Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Player of the Week: Lambert Salvatierra, West Valley

He’s a grinder, who never stops moving on offense and defense and helped the Eagles move on to the Northern Section Division IV quarterfinals with a 72-61 win over No. 8 Colusa on Friday. Salvatierra had a triple-double in the win – 12 points, 11 assists and 10 boards – and is the Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Player of the Week for Week 12.

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Top-seeded West Valley downs No. 8 Colusa 72-61 in D-IV quarterfinals

When it’s the playoffs you do whatever you can to win.

West Valley came into Friday night’s match as the respective No. 1 seed in the Northern Section Division IV playoffs. After having a bye in the first round, West Valley would only get one day of practice in its second week of playoffs due to a snow storm. That wouldn’t stop the Eagles from knocking off eight-seeded seed Colusa 72-61 at home.

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Shasta County Sports Basketball Lunch Pail Gang

Years ago, when I was at the newspaper, I wrote a basketball piece where I highlighted those kids who I loved watching. Not because they would fill up the basket with points, but because they were solid contributors who came to the job daily and just worked. I called them the Lunch Pail Gang.

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Midseason boys basketball MVP Watch List

There’s still a ton of basketball still to be played between now and the section finals in late February. But the start of league, it’s time to take a look at those players that have stepped up their game over the preseason and enter league as legitimate MVP candidates.

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