P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week: Donny Santana


    LEWISTON, ID -- We are now at the point of the high school basketball season where, having what's called "killer instinct" or the "clutch gene" matters.

    For Lewiston senior guard Donny Santana, he's familiar with those two factors.

    "There's definitely some games, more than others, where the bucket just looks big," Santana said. "So, you just keep shooting. Shooters got to shoot so I just keep shooting."

    The "shooters shoot" mentality is what Santana thinks when he's on the court.

    Meaning, if there's a shot, he's going to take it.

    During his senior season, he's averaging nearly 20 points per game, shooting nearly 40 percent from the 3-point line and 52 percent from 2-pointers.

    "I probably get most points from 3-pointers or I get a lot of points from the free throw line," He said. "It's always nice to get a wide open three to go down."

    And he was able to score a lot of points this past Friday.

    He scored a game-high 23 against Coeur d'Alene.

    With the win, Lewiston locked up the two-seed in the 5A Inland Empire League district tournament.

    "It's pretty cool, knowing that we're going to get to play in front of your fans one last time because we like playing in front of them," He said.

    This Friday, Lewiston will face CDA once again.

    This time, it'l be for a chance to do to the district championship.

    "We have a pretty good rivalry with Couer d'Alene. Every time we play them it gets chippy," Santana said. "So, I'm excited because I just like that and talking to some of the players."

    He then chuckled while talking about competitive banter with the CDA Vikings.

    Playing in his last basketball season at LHS, there's just one more thing that he wants to do before he hangs up the Bengal's jersey: win a state title.

    "It's number one on my to dos right now because that's all I really want," He said. "And we have the team to do it. We just got to come through when it matters. But it's very important to me."

    As always, if you would like to nominate an athlete, email us at news@klewtv.com.

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