Larson leads Lions to Greenville Tournament victory

Lions pose in the snow in Greenville before their championship game Saturday. (Photo by Donna Black)

The Redding Christian boys basketball team pounded its competition over the weekend to win the John Holland Tournament in Greenville, winning by an average of 41 points per game.

The Lions’ Austin Larson — Shasta County Sports’ No. 2 ranked preseason player presented by Weaver Lumber & Milgard Windows — nearly matched the scoring of all three opponents, scoring 85 points across the three games compared to the 101 points the Lions allowed.

Redding Christian 74, Maxwell 34

Redding Christian’s boys team pulled away through the last three quarters to defeat Maxwell by 40 points at the tournament in Greenville Thursday night.  Larson scored 26 points on 10 for 18 shooting and added 16 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks. Tyler Vickery went 4 of 7 shooting, scoring 14, and Drew Nelson-Crowell added 14 points. Jackson Black and Freshman Jaiden Piercy added seven and six rebounds respectively as the Lions improved to 2-0.

Redding Christian 78 Herlong 28

Redding Christian continued their series of blowout wins, running away from Herlong 39-9 in the first half, and never looking back en-route to a 50 point win at the Greenville Tournament on Friday. Larson scored 27 points on 10-12 shooting and added 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.  Black added 14 points and 7 rebounds, Nelson-Crowell 12 points and six rebounds, and Piercy scored 10 points.  Freshman point guard Shane Harper contributed 5 assists and 7 points, while Vickery added 9 points on three three-pointers.

Redding Christian 72, Williams 39

Redding Christian completed the John Holland Tournament in Greenville with a 3-0 record, taking the Championship by defeating Williams 72-39.  Larson had 32 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 assists in the championship game, while Black chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds.  Nelson-Crowell and Vickery added 9 points apiece, while Piercy contributed 8.

The 4-0 Lions will next play in the Calistoga Tournament next week.

About Wil Keepers

Wil Keepers is a teacher, coach, and more recently writer, who teaches Science and coaches Track and Cross Country at Redding Christian. He has eighteen years of experience as a teacher, twelve 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 has written a self-published historical fiction novel, and is almost 100 pages into a second one. In January of 2018, he began writing sports articles for the online East Valley Times and in August began writing for Shasta County Sports. He has been married for 21 years, and has a daughter at Shasta College and two daughters at Redding Christian School.

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