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Fall River boys demolish Maxwell 77-37 in D-VI quarterfinal

Fall River's Ryan Osborne, pictured earlier this season against Redding Christian, scored 20 points in the Bulldogs 77-37 win over Maxwell in the Northern Section Division VI playoffs Friday night. (Contributed photo by Jennifer Leighton)

The Fall River Boys opened the 2020 Division VI playoffs like the Shasta County Sports Team of the Week should, destroying the Maxwell Panthers 77-37 in their opening round game Friday night. Playoff coverage is presented by Redding Rancheria.

Fall River was honored as team of the week after winning the Shasta Cascade League with a 9-1 league record and 21-5 overall record, and appeared to be peaking at the right time as the playoffs began. Nothing in this game dispelled that notion. Fall River got out to a 20-6 first quarter lead thanks to stellar defense and terrific ball movement.  The defense was aggressive, sometimes too aggressive, but the flustered Panthers struggled shooting early, even when they got open looks, and Fall River took advantage with second chance points.

Ryan Osborne scored seven in the quarter and Timmy Westlund’s inside defense through the second half of the quarter help Fall River get rolling early.

In the second it was more of the same. Osborne added seven more points in the quarter and Cody Corder got it going, hitting for six points, and again, five other Bulldogs added a basket, and Fall River outscored the Panthers 25-12. With a 45-18 lead, the rout was on.

But though Royce Knoch scored 10 of his 12 in the third and Fall River built the lead to 36 by the end of the third quarter.

Maxwell senior Isaiah Cardenas finished with 21 points in the game. He was all over the court and his first step was quick and his engine wouldn’t quit, even when the game was 40 points against him. He was held in check early, but in the middle quarters, he stood out.

The Bulldogs were led by Osborne with 20 points and Westlund added 11 points while seven other players contributed points.

Fall River (22-5) will travel to Quincy to face the 2 seed Trojans on Tuesday, the champions of the MVL League with a 23-5 record while in the other D-VI semifinal Redding Christian (25-3) will host Weed (19-4).

Maxwell 6-12-13-6–37
Fall River 20-25-22-10–77
Fall River: Osborne 20, T Westlund 11, Knoch 8, J Oilar 8, Meeker 8, K Westlund 6, Corder 6, Bidwell 6, Howard 4.

Wil Keepers is a teacher, coach, and writer, who now teaches Science and coaches Track and Cross-Country at Fall River High School. He has 18 years of experience as a teacher, 12 years experience as a cross-country coach, nine years experience as a track coach, and six years coaching middle school basketball. He began writing four years ago and in August 2018 began writing for Shasta County Sports. He has been married for 21 years, and has three daughters

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