Golden Eagles stay atop the GVC winning 11 of last 14 games

Special to Feather Publishing

Budweiser Hawkins III Leads FRC over Redwoods

In Saturday's first half, the Feather River College Men’s Basketball team exploded to a 23-7 lead after the Golden Eagles went on a 15-0 run. Devin Crisosto hit two threes while getting to the rack at will scoring 16 of his 17 points in the first half.

Redwoods responded, however, as five different players combined to score 10 straight points, helping CR get back in the game and take a five-point lead (41-36) at halftime.

Feather River started the second half as they duplicated its earlier feat with another 15-0 outburst, as Sophomore Budweiser Hawkins came out on fire defensively with three deflections, a monster block, big-time back to back buckets along with key free throws down the stretch leading the Golden Eagles to a 74-71 victory to remain in first place of the Golden Valley Conference race at 3-1.

Nicholas Jones played a pivotal role in the win hitting a three and a pair of free-throws late in the second half to keep CR at bay. Jones also came up with key defensive stops at crucial times that would haunt Redwoods down the stretch. FRC’s Andrew Lotts -- who entered the game as the third highest scorer in California, hit his per game average on the nose, as he finished with 21 points, 15 of them in the second half, and a trio of 3-pointers. Lotts showed a high-level of perseverance, dogged determination and heart keeping his focus as he hit eleven straight free-throws, two of which sealed the game with seconds remaining in the game.

Devin Crisosto finished the game with 17 points along with Caleb Maxey’s 11 who also finished with his first career double-double for the Golden Eagles. In the first half, Crisosto dominated the first 15 minutes of the game tossing in 16 points, including a pair of pure 3-pointers hitting nothing but net. Four of Maxey's points came via electrifying high-flying dunks, the first on an emphatic put-back and the second on an alley-oop during the 15-0 run of the second half. Maxey dominated the glass with 15 rebounds and clearly was an impact the CR had now answer for. Point guard Grant Miller provided the Golden Eagles with solid leadership in the second half providing lock-down defense and solid decision making on the offensive end. The Lowery High School product showed tremendous poise in the final minutes of the game that also proved to be a major contributor in the win.

The Golden Eagles return home for back to back games as they host College of the Siskiyous Wednesday and Shasta College Saturday with both games tipping off at 7:30 pm.

Feather River 74, Redwoods 71 at College of the Redwoods

FR 36 38 -- 74

CR 41 30 -- 71

Scoring -- N. Jones 6, Hawkins 9, Lotts 21, Crisosto 17, Maxey 11, Penn 4, Medeiros 6

3-pointers -- (FR) Lotts 3, Crisosto 2, N. Jones 1

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