Chelan knocks Tonasket out of hoops playoffs

CHELAN – Chelan had too much size inside, too good of a half-court trap defense, and too much Michael Amsel, Jr. for the Tonasket boys basketball team to handle in its first post-season appearance since 2007.

The Tigers didn’t get blow off the floor by the heavily-favored Goats, but neither were they able to mount a serious threat as Chelan focused on shutting down Tonasket guards Dyllan Gage and Michael Orozco.

Chelan went on a 12-2 run early in the second quarter to break open what had been a three-point game.

The Goats led 30-18 at the half and opened up a 20-point lead late in the third quarter.

Tonasket made a bit of a run to close to within 45-31 and had several chances to get closer early in the fourth quarter, but several open opportunities at the basket rattled in and out.

Gage finished with 10 points, Colton Leep had eight and Roberto Juarez scored seven for the Tigers, who wrapped up their season with a 9-12 record.

Chelan (16-5) was led by Aaron Schramm’s 12 points and faces Chewelah to open the Bi-District 6/7 tournament on Friday, Feb. 8.