Shasta boys head into playoffs on hot streak after 79-34 win over Red Bluff

Caden Turner had 18 points in Friday’s 79-34 win over Red Bluff. (File photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

The Shasta boys basketball team played Friday’s Senior Night game a little like its season – start slow and get hot toward the end.

The Wolves got 54 points in the middle quarters to pull away from Red Bluff for a 79-34 win in the regular-season finale. Shasta (15-12, 5-5 Eastern Athletic League) got 18 points from Caden Turner and JT Beasley, while Caden Cushamn chipped in 14 and James Weaver added 11.

Shasta likely will be the No. 4 seed in the Northern Section Division III playoffs when seeds are announced Saturday morning. The Wolves likely opponent is Chico, which lost 59-37 to Enterprise on Friday.

“You want to be playing best basketball at the end of the year and we are definitely hitting our strides.,” Shasta coach Jordan Freilich said. “Gotta keep it going though.”

On Friday, the Wolves started slow, missing multiple layups in the opening period, but still jumping out to a 13-4 lead after the first period.

The game was physical and chippy as the two teams have recent history with a rough-and-tumble affair in Red Bluff in the first EAL go-round.

Cushman got the Wolves jumpstarted in the second period with an old-fashioned 3-point play and Beasley’s triple with 5:02 left in half put the Wolves up 19-10. From there they went on a 14-4 run over three minutes as Turner’s trey gave Shasta a 34-14 lead with just under 2 minutes to play in the half.

However, a Shasta foul on Cade Corontzos and a technical on Turner gave Red Bluff four free throws and after Jayden Magana hit all four, he drained a 3-pointer to cut the Shasta lead to 34-21. Red Bluff, however, would get no close than 13 the rest of the night.

Shasta took a 40-26 lead into intermission and came out smoking in the third period.

“We’ve got guys who can score in the paint without being 6-5,” Freilich said. “They can score points in the paint just by being crafty.”

Beasley hit a triple off a Corontzos assist, Cushman added a jumper, Jaxon Tuggle added a low-post bucket  and Beasley scored off a Cushman assist to boost the Wolves’ lead to 49-26.

“The first half we missed easy shots and the second half it came together, I don’t know why,”Turner said.

Then it got weird as Valentin Ramirez picked up a personal foul and after the Shasta inbounds picked up an intention foul and technical foul and was taken out of the game by Red Bluff administration.

Turner hit the four free throws and Shasta’ had a 53-26 lead with more than 4 minutes remaining in the period. They would enter the fourth period up 67-30 and buckets from Weaver and Logan Thibodeau pushed the game into running-clock territory.

Red Bluff – 4, 22, 4, 4 – 34
Shasta – 13, 27, 27, 12 – 79
Red  Bluff – Yingling 1,  Wehbey 2, Ramirez 2, Hinkston 2, Schorovosky 3, Harris 4, Robertson 9, Magana 11
Shasta – Tuggle 2, Thibodeau 2, Dhinsa 5, S. Turner 7, Weaver 11, Cushman 14, C. Turner 18, Beasley 18
3-pointers – RB – 3: Robertson, Schorovsky, Magana; Shasta – 8: Cushman, Dhinsa,  Beasley (2), C. Turner (4)

About Aaron Williams

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. In addition to coaching freshman football, Williams is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football team.

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