Joe Harris pumped in 37 points to lead the Goats to a solid victory over the Eastmont Wildcats on Tuesday evening.
Wildcats get stung by Goats in 71-60 thriller
by Richard Uhlhorn
"That was a fun game," said Coach Joe Harris following the Goats non league win over 4A Eastmont Wildcats in East Wenatchee Tuesday evening, January 5.
Eastmont's gymnasium was packed to the rafters with basketball fans from around North Central Washington who wanted to see the inevitable match-up between the Goat's Joe Harris and Eastmont's Malachi Roberts. The two players were teammates on last summer's 'Friends of the Hoops' elite AAU basketball team.
Harris led the Goats to the win with a solid performance, scoring a game high 37 points and dragging down 12 rebounds, dishing out 6 assists and grabbing 2 steals. Harris thrilled the crowd in the first quarter of play on a fast break that ended in a clean dunk.
Roberts on the other hand, also had a great game, handing his fans a few nice lay-ins on his way to 29 points. He also pulled down 12 rebounds, but had no assists in this game, but was able to steal the ball 4 times.
Aaron McQuaid was the recipient of several Harris assists, and it seems when he is left open on the side line, he will drain the ball. McQuaid had another good night against Eastmont, scoring 16 points, shooting 7 of 14 from the field.
By the end of the first quarter, the Goats had forged a nice run to pull ahead 18-11. The Wildcats got into the game in the second quarter, but went to the locker room at the half still trailing by seven points.
There were three technical fouls called in this physical game; two against the Wildcats and one against the Goats. By the end of the third quarter, Chelan was up by 10 points 56-46 and never let the Wildcats back in the game, even though Eastmont threatened with several successful three point shots in the fourth.
Both teams turned the ball over 16 and 15 times respectfully and with to play in the game, Joe Harris, Evan Reister, and Matt Engstrom had four fouls each while Josh Burbury was battling with three.
The closest Eastmont could get to Chelan was six points, and the victory against this 4A school proved that Chelan is capable of playing up with anyone.
The Goats next challenge comes this Friday, January 8, against the Okanogan Bulldogs as league play begins. Currently Chelan is 8-1 with their only loss coming against Ephrata.