During Friday’s boy’s varsity basketball game between the Colusa RedHawks and the Pierce Bears, a somber crowd gathered to pay tribute to fallen police officer, Natalie Corona, a Pierce Alumni.
Both teams dressed in blue shirts adorned with a heart shaped American flag and Corona’s name, and their shoes carried a thin blue line police flag decal which read “RIP NC.”
The crowd observed a moment of silence in honor of Corona.
Despite playing with heavy hearts, the Bears opened up with a 12-0 run against the RedHawks and never gave up the lead, as they secured a 72-54 victory.
Colusa came within eight points at the end of the first quarter with an 11-19 score, but this would be the smallest score deficit of the night.
“We are going to change our defense, said Colusa’s head coach, Brian Davis, with a 35-23 score at the half. “We came out a little scared in the first half, but look for a change in the second,”
However, the second half of the game ensued with an explosive defensive run from the Bears, allowing the Redhawks only 12 in the third. Colusa, unable to recover and capalize on three steals from Mason Saso in the fourth, gave Arbuckle the win to secured a first place spot in the Sacramento Valley League with a 14-4, 2-0 record. Colusa falls into second, 13-6. 1-1.
For the RedHawks, Connor Saso sat at the top with 17 points and Blake Steidlmayer added 10 points.
Four Bears’ players finished with double-digit points, led by senior Jonathan Corchado with 25 points, followed by Daniel Medina with 16 points. Eduardo Paiz and Luke Vorhees contributed 12 and 10 points.
Arbuckle descends to Winters Friday for a conference match-up at 7 p.m. Colusa travels to Marysville with game-play at 7 PM. ■