The Shasta basketball team poses with the Dennis Burnum trophy after beating Paradise 58-54 on Saturday. The Wolves are the Astro Jump Boys Basketball Team of the Week. (Courtesy photo)
Trailing by five in the third period of the Dennis Burnum Classic, the Shasta boys basketball team was at a crossroads. A few weeks back, the Wolves might’ve folded after having a lead and surrendering it.
However, Caden Turner, JT Beasley and Dilraj Sahota dug in with the rest of the squad and proceeded to write a 14-point swing before holding on for a 58-54 title-game victory. The Burnum title earned the Wolves the Astro Jump Boys Basketball Team of the Week for Week 6 (Jan. 1-Jan. 7).
Make no doubt, the addition of Sahota and Armal Dhinsa has infused life into the Shasta squad. The U-Prep transfers became eligible recently after the 30-day sit-out period.
“We didn’t hang our heads,” Wolves coach Jordan Freilich said about the championship win. “I’m not sure we come back from that a few weeks ago.”
The Wolves have been without Caden Cushman for an extended period and have relied on the offensive outputs of Beasley and Turner, who are averaging 17 and 14 respectively. A solid supporting cast of Simon Tuner, Jaxon Tuggle, Logan Thibodeau, James Weaver, Cade Corontzos, Nathan Bova and William Soksoda has been infused with the energy of Sahota and Dhinsa. One EAL coach labeled them “dangerous” heading into league.
Shasta enters Eastern Athletic League play Tuesday at 10-7 overall and a road date at Chico on Tuesday before heading home and a Thursday meeting with Foothill.