Pierce takes third at Georgia Raczniak tournament

Jonathan Corchado drives against a Corning defender in the third-place game of the Georgia Raczniak tournament in Colusa on Saturday. Corchado was Pierce's all-tournament selection.

Colusa wins consolation bracket, Williams winless

Pierce overcame a rocky start in the third-place game of the Georgia Raczniak Memorial Tournament in Colusa on Saturday to defeat Corning 53-50.

After shooting poorly in a first quarter where they were outscored 15-2, the Bears inched their way back and took their first lead of the game with just over 2 minutes remaining in the fourth. Pierce needed a solid run of play to get there: Corning was in the double bonus with 7:27 left to go in the game, and held a 48-42 lead with 3:48 still showing on the clock. A Justin Matthews three-pointer made it a one possession game before Jonathan Corchado hit from deep to tie it at 48-48 with three minutes to go. The Bears took the lead on another Matthews three-pointer, and they held it the rest of the way.

Matthews finished with a team-high 17 points in the win against Corning, shooting 6-of-7 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range. Eduardo Paiz and Daniel Medina each scored 10 points for the Bears. Corchado, Pierce’s all-tournament selection, added seven points and hauled in six rebounds, tied for the team high with Luke Voorhees.

RedHawks guard Blake Steidlmayer shoots a three-pointer agains Williams in the second round of the Georgia Raczniak tournament in Colusa on Friday. Steidlmayer was selected to the all-tournament team.

Pierce opened the tournament against Yreka on Thursday, coming away with a 60-54 win. The Bears saw a 17-point halftime lead dwindle by the end of the game, but held on down the stretch.  Medina was the top scorer on the night with a 24-point outing, followed closely by Corchado’s 20. Corchado turned in a solid all-around night, adding seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals. Luke Voorhees was strong on the boards for the Bears with 10 rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end. 

On Friday, Pierce fell to Marysville, the eventual tournament champions, 60-49. Pierce had trouble shooting as a team, and particularly so from range: they shot just 34 percent from the field, and made just two of their 13 three-point attempts. 

Matthews’ 14 points led the Bears, while Corchado and Medina each chipped in with 11. 

Pierce (7-3) hosted Pioneer (2–10) last night. Results were not available at press time. The Bears host Woodland (5-7) tomorrow at 7 PM.

Colusa nips Yreka in Consolation final

After a strong second quarter put Colusa in front 36-35 lead heading into the half, a barrage of three-pointers early in the third quarter – two from sophomore Mason Saso and one from senior all-tournament selection Blake Steidlmayer – helped Colusa take a 57-52 lead heading into the fourth. Despite a late surge by the Miners, the RedHawks were able to fend off a Yreka comeback and came away with a 71-69 victory.

With about three minutes left in the game, the lead stood at four points after Yreka’s Coleson Rice hit a three-pointer. Colusa’s Yassine Lamsiah earned a trip to the free-throw line, where he hit 1-of-2 to extend the lead back to five. A Tycen Birch three-pointer cut Colusa’s lead to a single possession, before a Nathan Laffoon basket brought Yreka even at 67-67, with a little over two minutes remaining in the game. Colusa regained the lead with 1:20 left on the clock, when a deft pass from Lamsiah found Conner Saso under the basket. Saso drained the layup, giving the RedHawks a 69-67 lead. Colusa never trailed from there, and was up 71-69 when a last-second, three-quarter court shot by Yreka failed to find its mark. 

Colusa opened it’s own tournament with a 61-54 loss to Corning on Thursday. The RedHawks entered the fourth quarter down 49-38. Despite surging for 18 points in the final quarter, seven of which came from sophomore Christian Mata, Colusa still trailed by six when all was said and done.
Mata turned in a 18-point, 10-rebound double-double, both team-highs for Colusa. Steidlmayer distributed a team-high six assists, adding four steals, four rebounds, and seven points. Lamsiah also scored seven points on a limited but efficient night of shooting, hitting 3-of-4 shots from the field and sinking his lone shot from the charity stripe. Sammy Moreno and Conner Saso chipped in nine and eight points, respectively.

The RedHawks rebounded from their opening round loss against cross-county rivals Williams on Friday, coming away with a narrow, come-from-behind victory, 52-51 win. 

Colusa outscored Williams 20-6 down the stretch, erasing the 17-point lead Williams held to open the fourth quarter. Conner Saso led all scorers with 21 points. Lamsiah added eight points, while Steidlmayer scored seven. The latter RedHawk added 11 rebounds, six assists, and three steals – all team-highs. 

For Williams, Carlos Gonzalez led the scoring effort with 14 points, followed by Anthony Davalos with 13. Williams found their way into the consolation bracket by an opening-day loss to eventual tournament runners-up Lower Lake. A 27-point afternoon from Anthony Davalos – Williams’ all-tournament selection – wasn’t enough to push the Yellowjackets past the Trojans. Mo Hernandez added 10 points in the loss. 

Following their loss to Colusa, Williams fell to Gridley 61-43 on Saturday in their final game of the tournament. Anthony Davalos once again led Williams in scoring with 15 points. Hunter Povlsen and Mo Hernandez each scored eight points.  

Colusa (7-4) travels to Sutter (2-6) tonight to play the Huskies. The varsity tip-off is scheduled for 6 PM. Williams (9-5) returns to action on Jan. 9 on the road against Colusa. ■

Brian Pearson
Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net