Eagles fall in OT

Ron Borges
Weed’s Jefferey Williams gets three of his 12 points in the Eagles’ 101-98 home loss to Foothill in the opening round of the state playoffs.

Free throws hurt the College of the Siskiyous men’s basketball team (22-12, 6-4) in Wednesday’s 101-98 overtime opening round home playoff loss to Foothill. As a team, COS shot 15 of 30 from the charity stripe.

“It was a disappointing end to a great season,” head coach Billy Offill said. “We were a steal away from staying undefeated at home.”

With the game tied at 74, controversy shook the gymnasium as Alden Gibbs had the steal with 13 seconds remaining in regulation but was tripped and no foul was called. The ball rolled out of bounds to Foothill, whose last second three missed.

With the wind taken out of their sails, COS let Foothill build an eight point lead to start the extra period. Brian Cummings carried the team in overtime, scoring 20 of the Eagles’ 24 points for a game high 43. After his final trey, COS trailed by four with five seconds left.

The steal attempt failed and forced them to foul. After making one of two from the line, Foothill let Cummings drive to lane for the final bucket of the game.

Dijon Edwards and Tyler Rajnus fouled out in late in the game, causing several matchup problems for the guards.

COS held a five point lead at the half thanks to Cummings' 16 points and a four point lead constantly through most of the second half. Foothill took their first lead of the second half with just over three minutes left in the game.

Gibbs scored 14 and Weed's Jeffrey Williams, in his final game as an Eagles, added 12. Herrera contributed 11.

It has been a tale of two halves for the Eagles as they had a terrific preseason but faltered in conference play.

“This was the best year I've had so far,” Offill said. “This team had great chemistry and character. When they looked at each other, they knew the other guy would go to war for them.”

They finished 16-8 before starting their quest for a conference title. They won first at the Wine County Classic in Napa and the Memorial Holiday Classic. At the Mendocino and Modesto Tournaments, the Eagles took third.

Along the way they beat previous conference champions Lassen and state ranked Sacramento City College, both twice.

When it came to late in Golden Valley Conference season, COS took on the spoiler role. They beat Butte to force a tie with Feather River and then beat them in the final game of the year to give Butte sole possession of the championship.

Alden Gibbs takes the off balanced shot in a three point loss to Foothill on Feb. 25 in Weed. He finished with 14 points in his final game at COS.