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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Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Player of the Week: Sean Proscher, West Valley

Junior Sean Proscher helped the Eagles check off both boxes with wins overs Central Valley and Yreka and earned the Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Player of the Week for Week 11, the third time this season he’s grabbed the honor. Proscher, a scoring machine, dropped 23 against the Falcons and followed that 22 points on Senior Night against Yreka.

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Astro Jump Boys Basketball Team of the Week: U-Prep Panthers

Three days after losing its leading scorer in a Northern Athletic League win over Anderson, the U-Prep Panthers went into a Friday showdown with West Valley knowing a loss would likely sink their league title aspirations. Adding to the difficulty factor, last season’s league MVP, Jordan Miller, was also out against the Eagles with an ankle injury.

But the Panthers responded with a 59-54 win over the Eagles to deadlock Dub-V at 7-1 in NAL play heading into the final week of the regular season. For their perfect week and gritty homecoming win, the U-Prep Panthers are the Astro Jump Boys Basketball Team of the Week. It’s the second time the Panthers have earned the honors.

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