|2/28/2014 7:53:00 PM|
Chelan's season ends
with loss against Riverside
|Chelanís Mason McClellan dribbles past a Riverside defender during last Saturdayís game in Spokane.|
|Chelanís Luke Gleasman looks for a pass while being contested by a Cashmere defender during the game last Friday, Feb. 21, at West Valley High School in Spokane.|
The Chelan Goats basketball team had its sights set on a Regional berth going into this past weekend's Bi-District playoff games, needing two wins to earn a place in Regionals.
Last Friday, Feb. 21, the Goats faced the rival Cashmere Bulldogs at West Valley High School in Spokane. In a close contest, the Goats edged the Bulldogs, 52-49.
Chelan started out the game strong, taking a 12-9 lead after the first quarter. Cashmere came back in the second quarter and tied the game at 28 at halftime.
The third quarter was close, as Cashmere was able to take a 1-point lead going into the final quarter. In the fourth, the Goats were able to earn the lead and seal the win.
The big difference in the game was shooting percentage. Chelan was able to get shots to fall, shooting 42.6 percent from the field while Cashmere shot 33.3 percent from the field. The Goats were five-of-12 from 3-point range.
"I'm really proud of our guys because we did battle through a lot of adversity," Chelan Coach Joe Harris said. "We had a lot of guys sick the last couple of weeks of the season and we actually played our best ball the last couple weeks of the season so that tells you how strong willed they are."
Harris said that his team played solid defense and that the offense was clicking on all cylinders for the win.
Chelan vs. Cashmere Stats
Points: Kai Clausen 17, Ivan Rodriguez 15, Kyle James 7
Rebounds: Hank Hollingsworth 7, James 5
Assists: Rodriguez 3
Blocks: Hollingsworth 5
With the win, the Goats ended Cashmere's season and advanced to the Bi-District consolation finals against the Riverside Rams last Saturday, Feb. 22, with a berth to Regionals on the line. The Goats fought for the win, but saw its season end, losing to Riverside, 39-28.
Riverside jumped on Chelan early, taking an 11-6 lead after the first quarter. It was more of the same in the second, as Riverside earned a 22-14 lead at the half.
The third quarter was the highest scoring quarter, with Riverside outscoring Chelan 15-10. The fourth quarter saw a combined six points, as the Goats were unable to get anything going to ignite a comeback.
While the Goats shot the ball well against Cashmere, they had trouble making baskets against Riverside, shooting 27.1 percent from the field, including missing all six 3-point shots.
"I think the effect of just playing five games in 10 days and guys were not feeling well, I think it caught up with us a little bit," Harris said. "We got on our heels defensively and didn't challenge people like we normally do. The effort was there we just didn't quite get the execution at both ends like we had the night before."
Chelan vs. Riverside Stats
Points: Kai Clausen 6, Ivan Rodriguez 6
Rebounds: Hank Hollingsworth 8, Five tied with 3
Blocks: Hollingsworth 4
Chelan finishes the season 13-12, and one game short of a Regional playoff berth.
"It's always sad when the season ends, but there is some finality to sports, there's a winner and a loser always and your season comes to an end and you move on," Harris said. "I think that is a great life lesson for our kids to be able to learn with some hard work, there's good things that come up out of it and you've got to pick up the pieces and move on."
Looking back at the season, Harris thinks that his team made progress, which is more important than the wins and the losses.
"We were up and down all year and I think as a coach, that can be frustrating because your expectation as the year goes on, you start to tighten up and become a little more sure offensively with what you're doing," Harris said. "I think we struggled shooting from the perimeter and I think that's something we need to address with our guys. All in all, there were some games I felt like we could have won and games that we ended up winning that maybe we shouldn't have been in."
The Goats had four players finish their high school basketball careers, seniors Konnar Stevens, Kai Clausen, Tanner Hendricks and Jared Anderson. Harris said they were team captains this year and they were the backbone the team needed to rely on throughout the year.
"Extremely hard working group of guys, couldn't ask for a better group to be around," Harris said. "You hate to see the season end and when you've got seniors that have been in your program for quite sometime and your not going to have the chance to coach them anymore, it makes it even more of a final statement. We are going to miss those guys."
Harris said he hasn't started looking towards next season yet, but he has a talented and experienced team that will be working hard in the offseason to come back strong next year.
Matt Baide can be reached at 509-682-2213 or by email
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