12-28-11 Hoop Tournament
Miseal Arechiga, No. 10, and Tyler James, No 40, battled it out under the offensive basket during Chelan’s Holiday Hoop Tournament against the Life Christian Eagles. The Eagles ended up with the win 47-39.
Chelan hosts four basketball teams at Hoops Tourney
By Richard Uhlhorn
Coach Joe Harris and Chelan High School hosted the 11th annual Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament this past week. The boys and girls teams from Life Christian and Lake Roosevelt were on hand with the Cascade Kodiak girls and Sumner boys basketball teams to compete at the newly remodeled Community Gymnasium.
“The support from our community has been outstanding,” said Harris. “The hotels give the teams discounted rates and the community makes the folks welcome.” The school teams bring along parents and other students to join in the fun.
Each year, Harris has been able to put together a tournament that is challenging and fun. Coach Brett McDonald of the Sumner Spartans was pleased with the venue. “This gymnasium is incredible,” he said. “There sure is a lot of history here.” Coach McDonald said his team was enjoying itself in the town.
The Spartans are a 2A school that played in the 2A State Basketball Tournament last year and they brought eight seniors out of the 11 players. “I don’t think they lost anyone from last year’s team,” said Assistant Coach Dave Spanjer.
It showed on the basketball court against Chelan. Sumner proved to be a tough, and very aggressive opponent running up a nine point run in the first four minutes of play. By the end of the first quarter, the Spartans had used a blistering full court press and aggressive in-your-face defense to keep Chelan from developing any kind of flow to their offensive efforts. “To say we struggled is an understatement,” said Harris.
By the end of this game the Spartans had earned a spot in the finals, beating Chelan 59-34.
On Thursday, the Chelan Goats played the Life Christian Eagles for third or fourth place and lost that game 46-39. “We were more consistent in this game,” stated Harris. “Playing bigger teams helps us build some character.”
Chelan and Life Christian matched up well and by the end of the third quarter the score was 30-28 in favor of the Eagles, only because of a three pointer at the third quarter buzzer that put them in front. With 6:02 remaining, the teams were all tied up at 30-all, then 32-all before Life Christian pulled ahead on a seven to one run.
The Eagles aggressive play created several turnovers which they capitalized on. In the last minute of the game, the Eagles went to the free throw line six times to extend their lead to 47-39.
Tyler James was the only player who was totally successful against the Sumner Spartans and he also played well against the Eagles. “TJ had a nice tournament,” said Harris. Matt Robinson had a lot of good looks off the fast break, but the ball wasn’t going down. “He had some great moments during the tournament. We are asking Matt to do a lot for us.”
Erick Oscarson also had some good moments over the two day tournament. Off the bench Misael Arechiga gave the team a boost of energy when they needed. “He’s playing very well for us,” said Harris. Newcomer Kyle Johnson is still figuring out Chelan’s system said Harris. “Overall, he is getting better and better.”
Everyone is asking when Michael Amsel Jr. will be back. Harris would only say that he hopes Amsel will be back in time for league play.
Overall it was a fun tournament for the boys’ team despite the two losses.