College of the Siskiyous men's hoops: Four takeaways from their scrimmages
The College of the Siskiyou’s men’s basketball team got an early taste of competition at a showcase event at American River College in Sacramento on Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26.
College of the Siskiyous had a solid showing in the scrimmage contests, going 2-2 against other colleges.
The Eagles downed Solano by nine points and defeated Napa by a point. COS lost to Cabrillo by six points and Contra Costa by five points. No fans were allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“Overall, it was a good weekend for our program,” head coach Kyle Heath said.
Below are a few takeaways from the showcase event.
Heath's biggest concerns were whether his team can play defense against other teams and whether the players would be able to shoot the ball and get baskets constantly. He said he was pleased that “we did both solidly.”
“We really focused on playing hard and trying to outwork each opponent and our guys competed hard all four games,” Heath said.
Heath said the Eagles still need to keep working on not turning the ball over and continuing to get good looks on offense by moving and sharing the ball.
“It’s nice to break up the monotony of early season practice and show our guys, especially the new guys, how good this level is and how hard you have to play to be successful," he said.
The importance of scrimmages
COS has been going to the showcase at American River for around four years.
They have two more scrimmages. On Thursday, Oct. 7, they will travel to Yuba, and on Oct. 16 they will play host to Mendocino. To Heath, these scrimmages are invaluable” to see what guys step up and can play at this level."
He said they get to see “how our guys react to some adversity and also to be able to get game situations in early in the year. We can’t replicate the effort and intensity of games in practice so it’s nice to see how guys respond."
Standout COS players
Heath said almost everyone on the team had positive moments, but two players in particular stood out. One of those players was Mount Shasta High School graduate Kody Bauman.
Bauman, who is a sophomore, had a notable freshman year in the 2019-20 season and was a Golden Valley Conference first team selection.
“Kody played very well, showed his versatility as a player, and I had multiple four-year coaches talk to me about him," Heath said.
The second player is sophomore Bryan Tapia from Newport, Oregon.
Heath said that Tapia shot 3-pointers at a high level and hit around 15 of them over the weekend.
“It was good to see him shoot it,” he said. “If we can shoot the 3-ball at a high level, I think we could be a problem for defenses, as it’ll be tough to double team Kody if he’s got shooters around him. “
Tapia said he liked going up against high level competition.
“It helped me gain some experience with handling on ball pressure, and the level of intensity overall,” he said. “Being able to trust my teammates down the stretch of the game was a key factor for me personally.
Cade Ealy, a freshman from Grants Pass, Oregon, said the showcase was a way “to get to see things we can’t replicate in practice.”
"It was cool to get a real taste of JUCO basketball and get used to the feeling of playing back-to-back days,” he said.
Heath said the team currently has 15 players on the roster and they have been working out in the weight room and watching film for around six weeks.
“We’re in the thick of our preseason right now,” he said.
The Eagles' first regular season game for the 2021-22 season is a tournament at Las Positas from Nov 4-6. COS has its first home game on Nov. 23 against the Simpson junior varsity team.
“I’m definitely excited about this group,” Heath said.
After seeing some of their Golden Valley Conference opponents this past weekend at the showcase in Sacramento, he believes that “we have just as much talent as anyone in our conference."
Said Heath, "How hard we work throughout the year and how much we work and stay together through adversity and the grind of a long basketball season will determine what type of season we have.”