Eagles on All-GVC list, Moore is All-State too

Steve Gerace
Lavar Moore was the first College of the Siskiyous men's basketball player to make the All-State team in several years in 2014. Moore is headed to Oregon Institute of Technology next.

Lavar Moore, one of three College of the Siskiyous sophomores named to the 2014 All-Golden Valley Conference basketball first team, has also been named All-State.

The first Siskiyous men’s basketball player to earn All-State honors in several years, Moore averaged just under 21 points per game and set a new school record for free throw shooting percentage in a season. He made 89.2 percent of his free throw attempts (107 of 120), breaking the previous record of 84 percent that had stood since 1990.

Moore, a 6-foot guard from Connecticut, recently signed a full ride scholarship to Oregon Institute of Technology. He’ll play basketball there under legendary coach Danny Miles, who this year became only the third coach ever at a four-year program to reach 1,000 career wins.

“I could see him becoming an All-American there,” Siskiyous coach Kyle Heath said of Moore.

Moore and fellow sophomores Raysean Garrett and Eric Diggs were all named first team all-GVC after the Eagles went 6-4 and finished in a three-way tie for second place behind 10-0 Butte.

Sophomore Julian McCovey was an honorable mention pick, and freshman Julieon Boney made the All-GVC defensive team.

“All five of our starters got recognition. That shows what a good year it was,” said Heath, who had his best season in four as Siskiyous’ head coach and took his team into the postseason for the first time.

Garrett tied the school record for consecutive free throws made at 24, equalling the mark set by John Bennett in 1969. A 6-6 forward from Las Vegas, Garrett averaged 15.8 points per game and made 84.3 percent of his free throws (86 of 102). He also topped the old school single season record for free throw shooting percentage.

The Eagles as a team led the state with a 74.6 free throw shooting percentage. Heath said he stresses the importance of free throw shooting and, “It’s not a coincidence that we won a bunch of games this season.”

They finished 17-12 overall and had a good chance to win their opening round game in the playoffs before losing at Chabot in overtime. They missed some free throws down the stretch in that game that could have made the difference.

Diggs, a 5-10 point guard from Tampa, Fla., averaged 12.8 points per game and 7.1 assists.

McCovey, a 6-3 forward from Hoopa, led the Eagles with 7.5 rebounds per game and averaged 7.2 points.

Boney is a 6-2 guard from Brooklyn, NY, who averaged 12.2 points per game.

Heath said he was excited for Moore, whose All-State honor will earn him a spot on the Eagles’ Wall of Fame.

“He’s in Siskiyous history now,” said Heath. “He’s earned everything. He said he was going to do it this year, and he worked hard and got into the best shape of his life. He talks about how three years ago he was washing floors at the YMCA, now he’s getting his education paid for.”

Heath said both Garrett and Moore came to COS based on a recommendation of former Eagle Jon Biglow.

Though he needs to replace four starters next year, Heath hopes this year was a sign of good things to come for the program.