14-15 Chelan Sports with Rich Uhlhorn

01.05.14 Chelan v Australia

Donny Watson goes up for a lay-up against Newington’s Chier Maker in the Chelan Varsity game against Australia’s Newington College. Basketball fans will see a lot more of Maker as he has been recruited and signed to play at the University of Portland next year after graduating. He is a refugee who has been in the Newington school system for the past 7 years.

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Newington College basketball team stays and plays
Chelan hosts 28 players, coaches and traveling parents
by Richard Uhlhorn

Newington College came to Chelan for its fourth visit over the years. Coach Rex Nottage, Director of Basketball Coaching at the College said these visits provide a great experience for the players he brings with him. “The hospitality in Chelan is absolutely wonderful,” he said after his three teams played our ‘C’, JV and Varsity Friday afternoon and evening. “This is real America. Our kids perception of America is not what they see when they get here,” he said.

Newington College is a private boys school outside of Sydney, Australia. “We are a part of the original school system in Australia,” said Nottage. “We have 1200 boys and 52 other athletic teams.

Basketball is just one of the sports played. Currently they have a football player at Eastern Washington University and on his traveling Varsity squad, Chier Maker, a 6’7” senior forward is signed to play basketball at the University of Portland.

Maker and fellow teammate sophomore Makuach Maluach are both refugees from South Sudan. Maker and Maluach were hosted by the Hollingsworth family during their Chelan stay. Tim Hollingsworth said that Maker has been at Newington for the past seven years. His family still lives in South Sudan.

The trip, which includes a number of basketball games in the Seattle area and eastern Washington is about four weeks long and costs approximately $6,000 per student. “We have another two weeks of travel,” said Nottage. The teams will travel to California where they will visit places like Disney World, etc.

The host families, like Mark Schramm and Grace McClellan, the Watsons and others all loved the experience. “The two boys we had seemed to really enjoy the stay,” said Schramm. “Mason got along with them really well.”

When it came to basketball, all three teams played well.

The ‘C’ Squad squared off first and played well through the first quarter with point guard Wesley McCrady keeping the game close with a lay-up and a three point shot. The quarter ended with Newington ahead 12-5.  By the end of the first half, Newington had forged a 20-13 lead over the ‘C’ Squad and by the end of the game, they won 52-21.

Newington’s ‘C’ Squad was extremely well coached at setting up screens and blocking out. Chelan had a lot of good looks, but the ball wasn’t falling.

The Chelan Goat JV Squad came out and jumped to a 9-2 lead over the Newington JV team in the first quarter. Chelan was setting up its offense and shooting well. Their defense was strong with lots of pressure that forced the Newington team into turnovers and mistakes. At the end of the first quarter, Chelan led 11-5.

In the second quarter, Chelan continued to play well and kept its lead over the Newington team 26-15. At the end of the third quarter it was 38-23 and by the end of the game Chelan had defeated Newington 48-37.

At the beginning of the Varsity game, the stands were full of basketball fans. Prior to tip-off, the Australian and American National Anthems were played.

From the opening tip-off in the varsity game, Newington came out firing and jumped to a 8-3 lead before Coach Harris called a timeout to settle Chelan down. By the end of the first quarter, Chelan had fought back was only down three points 12-9. By the end of the first half, Newington was up 26-17, but Chelan continued to fight the battle and kept the game within nine points at the end of the first half.

Chier Maker, Newington’s 6’7” forward proved to be deadly inside and outside. He ended up scoring 23 points and hauling down 13 rebounds. In comparison, Tim Hollingsworth, who also had a strong game, scored 12 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.

By the end of the third quarter, Newington had increased their lead to 13 points, 43-30 and the game ended 52-39.

Coach Nottage acknowledged Chelan’s talent after the game and said, “We love coming here. We will be back.”

OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE    Date: Jan 02 2015     Arena: Chelan High School
                        Starting Time: 06:00 PM  City, State ________________________
VISITOR
Australian's                Total FG --3PT--          --Rebound--
No. Player Name             FG  FGA  FG  FGA  FT  FTA OFF DEF TOT  F  TP  A  TO  BLK STL
 4  Jaidyn Goodwin........g  0   1    0   1    0   0    2   0   2  1   0  0   1   0   0
 6  Connor Miller.........g  1   4    1   3    0   0    1   0   1  1   3  1   0   0   1
 8  Josh Evans.............  0   1    0   0    0   0    0   0   0  0   0  0   0   0   0
14  Makuach Maluach.......f  6  13    0   0    0   0    4   4   8  2  12  0   3   1   0
15  Chier Maker...........f 11  24    1   6    0   0    3  10  13  0  23  2   3   1   3
 7  Tom Roberts...........c  3   8    1   2    0   0    1   6   7  2   7  2   5   0   0
 5  Will Mitchell..........  2   2    0   0    0   0    0   2   2  1   4  0   3   0   2
12  Tom Ostinga............  0   1    0   0    0   0    1   0   1  2   0  0   0   0   2
11  Grant Anticevich.......  1   1    1   1    0   0    0   0   0  0   3  0   1   0   0
    Australian's........... 24  55    4  13    0   0   12  22  34  9  52  5  16   2   8

TOTAL  FG%: 1st half 12-30(.400)  2nd half 12-25(.480)  Game 24-55(.436)
 3-Pt  FG%: 1st half 2-8(.250)    2nd half 2-5(.400)    Game 4-13(.308)
       FT%:                                             Game 0-0(.000)

HOME
Chelan Boys                 Total FG --3PT--          --Rebound--
No. Player Name             FG  FGA  FG  FGA  FT  FTA OFF DEF TOT  F  TP  A  TO  BLK STL
10  Ivan Rodriguez........g  1  11    0   0    0   0    0   2   2  2   2  6   3   0   0
13  Donny Watson...........  2   4    0   0    0   0    0   1   1  0   4  1   2   0   0
12  Zach Phelps...........g  2   3    2   3    0   0    0   1   1  2   6  2   1   0   1
20  Tanner Johnson.........  0   0    0   0    0   0    0   0   0  0   0  0   0   0   0
14  Kyle James............f  2   6    0   1    0   0    1   3   4  1   4  2   1   0   3
24  Eli Jenkins............  0   1    0   0    0   0    0   0   0  0   0  1   0   0   0
42  Bryce Robison..........  2   3    0   0    0   0    1   0   1  0   4  0   0   0   1
30  Hank Hollingsworth....f  6  12    0   1    0   0    3   4   7  0  12  1   2   4   0
32  Luke Gleasman.........c  1   6    0   0    0   0    1   0   1  0   2  0   3   0   2
22  Mason McClellan........  2   2    1   1    0   0    0   0   0  0   5  0   2   0   0
    Chelan Boys............ 18  48    3   6    0   0    6  11  17  5  39 13  14   4   7

TOTAL  FG%: 1st half 8-27(.296)   2nd half 10-21(.476)  Game 18-48(.375)
 3-Pt  FG%: 1st half 1-3(.333)    2nd half 2-3(.667)    Game 3-6(.500)
       FT%:                                             Game 0-0(.000)

Score by Period     1   2   3   4    Final 
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Australian's        12  14  17  9     52 
Chelan Boys         9   8   13  9     39 


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