The Golden Eagles men’s basketball team defeated Butte, 75-65, on Jan. 17 in their first home game of the season.
The Eagles spent November, December and the first part of January on the road, mostly playing in tournaments.
Feather River College played its first conference game Jan. 12 against College of the Redwoods, stomping them 80-61. The Eagles continued their streak last week with the win over Butte.
The Eagles sent a message to Butte at the start of the game. The Eagles’ Dion Hutts made back-to-back three-pointers in the opening minute.
After rocketing off to a great start, the Eagles gained a decent lead, which they kept the entirety of the game. Within six minutes of play, FRC was up 17-10.
But the Eagles stumbled after pushing the lead to 23-10. FRC hit a wall and had difficulty getting past it. Butte scored 12 unanswered points to cut the lead to 23-22.
The Eagles regained their composure. At halftime FRC was up 43-37.
Toward the beginning of the second half it looked as if Butte would make another comeback. The Eagles missed several opportunities and the Roadrunners took advantage.
The lead was too great, however, and the closest Butte came to evening the score was to trail by four. The Eagles continued with their plan and held on for the 10-point victory.
The two biggest threats to the Eagles in the game were Butte’s Kenneth Bell and Chase Drews. Bell and Drews dominated Butte’s scoring.
The Eagles keyed in on them from the beginning and stopped them from controlling the ball. The tactic worked as it became up to the rest of Butte’s team to win the game — to no avail.
Last year’s Golden Valley Conference MVP Andrew Lotts Jr. was the top scorer for the Eagles with 15 points. Lotts is currently leading in scoring for community colleges in the state this season.
Rueben Nwando scored 14 points before being fouled out. Trey McGruder also contributed 14 points for the Eagles.
FRC traveled to Susanville on Jan. 19 to take on Lassen Community College. A report of the game will be in the Jan. 30 sports section. The Eagles play Shasta College on Jan. 24 in Redding.