The West Valley Eagles finished the regular season with a 21-point win over Yreka and await their seeding after Saturday’s seeding meeting. (File photo / Shasta County Sports)
COTTONWOOD – The Eagles wrapped up Northern Athletic League play in a dominant 72-51 win over Yreka.
West Valley is heading into the Division IV playoffs and is awaiting a possible No. 1 seed when brackets are announced on Saturday. The Eagles finish the regular season 21-6, 9-1 NAL.
Friday night’s matchup added to the impressive resume of the Eagles as they knocked off Yreka 72-51 with a total collective effort.
Lambert Salvatierra led his squad with an impressive double-double 10 points and 16 assists, 12 of those coming in the first half. Tyler Chan led the Eagles with 25, while Sean Proscher added 22.
“We just got to play the same way we’ve been playing all year. We can’t underestimate anyone even if you’re the top seed. We just to go out and play our game,” Salvatierra said.
After Yreka opened the game with a 10-2 run, West Valley responded with a 15-1 run out of the timeout to close the quarter. Salvatierra setup up four of his teammates on four possessions in a row. finding them on backdoor cuts and fast break layups.
The second quarter was the turning point for the Eagles as they jumped out to a 20-point lead going into the break. Chan would score eight of his team high 25 points in the quarter and hit two of his 5 3-pointers.
From that point, the Miners would only cut the lead to 11 and couldn’t pull within single digits.
For Yreka, it didn’t have an answer for West Valley after the Miners were up 10-2 midway through the first quarter. Jarrett Gaither led the way for the Miners with 24 points.
“ I think we are doing really well and our record and the teams we played merit that. I think we deserve the No. 1 seed. You know the bottom line is none of that really matters though, you’re in playoffs and it’s do or die,” Eagles coach James O’Brien said. “Whether you’re playing the 12, 8, or 2 seed, you’ve got to win games. If you want to get to the ultimate goal, which is the section title game.”
West Valley 72, Yreka 51
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West Valley (21-6, 9-1 NAL) Chan 25, Proscher 22, Smith 10, Salvatierra 10, Montgomery 3, Larkins 2.
Yreka (13-17, 3-7 NAL) Gaither 24, Cool 10, Birch 9, Namanny 8 3-Pointers-Yreka 4 ( Gaither 3, Birch) West Valley- 8 (Chan 5, Proscher 2, Montgomery)