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2005 Season Updates:
Saturday, February 26, 2005 - The Feather River College Men's basketball team fell to #2 ranked Delta College 85-75 in Stockton Saturday night in front of 1,100 fans. FRC led by six at the half and led by nine midway through the second half. Delta took advantage of several FRC turnovers and held on to win by ten.
Delta entered the game with a 27-1 record and will now play San Francisco City College this Saturday at Stockton.
The College of the Siskiyous defeated #4 ranked Diablo Valley College 77-74 and will take on San Jose City this Saturday.
Feather River opens gap on Butte in second half
Their third straight victory clinched at least a co-championship in the Golden Valley Conference for the Golden Eagles (18-8, 8-1), ranked No. 20 in the state and No. 10 in Northern California.
Earl Moore scored a game-high 31 points for Feather River and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Eagles outrebounded the Roadrunners 41-30, including 24-10 in the second half, which included seven on the offensive end and 12 points off of those offensive boards.
"It was our loose balls and rebounding," Feather River coach Randy Rick said. "It was our ability to make a couple key stops and then convert on the offense."
The Roadrunners (13-12, 3-6) had their two-game winning streak snapped after playing to a 40-40 tie at halftime.
Joe Robinson led Butte with 24 points while Corey Loverson added 16, Dennis Berryman scored 13 and Gene Rivera had 12.
Feather River's second-half run broke a 44-all tie and put the Eagles up by 11 with 14:36 left in the game. The Roadrunners cut the deficit to five a few times, including on Berryman's 3-pointer that made it 77-72 with 3:25 to play, but Butte scored just two points the rest of the way.
"I think ever since they took that 10-point lead, we were just struggling to come back the whole time," Robinson said. "They were going to the hole. We couldn't execute our defense as well as we wanted to, and we just didn't make the stops tonight."
Butte's Cheyne De La Garza had assists on three straight possessions late in the first half, with Loverson hitting a 3-pointer and a layup to give the Roadrunners a 40-35 lead. They shot 51.4 percent (18-for-35) from the field in the first half, but only 39.3 percent (11-for-28) after halftime.
"They had opportunities and they did a good job breaking us down," Rick said. "They were well-prepared, got the ball and overloaded people in the back and up top, and they were slicing right down the middle of the court."
Mario Burns added 15 points for Feather River, and Kiel Graham scored 14, as the Eagles began to penetrate Butte's zone defense in the second half and crash the offensive boards.
"I think our inability to stop their penetration and get the miss really hurt us," Butte coach Russ Critchfield said, "because we didn't shoot the ball very well in the second half, and our defense didn't help us get beyond that."
FRC SWEEPS REDWOODS AND SHASTA
Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12, 2005 - The FRC Golden Eagles won two in a row against College of the Redwoods and Shasta College. FRC took down Redwoods 98-91 at home on Friday night, then took off the next day to Shasta and came home with a win, 76-73, there as well. Going into the last week of conference play, the Golden Eagles lead the league 7-1. They take on Butte College on Wednesday night in Oroville and the final home league game will be Saturday, February 19th at 7:30 pm in the Dunn Building.
FRC LOOSES A TOUGH ONE TO LASSEN 75-82
Saturday, February 5, 2005 - The FRC Golden Eagles are now 5-1 in the Conference after a tough loss to the Lassen College Cougars on Saturday night. FRC takes on College of the Redwoods this Friday, February 11th at 7:30 pm in Quincy.
FRC DOWNS SHASTA 85-77 TO STAY ATOP THE GVC
Saturday, January 22, 2005 - With three players recording double-doubles, the Feather River College Men’s basketball team defeated GVC league rival, Shasta College, 85-77 to gain soul possession of the league ladder. 6’8” Sophomore Kiel Graham posted his third double-double in a row scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 6 deflections. 6’3” guard Earl Moore added 19 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman point guard Mario Burns scored 12 points while dishing out 11 assists and deflecting 7 passes. Guard Antonio Williams came off the bench to score 14 points, 5 deflections and 6 rebounds all in eight minutes in the second half. 6’3” guard Cori Anderson scored 10 points and had 5 assists and 4 deflections while shutting down multiple Shasta players defensively. FRC played a great game and is looking forward to the next challenge.
Whiting to Play in Televised Game
Former Pleasant Valley High basketball standout Zack Whiting will play for Chaminade University in the Maui Invitational, which gets under way Monday. The Silverswords play their tournament opener against Texas at 11:30 a.m. Monday. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Whiting, a 6-3 guard, led Chaminade with 18 points in its season opener, a 67-64 victory over Winona. The transfer from Feather River College played in just five games for Chaminade in 2003-04 before suffering a season-ending injury.
More information on Chaminade and the tournament can be found at www.goswords.com
Post Season News:
Congratulations to Earl Moore and Nate Green for being voted to the Golden Valley All Conference teams. Moore, a freshman from Birmingham Alabama, was a unanimous pick for the Golden Eagles after averaging 24.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals this year. The highflying “Goat” played in all 23 games this year for FRC including a 44-point, 15 rebound and 8-assist outburst at College of the Siskiyous on February 14th. This is the second accolade for Moore this year as he was voted Most Valuable Player at the Cosumnes River College tournament while leading the Golden Eagles to the Championship in December.
Green, a transfer sophomore from Lane Community College in Oregon, earned his all conference spot as the Golden Eagles most consistent guard during league play. A native of Winnemucca, Nevada, Nate showed off his array of skills averaging a 2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio while finishing second in steals (behind Moore) with 1.2 steals. “Winnemucca,” also averaged 18 points a game in league while shooting 42% from the three point line, including hitting 7 threes at College of the Siskiyous on February 14th. Green, majoring in education, is planning on continuing his basketball career at a four-year school while studying to be a teacher.
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