Shasta boys use second-half burst to distance themselves from Chico in 69-56 win

Chico coach Abe Simmons said before Friday’s game that the Panthers Achilles heel all season has been the third period. The uber-young Panthers do well, he said, in the opening 16 minutes, but have had a hard time coming out of intermission.

The Shasta boys basketball team made Simmons’ words prophetic as the Wolves came out of the locker room nursing a 28-25 lead and proceeded to – after four-possession blip – blitz the Panthers for a 12-0 run over a two-minute span to extend the halftime lead from three to a 38-25 edge en route to a 69-56 victory at Harlan Carter Gym.

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Foothill outmuscles Shasta for a 65-53 road league win

There’s a 1954 book called “How to Lie with Statistics.” The premise is that numbers can, at times, be distorted and twisted to tell half-truths and partial stories.

There was no stretching the truth Thursday to the fact that the stat sheet said the Foothill boys basketball team outrebounded Shasta 36-18 in a 65-53 Eastern Athletic League win at Harlan Carter Gym. The other telling stat was that the Cougars made as many free throws as the Wolves had boards.

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Shasta boys take Dennis Burnum title with 58-54 win over Paradise

The strategy was simple … don’t let Joe Lawrie beat you. The Shasta boys basketball team was clinging to a 56-53 lead over Paradise with 11.9 seconds left in the title game of the Dennis Byrnum title game at Oroville High School. Shasta’s Caden Turner had just connected on both ends of a one-and-one to put Shasta up by three as the Wolves called timeout to finalize their strategy.

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