Part of the reason for his optimism is the return of forward Dwayne McClendon, who was first team all-conference in the GVC when he played for the Eagles in the 2017-2018 season. He's averaged 26 points and eight rebounds in the first three games.

College of the Siskiyous men’s basketball coach Kyle Heath really likes his squad this year.
“It’s a talented team, maybe something special,” he said.
Part of the reason for his optimism is the return of forward Dwayne McClendon, who was first team all-conference in the GVC when he played for the Eagles in the 2017-2018 season. He’s averaged 26 points and eight rebounds in the first three games.
Another reason for Heath’s confidence is the rapid emergence of former Bear Kody Bauman, who played on last year’s Mount Shasta High School state finalist team. He’s averaging 11 points per game but has improved his scoring in each contest until a breakthrough 16-point game against Las Positas.
“He’s a big part of what we’re doing,” said Heath of Bauman. “He’s already had an alley-oop dunk.”
Las Positas ranked number three in the state in the pre-season coach’s poll. The Eagles gave them all they could handle, coming back from a 6-point halftime deficit and just missing a game-winning three at the buzzer to lose 79-77.
McClendon had Siskiyou’s first double of the year. He scored 19 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and went four for seven shooting 3-pointers. Bauman scored 16 points, hitting both his threes and grabbing four rebounds.
Guard Bishop Thomas dished four assists and scored 10 points. He and McClendon were named to the all-tourney team.
The Eagles won their first two games before dropping the squeaker to Las Positas. They beat Canada College 71-67 on Friday with McClendon scoring 28 points on 10 for 13 shooting and hitting three of four three-pointers.
The 6’6” forward has knocked down nine of 13 threes for an astonishing 70 percent success rate. It’s early in the season, but by way of comparison, Steph Curry’s lifetime 3-point goal percentage is 43.5%.
Bauman scored seven points, and five other Eagles scored six or seven points in a balanced attack. Former Mount Shasta Bear Jett Snure grabbed three rebounds and scored two points.
Siskiyous won another close game on Saturday, edging Sacramento City College 74-71 in overtime. They outscored the Panthers 13-10 in the OT to get the win.
McClendon scored 30 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the win. Bauman hit three of four threes, scored 10 points, and had four boards. J’Quail Hanks has been the Eagle’s sixth man, scoring 10 points off the bench against Sac City and 11 points against Las Positas.
COS plays in the Tom Costello Tourney in Sacramento, taking on DeAnza College on Thursday and playing host American River College on Friday.
The Eagle’s next home game will be on Wednesday, Nov. 13 when they play the Simpson College JV team. They won’t have another home contest until late December.