JT Beasley, seen in a photo from Harlan Carter, scored 11 in the Wolves’ 57-47 loss to West Valley in the opener of the Jamie Angley Hornet Classic on Thursday. (File photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)
There’s a moment in every comeback, where a team pushes through and gets over the hump and all the hard work and sweat pays off.
There’s also moments where a team pushes and pushes to get close, but isn’t able to take the lead only to see their opponent stretch things back out to a comfortable margin.
The latter happened Thursday as the Shasta Wolves got within one with just over 5:30 left to play, but couldn’t climb ahead of West Valley and fell 57-47 to the Eagles in the opening round of the Jamie Angley Hornet Classic. It was the second time in just over two weeks that the Wolves lost to the Eagles, the first being a 68-54 loss in Cottonwood on Dec. 11.
Shasta falls to the loser’s bracket and takes on Elk Grove at 4, while West Valley plays at 7 against U-Prep, which beat the Thundering Herd 37-36.
The Eagles actually trailed early as Shasta jumped to a 10-4 lead five minutes into the game. But Mike Smith’s and-one and Tyler Chan’s basket gave West Valley an 11-10 lead after one period – a lead it would never relinquish.
In fact, the Eagles would build on the lead in the second quarter, shooting 6 of 10 from the field in the period. Five of the six, however, were 3-pointers as Sean Proscher and Marcus Francescut each nailed a triple while Chan had the remaining three treys in the period to extend the lead to 28-21 at intermission. Chan had 15 of his 19 by the break.
The teams traded runs in the third period as West Valley started with a 5-0 run over the first four minutes of the quarter and Shasta countered with 11-5 run to end the quarter to head into the final stanza down 36-32.
JT Beasley opened the fourth for the Wolves with a fast-break bucket off a Caden Turner steal to cut the lead to two. Proscher’s two freebies put West Valley up 38-34 before Turner’s drive down the left side again cut the lead to two.
Proscher calmly nailed a 3-pointer from the wing after a jump ball, but back-to-back buckets from Beasley and Turner cut the lead to 41-40 … and gave Shasta the chance it’d been looking for all night.
The Eagles, however, came out of a timeout after Beasley’s basket and Lambert Salvatierra got to the line as the shot clock wound down. He hit both free throws. Turner again cut the margin to one. But the Wolves would go cold at the same time the West Valley shooters got hot.
Proscher buried a triple from the left corner and 30 seconds later Logan Scholberg canned a trey from the top of the arc to boost the Eagles’ lead to 49-42. Proscher and Salvatierra each would hit a pair of free throws in the one-and-one bonus to bump the lead to 11 as Shasta was 2 of its last nine attempts from the field over the final 4:30 of the game.
Proscher finished with a game-high 24 points, while Chan added 19. Turner paced the Wolves with 19, while Beasley added 11, James Weaver chipped in eight and Simon Turner scored seven.
Shasta – 10, 11, 11, 15 – 47
West Valley – 11, 17, 8, 21 – 57
Shasta – Corontzos 2, S. Turner 7, Weaver 8, Beasley 11, C. Turner 19.
West Valley – Smith 3, Scholberg 3, Francescut 3, Salvatierra 5, Chan 19, Proscher 24.
3-pointers – Shasta: 4 – S. Turner, C. Turner (3); West Valley: 7 – Francescut, Scholberg, Proscher (2), Chan (3).
U-Prep 37, Elk Grove 36
The Panthers survived a turnover off an inbounds pass with 6.4 seconds left as the Thundering Herd’s last-second shot was off the mark.
Tanner Stephens gave U-Prep its first lead of the game on a jumper toward the start of the fourth period as the Panthers went up 33-32. Elk Grove’s Samir Khan sank two free throws to put his squad back up, 34-33, but senior Mark Stephens hit on back-to-back possessions to give U-Prep a 37-34 lead with 3 minutes left in the contest.
Elk Grove freshman Ameere Britton snuck in the back door on an inbounds play for an easy duece, but Khan and Gab Alcaraz each missed two free throws and U-Prep held on to advance to play West Valley at 7 p.m. Elk Grove meets Shasta in a rematch of last year’s Angley opening round.
In the late game, McKinleyville beat Oroville 62-44 and the Panthers will play Enterprise, while the Tigers draw Tokay on the loser’s side of the bracket.
U-Prep – 13, 11, 7, 6 – 37
Elk Grove – 16, 13, 3, 4 – 36
U-Prep – Miller 2, K. Jones 5, T. Jones 6, T. Stephens 7, M. Stephens 7, Hawes 10.
Elk Grove – Alcaraz 1, James 2, Britton 2, Garay 2, Nazem 2, Green 3, Gillyard 4, Khan 5, Aragon 6, Le 9.
3-pointers – U-Prep: 2 – K. Jones, M. Stephens; Elk Grove: 4 – Green, Le (3)
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