The Feather River College men’s basketball team celebrates winning first place in the Golden Valley Conference after beating College of the Siskiyous Wednesday, Feb. 15. Photo submitted
The Feather River College men’s basketball team won the 2012 Golden Valley Conference championship last week.
The Golden Eagles secured the outright championship by defeating College of the Siskiyous 77-66 Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Weed.
Feather River finished league play with an 8-2 record, earning an automatic bid in the California Community College state playoffs.
FRC, seeded 14th, will face third-seeded Santa Rosa Saturday, Feb. 25.
Against College of the Siskiyous, freshman guard Andrew Lotts led the team in scoring with 23 points.
Devin Crisosto, FRC’s 6-foot, 3-inch guard, contributed 14 points and kept constant pressure on the Siskiyous’ defense by attacking the paint and getting to the free-throw line.
Freshman Nicholas Jones also scored 14 points for the Golden Eagles, six of which came from two timely three-point shots that kept the Siskiyous Eagles on their heels.
Sophomore Budweiser Hawkins rounded out FRC’s double-figure scoring with 12 points.
Freshman Rico Allen played a pivotal role for Feather River by converting major free-throws down the stretch and also controlling the tempo of the game with seven points off the bench.
Williams High School product Carlos Velazquez scored five points for FRC, as did 6-foot, 8-inch Luke Medeiros, controlling the glass in the win.
In the Golden Eagles’ prior game to set up the conference title, FRC went on the road to avenge their only home conference loss to Lassen College, defeating the Cougars 88-75.
Feather River’s dynamic duo of Crisosto and Lotts scored 67 of their team’s 88 points. Crisosto gashed the Cougars for 30 points, and Lotts scored a game-high 37 points. Each also pulled down a team-high six rebounds, and Lotts earned a season-high seven steals.
Hawkins made five huge shots for FRC down the stretch and came down with six significant rebounds.
Jones registered nine points and five rebounds for Feather River, while 6-foot, 5-inch freshman Krishnar Penn played a major role defensively with six above-the-rim rebounds in the second half to stop the Cougar attack.