Hot-shooting West Valley drops U-Prep 58-43 in Jamie Angley Hornet Classic

West Valley’s Tyler Chan hits a jumper in the 58-43 win over U-Prep in the semifinals of the Jamie Angley Hornet Classic Friday night at Enterprise High School. (T.J. Holmes/Shasta County Sports)

West Valley is finding a recipe for success through the first month of the season: get the jump shots going early on and wear teams down by attacking the rim to close it out.

The Eagles never trailed in a convincing 58-43 win over the U-Prep Panthers Friday night in a semifinal of the Jamie Angley Hornet Classic at Enterprise High’s Manatowa Gymnasium, picking up their seventh win in the past eight contests.

West Valley (11-4) advances to Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. final against tournament host Enterprise, which needed triple overtime to beat McKinleyville 85-80.

In a game between two of the hottest teams in Shasta County, West Valley’s 23-point opening quarter behind five 3-pointers was too much for a U-Prep (11-4) team to overcome. Tyler Chan had a pair of downtown buckets in the first few minutes and finished with 11 of his game-high 17 points in the opening period. Combining that with Lambert Salvatierra’s court awareness and shooting ability to knock down eight points put West Valley ahead 23-13 after one.

“It’s a fire-starter,” Chan said. “Once one guy gets going it gets us pumped up and ready to keep playing.”

U-Prep muscled its way to 45 rebounds in an 11-point win in the previous meeting on Dec. 7. West Valley sat back in its 2-3 zone and limited the Panthers around the glass, Eagles coach James O’Brien said.

FRIDAY SCORES
West Valley 58, U-Prep 43
Enterprise 85, McKinleyville 80 (3OT)
Shasta 66, Elk Grove 56
Oroville 70, Tokay 56

The second quarter belonged to junior Sean Proscher, who scored 10 of West Valley’s 14 points in the period. He banked in a high floater for a 10-point lead, later attacked the rim for 2 and scored the final five points of the half, fueled by an and-1 for a 37-22 advantage at intermission.

“That’s what Sean does, he takes over the game,” Chan said. “He loves the game and plays with heart.”

Salvatierra and Logan Scholberg traded 3s with U-Prep’s Kaden Jones. U-Prep went to its short game with Logan Hawes before Tanner Stephens made back-to-back buckets. But Salvatierra muscled his way to the rim for 2 and banked in a runner as the clock expired to head into the fourth up 14.

“Typically when we play well, we’re shooting well from outside,” O’Brien said. “We mixed in a few 3s in there but got a lot of points from back cuts and screens and going to the bucket and in transition.

“That’s when we’re at our best. It puts more pressure on the defense because they don’t know to sag a defender and guard inside or cover a shooter.”

U-Prep went nearly five minutes without a field goal in the fourth quarter and Salvatierra’s cross-court pass to Chan for a layup followed by Scholberg’s 3 made it a 19-point game before U-Prep coach Mark Stephens emptied the bench with 2:43 left.

Salvatierra scored 16 points and Proscher added 14 points while U-Prep’s Tanner Stephens scored 11 points.

West Valley 58, U-Prep 43
West Valley 23-14-12-9—58
U-Prep 13-9-13-8—43
West Valley (11-4): Chan 17, Proscher 14, Salvatierra 13, Scholberg 6, Smith 6, Francescut 2.
U-Prep (11-4): T. Stephens 11, T. Jones 9, K. Jones 7, M. Stephens 6, L. Hawes 6, Miller 4.
3-pointers—West Valley 8 (Chan 3, Salvatierra 3, Scholberg 2), U-Prep 5 (T. Jones 2, T. Stephens 2, K. Jones 1).

OTHER GAMES

Enterprise 85, McKinleyville 80 (3OT)

The Hornets’ Khristian Clements buried a buzzer-beater 3 at the top of the key to force the first extra period. He attacked the rim for an and-1 layup in second overtime for a 72-71 lead with 48 seconds remaining but McKinleyville tied it at 73 to force a third overtime.

In the third OT, it was freshmen Brennan Ramirez and Demarreya Lewis-Cooper who shined. Ramirez made a pair of free throws for an 82-80 lead, the Hornets drew an offensive foul and Lewis-Cooper made 3 of 4 freebies in the final 17 seconds to secure the victory and send the Hornets into the tournament title game.

Clements tallied a game-high 42 points, scoring 26 of those in the fourth quarter and three overtime periods. Lewis-Cooper and Kobe Fuller each scored 12 points and Adam Shoff added 10 points.

McKinleyville’s Isaac Puzz scored 29 points and AJ Stubbs added 27 points in the loss. The Panthers play the U-Prep Panthers in the third place game Saturday at 4 p.m.

Shasta 66, Elk Grove 56

The Wolves outscored the Thundering Herd 31-17 in the middle quarters and got a 32-point outburst from junior JT Beasley, who knocked down six 3s in the game and was a perfect 10 for 10 from the charity stripe. Cade Turner added 12 points and six steals, Simon Turner’s 12 rebounds paced the Wolves and Cade Corontzos grabbed nine boards.

Gab Alcaraz was the lone player in double figures for Elk Grove with 10 points.

Shasta plays Oroville in the consolation final Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Oroville 70, Tokay 56

The Tigers jumped out to a 28-11 lead after the opening quarter in the consolation semifinal.

Troy Moench and Jaden Burgess scored 16 points each and Tyler Dolan added 14 points for Oroville (6-7).

Tokay’s Adam Johnson scored 23 points.

Tokay plays Elk Grove for seventh place at 1 p.m.

About T.J. Holmes

T.J. is a national award-winning journalist who has roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010. He shares his passion for sports and the community with his fiancé Tracy, who works alongside him as a videographer for Shasta County Sports. Story tip: shastacountysports@gmail.com.

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