The Shasta Cascade League belongs to the Bulldogs.
One of the top small school squads in the Northern Section, Fall River beat both upper division squads Trinity and Modoc last week to capture the SCL title for the first time since 2016-17. The Bulldogs are the Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Team of the Week for the final week of the regular season.
Fall River, which finished the SCL 9-1 and the regular season 21-5, won the second half in both games, outscoring opponents 76-43. Even more impressive, the Bulldogs led Trinity by only one and trailed Modoc 22-17 before exploding in the second half.
It helps to have a young nucleus in sophomores Royce Knoch, Ryan Osborne and Cody Corder mixed with senior standouts Tim Westlund and Jarom Oilar. In the 62-48 win over Trinity, Corder and Knoch each scored 11 points, Osborne and Oilar had nine points each and Westlund leading everyone with a double-double with 17 points and 10 steals. That’s how a senior leads the pack.
In the 59-54 win over Modoc, Oilar stepped up to be the leading scorer with 12 points and Westlund added nine points. But both Knoch and Osborne contributed heavily with eight points and five steals apiece.
On the year, both Westlund and Knoch rank in the top five in assists and steals per game in Shasta County. The balance of veteran players and the youth movement is not only working this season for the Bulldogs but looks promising for the years to come.
Fall River opens the playoffs as the No. 3 seed in the Division VI bracket and hosts No. 6 Maxwell on Friday at 8 p.m.
Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Team of the Week
Week 1: Foothill Cougars
Week 2: Foothill Cougars
Week 3: Redding Christian Lions
Week 4: Enterprise Hornets
Week 5: Anderson Cubs
Week 6: Foothill Cougars
Week 7: Foothill Cougars
Week 8: U-Prep Panthers
Week 9: Enterprise Hornets
Week 10: Shasta Wolves
Week 11: Fall River Bulldogs
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