Colusa boys finish second from bottom in Oroville tournament
The RedHawks traveled to Oroville for the 25th annual Dennis Burnum Classic basketball tournament, which took place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week.
Colusa opened the tournament with a tough, 64-59 loss to tournament co-host Las Plumas. Colusa held the lead for most of the game, but were undone by a collapse in the fourth quarter that saw the Thunderbirds outscore the RedHawks 28-10.
The loss came despite an impressive effort from Tylor Gerrard, who was absolute force on the boards with an eye-popping 28 rebounds. Gerrard scored 15 points to finish with a double-double and Blake Steidlmayer – who finished with 10 points – was the only other RedHawk to score in double-digits.
Colusa followed Thursday’s loss with another heart-breaker against Gridley on Friday, losing 62-59. Colusa once again held the lead heading into the final frame, but the Bulldogs rode a 21-point fourth quarter to a victory over the RedHawks. Conner Saso led Colusa scorers with 17 points, Will Kalisuch chipped in 14, Gerrard added nine and Steidlmayer and Gerry Moreno had eight apiece.
Colusa bounced back on Saturday against Casa Roble with a commanding 67-48 win and avoided a last place finish in the tournament. Gerrard finished a rebound shy of another double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Conner Saso again led the RedHawks with 16 points. Kalisuch had 11 points, and Raymond Frias finished with eight.
Colusa (12-4) closes its non-league schedule on Thursday against Durham before opening Sacramento Valley League play against Pierce (6-8) in Arbuckle next week.
Woodland 62, Pierce 56 – The Bears were the better team for three quarters, but a second quarter scoring lapse proved to be their undoing in Woodland on Thursday. After jumping out to a 19-16 lead in the first, Pierce was outscored by Woodland 19-4 in the second and never recovered as they struggled shooting from the field (37 percent) and from the free-throw line (33 percent) as a team.
Scoring in double-digits for Pierce were Jonathan Corchado (16 points), Gabe Villa (12 points), and Ramon Paiz (10 points).
Durham 55, Colusa 39 – Sophomore Carly Lay nearly had a double-double in her first varsity basketball game, scoring 10 points and hauling in nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to lift the RedHawks over the Trojans on Wednesday night. Edith Moreno turned in a solid night with 11 points and six rebounds, while Abby Huskey scored nine points. Colusa opens Sacramento Valley League play next week at home against Pierce.
Colusa 2, Hamilton City 2 – The RedHawks traveled to Hamilton City on Thursday to take on the Braves in a non-league tilt and came away with a hard-fought tie. Hamilton struck first in the 10th minute when a shot was deflected in off a corner kick, just out of the reach of Colusa’s keeper. Colusa answered back just before the half on a Leo Guzman goal, assisted by Ulises Galvan. Hamilton went ahead again in the 50th minute, putting the score at 2-1, but Colusa kept the pressure up on the offensive end and scored the equalizer on a goal from Galvan. The score held to the final whistle. Keeper Andy Lopez had four saves. Thursday’s game was the last non-league contest for Colusa (6-3-2), which opened league play against Pierce in Arbuckle yesterday.
Colusa plays Winters at home tomorrow at 3:15 PM.
Colusa 7, Hamilton 0