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Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Player of the Week: Austin Larson

If you aren’t paying attention to Austin Larson this season,clear your schedules. It looks like he’s playing 2K on “Rookie” mode.

Redding Christian’s Austin Larson was the Tri Counties Bank Player of the Game after averaging 30 points per game during the four-game tournament in Calistoga. (Photo by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

If you aren’t paying attention to Austin Larson this season, clear your schedules. It looks like he’s playing 2K on “Rookie” mode.

The Redding Christian senior not only has led the Lions to a 9-0 start but took home MVP honors at the Gene Duffy Holiday Classic in Calistoga after averaging 30 points, 11 rebounds, 6.5 assists per game over the four-game tournament. That’s why he’s the Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Player of the Game.

Yes, you read that right, he’s averaging better than a double-double. He totaled one triple-double in the tournament opening win over Technology with 29 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. He made two key baskets and had two big assists to help the Lions pull away against Credo and got everyone involved in a blowout win over Roseland Collegiate Prep, head coach Todd Dwyer said. In the tournament final, a 12-point victory over Morro Bay, Larson scored eight straight points after their lead was cut to five and had key defensive rebounds against Morro Bay’s 6-foot, 10-inches center.

“He has just done whatever has been needed, obviously scoring and rebounding big, but also leading our young team,” Dwyer said.

Larson was the Shasta County Sports Preseason No. 2 player, presented by Weaver Lumber and Milgard Windows.

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

Week 1 – Josiah Hutt, Foothill 
Week 2 – Austin Larson, Redding Christian

T.J. is a national-award winning journalist passionate about local news and telling the story no one else knows about. He’s roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010 and is a content producer from sunup to sundown. Sports are a hobby he shares with his wife Tracy where they’ve spent many dates around a field or court of some sort.

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