Redding Christian’s Austin Larson scored at least 30 points in four of the Lions’ five games last week and had a double-double in every contest to be named the Tri Counties Bank Player of the Week. (Photo by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)
Points, rebounds, wins, records. It’s all starting to pile up for Redding Christian’s Austin Larson.
The Lions’ senior, who was the Shasta County Sports preseason No. 2 player sponsored by Weaver Lumber and Milgard Windows, has certainly had a December to remember. The most recent game — a 83-54 win over Oasis Academy of Fallon, Nev. — Larson was at his best, turning in a triple-double with a career-high 46 points to set a single-game school scoring record. For the second time in three weeks, Larson is the Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Player of the Week.
Larson led the Lions to a perfect 5-0 week and averaged 37 points, 14.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists along the way. His 46-point effort bested the 43 points Gabe Coleman’s record mark at Redding Christian and did it along with 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
“He worked tirelessly this offseason and has just improved in all areas,” Redding Christian coach Todd Dwyer said. “His shooting has gotten better and his leadership has been tremendous.”
Not only is Larson a scorer, Dwyer mentioned him an as improving leader for a young team and is elevating everyone’s game around him. It’s his overall qualities that have him playing at his peak and helping the Lions to a 17-0 overall record.
“His body language and how he handled adversity has improved greatly,” Dwyer said. “Last year, you could see when he was upset or frustrated (but) this year he’s in total control emotionally and has stayed so positive with his teammates. He’s always high-fiving all his teammates and continues to encourage his teammates even when they struggle or make mistakes.”
Larson also earns a free drink coupon from Black Rose Coffee & Tea, a sponsor for the Player of the Week for the Boys & Girls Basketball season.
Tri Counties Bank Boys Player of the Week
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