Freshman Michael Amsel Jr. scored a game high 23 points against the Lake Roosevelt Raiders.
Goats top Raiders 68-57 at NCW Scholarship Shoot-out
by Richard Uhlhorn
The Chelan Goats began their run to the State 1A Basketball Championships by beating the Lake Roosevelt Raiders 68-57 at the TownToyotaCenter on Saturday evening, December 12.
The second annual NCW Scholarship Shoot-out had teams from around NCW playing and in the end, the Goats were the champions of their classification, winning $1,000 for the school's ASB Scholarship Fund.
The boys got off to a quick start against the Raiders, outscoring them 22-9 in the first quarter. The Raiders, who always bring a lot of game to the court, adjusted in the second quarter and were able to fight their way back into the game, trailing by only six points at the half, 35-29.
Some of that could be attributed to both Joe Harris and Aaron McQuaid getting into foul trouble and sitting out most of the second quarter of play with three fouls each. Robin Weathersby had two fouls to round out the players in trouble in the first half.
Unlike his first outing against Ephrata last week, Michael Amsel Jr. not only handled the ball well, but shared it freely with his team mates, passing it off for 10 assists. Amsel Jr. also ended up with a game high 23 points, eight of which came from the free throw line.
Chelan came back in the third quarter and outscored the Raiders 15-9 to remain in control of the game. Matt Engstrom was doing some heavy duty under the boards, pulling down 21 rebounds, stealing the ball seven times and adding 11 solid points to the score.
In the fourth quarter, Harris and McQuaid were back in action but fouled out almost simultaneously. Harris with remaining to play and McQuaid with to play. Harris ended the game with 13 points on the evening and McQuaid had 10.
Alex Brown made a difference under the baskets with five total rebounds, two on the offensive side and three on the defensive end of the court.
On a negative side of this victory, Chelan had a total 27 turnovers.
It was a fun game to watch and the TownToyotaCenter is a nice venue for a basketball game. It's too bad the arena isn't large enough for two courts, falling just nine feet short.
TOTAL FG%: 1st half 13-31(.419) 2nd half 11-24(.458) Game 24-55(.436) 3-Pt FG%: 1st half 3-7(.429) 2nd half 0-2(.000) Game 3-9(.333) FT%: Game 17-27(.630)
Score by Period 1 2 3 4 Final ------------------------------------------ Lake Roosevelt Boys 9 20 9 19 57 2010 Chelan Boys Varsity 22 13 15 18 68 -----------------------------------------------------------
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