They play Feather River in Quincy on Wednesday and close out the season at home on Sophomore night with a Wednesday, Feb. 19 game against Lassen.

The College of the Siskiyous Eagle men’s basketball team beat  Golden Valley Conference first-place squad  College of the Redwoods 74-71 at home On Thursday.

COS became the only  GVC squad this season to beat both Redwoods and Butte, the top two teams in the conference. The Thursday night win also kept alive their faint hope for a conference title alive.

Eagle coach Kyle Heath earlier called their Butte victory “the best win of the year.” Asked again, he thought for a moment before dubbing the Redwoods victory the new best win of the year.

Mount Shasta High School grad Kody Bauman dominated, putting down a two-hand slam minutes into the game and then scoring 28 points, grabbing five rebounds, and dishing four assists. He hit 3-of-6 3-pointers and was 3-for-3 from the charity stripe.

The Corsairs had a hot shooting hand to start the game and took a 35-33 lead into halftime. Bauman kept the Eagles in the game, putting up 14 points, while Caleb Taylor added five in the first 20 minutes.

COS started the second half with a 12-0 run that got them a 45-35 lead, and one the Corsairs would chip away at for the rest of the game. Bauman had a stuff-block 10 minutes into the final frame, and when Redwoods clawed back within a point at 62-61, hit a big trey, making the score 65-61 with 2:15 to play.

The Corsairs got within two points again, and then Bauman had a rebound and putback basket to make it 69-65 with a minute left. Redwoods had to begin desperation fouling, and COS came up clutch.

In the 1-and-1 bonus situation where they had to make the first free throw to get to shoot the second one, the Eagles converted all three of their first free throws and were 5-of-6 overall.

Bishop Thomas sank both free throws with 30 seconds left, and Dwayne McClendon hit 3-of-4 in the last 17 seconds to secure the win. All told, the Eagles knocked down 9-of-10 second-half charity stripe shots.

McClendon scored 14 points and Bishop Thomas 14, with both players sinking clutch free throws in the last two minutes.

Sometimes a team wins the war by taking a lot of the small battles. COS hit 11-of-13 free throws while Redwoods went 10 of 15. The Eagles grabbed nine offensive rebounds to Redwood’s six. 

COS had ten turnovers, while Redwoods lost the ball 15 times and shot 28 percent from beyond the arc while the Corsairs hit only 23 percent of their three-point tries.

“The win says something about our guys,” said Heath after the game. “They did everything I asked, and we’re still in the race for the title.”

COS versus Shasta

The Eagles went from the heights to the depths when they were drubbed by Shasta College at home on Saturday 96-61 in a very physical game that saw 40 fouls called and 50 free throws taken.

Frustrated by a no-call when an Eagle player was knocked to the floor in the second half, Heath drew two technicals and was ejected from the game.

The Knights broke open a contest they led 37-31 at halftime with a 59 point outburst in the second half, raining down eight three-pointers and converting 12-of-14 free throws. The Knights knocked down eight treys in the half when the Eagle’s perimeter defense failed.

Dwayne McClendon and Montel Willis each scored 12 points, and J’Quail Hanks added eight. The Eagles dropped to 3-5 in GVC play and 9-16 overall.

They play Feather River in Quincy on Wednesday and close out the season at home on Sophomore night with a Wednesday, Feb. 19 game against Lassen.