with 2:33 to play. Joe Harris, who
had 11 rebounds and 22 points fouled out. Kyle Terriere was hot all day, ending
up with 31 points. With left, he
put SeattleAcademy ahead by two, 60-58.
Senior Derrick Talley had a chance to tie it up from the free throw line,
but miss the front end of his two shots, leaving Chelan one point shy of tying
the game up again.
Down the stretch, Seattle Academy went into a stall and with only :30
seconds left, Aaron McQuaid, who had a great offensive game with 12 points,
fouled Rian Claxton who had already put in 15 points for his team, but at the
line, he missed both of his attempts and Matt Engstrom (11 rebounds and eight
points) brought the ball up court, dished off to Derrick Talley to Julio Juarez
before Coach Harris called a timeout with only 10 seconds remaining to
Engstrom brought the ball into Evan Reister who passed it to Derrick
Talley for the final shot which rimmed out and the game was over.
Despite losing two close games at the tournament, Chelan opened some
eyes. They only lose four players; Derrick Talley, Danny Campbell, Chase
Anderson and Julio Juarez to graduation.
With the returning group, the Chelan Goats should be able to make another
strong run to the State Tournament again next year.
Congratulations on a great season. The Goats finished
with a 23-6 record.