‘Spectacular’ Gillette leads CR men to 10th straight win


File photo – Drew Gillette scored 29 points at Feather on Friday.

Drew Gillette exploded for 29 points and played strong defensively on Friday as the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team continued to roll with a 10th straight win.

Gillette, a former Fortuna standout who is having an immediate impact at the collegiate level, capped a big week for himself and his team, as they won 85-77 at Feather River.

With the win, the Corsairs improved to 2-0 in the Golden Valley Conference and 15-3 overall. They have not lost a game since mid-November and have scored 80 or more points in all 10 of those wins.

After the game was postponed from Thursday due to travel conditions, the visitors looked the more comfortable of the two teams early on, running out to a 16-point lead before halftime.

“Toward the end of the first half, I feel we really found our stride on both sides of the ball,” head coach Ryan Bisio said. “Then to start the second half, we came out flat and Feather came out aggressive.”

The Corsairs, however, were able to hold a sizable advantage the remainder of the way, holding on for the win.

Gillette played a big part in that.

“He was spectacular,” Bisio said of the freshman. “He did it in every way. Defensively he was menacing. He really held their shooter pretty much scoreless.”

Donald Willis also continued to impress.

“Donald Willis did what he normally does, which is be one of my favorite players ever,” Bisio said of the in-form freshman, who also has quickly adapted to the collegiate level.

His brother Bradley also impressed.

“Defensively, he played with a lot of toughness,” Bisio said of Bradley.

Donald Willis and Thomas Nelson each finished with 13 points, while Isaac Puzz, who also has raised the level of his game recently, added 10 points.

Gillette had five of his team’s 13 3-pointers.

The CR men play at Lassen on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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