Rueben Nwando (right) slam dunks the ball in the game with College of the Siskiyous to help ensure a Feather River victory. Photos by James Wilson
The Feather River College Golden Eagles men’s basketball team earned two victories over the College of the Siskiyous and Butte College last week. The wins shot the Eagles’ record up to 5-1 in conference.
The Lassen College Cougars loss to Shasta Feb. 2 dropped their record to 5-1 as well, placing the two teams in the first spot of the Golden Valley Conference.
The Eagles traveled to Chico to take on Butte on Feb. 2 and overcame an eight-point deficit at the half to win 63-54. The Eagles played a bit sluggish through the first half with Butte leading 30-22 at halftime.
Feather River stepped up its game after halftime and outscored Butte 41-24 in the final half. One of the major aspects that contributed to FRC’s win was the team’s accuracy with free throws. The Eagles made 16 of their 17 attempts.
“We just kept competing,” said FRC’s coach Randy Rick. “We played really gritty in the second half.”
Last year’s Golden Valley Conference MVP Andrew Lotts Jr. led the Eagles with 23 points and Devin Crisosto contributed 16 points — 13 of which were made in the second half.
The Eagles also hosted Siskiyous on Jan. 31 and stomped the college’s team 92-69. Feather River started big and gained a 9-0 lead within the first couple minutes of play.
The Eagles consistently expanded the lead and they went into the second half ahead 51-30. Feather River kept a 15- to 20-point lead most of the game.
Midway through the second half Siskiyous attempted a comeback and made its way to a 15-point game with FRC ahead 77-62. That was the closest Siskiyous got after the first few minutes of the game. The Eagles eventually finished them off.
“Siskiyous is very athletic,” said Rick. “They are the type of team who can come in and beat some teams on any given night. We played really fundamental basketball, though, and came out with the W.”
Lotts was the high scorer for the Eagles with 16 points. Crisosto was right behind him with 14 points. Cody Gandolfo got his first start for the Eagles and scored 14 points. Gandolfo showed off his skills at long shots and went four-for-eight on the three-pointers.
The Eagles have two games at home this week. Feather River hosts the College of the Redwoods on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Shasta College on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.