Shasta and Caden Turner were able to cut PV’s lead several times Tuesday, but couldn’t get ahead in a 63-53 EAL loss to the Vikings. (File photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)
The equalizer. Trailing teams seek it and teams with the lead fight to not give it up.
Tuesday, the Pleasant Valley boys basketball team kept Shasta from grabbing the equalizer en route to a 63-53 Eastern Athletic League win at Harlan Carter Gym.
The Vikings got 25 points from Daniel Montoya and 10 from Treyson Keating. PV saw multiple double-digit leads shrink several times throughout the night, but each time the Wolves went on a run, the Vikings were able to staunch the momentum and right the ship.
PV held seven-point leads at the end of the first quarter and half time, up 17-10 and 29-22, respectively, as Montoya’s hot shooting – he had 16 first-half points – paced the Vikings.
“Daniel was huge,” PV coach Tim Keating said. “He’s been playing up and down all year, but if you had an MVP for tonight, it was him. He shot well and shot with confidence.”
But the Wolves (11-9, 1-2 EAL), who failed to show a lot of second-half grit last week in a home loss to Foothill, dug in and battled back in the third period.
Caden Turner and Dilraj Sahota each hit buckets to open the period and Sahota cut the edge to two – 31-29 – with a 3-pointer after Cody Hamilton’s bucket with 5:30 left in the period.
It was a theme of the second half – the Wolves would edge closer, but not all the way, and the Vikings (15-4, 3-0) would regroup and keep Shasta at arm’s length.
“That hurt us tonight not getting that (back to even) but I think it’s an improvement, a good step for us in the future. We at least showed some fight tonight,” Shasta coach Jordan Freilich said. “We had some dog in us tonight.”
After the Wolves trailed 31-29, PV extended the edge to 40-31 on a triple from Eli Thomas and a low-post bucket from Keating. But Shasta would end the period on an 8-0 run as Simon Turner finished an old-fashioned 3-point play, JT Beasley drained a shot from distance and Caden Cushman sank a basket near the end of the quarter.
Still, the Wolves trailed 40-39, a lead Tim Keating said the Vikings needed to maintain.
“Keeping the lead is crucial,” he said. “They’re hitting shots and a talented team and we got a little sloppy.”
PV regrouped during the break between quarters and rattled off five unanswered as Tyler Otterlei scored on the and-one and Colton Whittaker hit a jumper before Caden Turner hit two freebies for Shasta.
The PV lead would see-saw between five and seven for several minutes before Caden Turner cut the edge to 53-51 with 3:35 left. Turner drove to the hoop and scored the bucket and free throw after being fouled by Montoya.
The Vikings’ senior guard, however, would hit one of his five 3-pointers on the ensuing possession to boost the lead to 56-51 and the Wolves had to try and get back in the game by shooting 3s and fouling to extend the game as PV ended the game on a 10-2 run.
Pleasant Valley – 17, 12, 11, 23 – 63
Shasta – 10, 12, 17, 14 – 53
Pleasant Valley – Whittaker 2, Kremer 3, Gomez 3, Thomas 5, Hamilton 6, Otterlei 9, Keating 10, Montoya 25.
Shasta – Corontzos 2, S. Turner 5, Cushman 6, Beasley 7, C. Turner 9, Sahota 10, Dhinsa 14.
3-pointers –Pleasant Valley – 7: Kremer, Thomas Montoya (5) ; Shasta -7: Beasley, Sahota (2), Dhinsa (4)