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Red-hot CR remain at 13 in latest state poll

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Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Another packed house is expected at CR for Wednesday night’s home games against Siskiyous.

By Ray Hamill — The Corsairs remain at No. 13 in this week’s men’s basketball state coaches poll, as they return home to face Siskiyous on Wednesday evening.

Despite comfortably winning two road games in 23 hours and stretching their winning streak to 11 straight, the College of the Redwoods men did not climb in the poll this week.

The Corsairs are one spot behind No. 12 Santa Rosa, a team they defeated earlier in the season.

The Corsairs, who have not lost a game since mid-November, improved to 3-0 in the Golden Conference with wins at Feather River and Lassen on Friday and Saturday, and will resume conference action on Wednesday against the only other undefeated team in conference.

Siskiyous (1-0 in the GVC and 7-11 overall) is expected to present a different challenge for a smaller CR team.

“They have some daunting size, and that size is also very skilled,” CR head coach Ryan Bisio said. “And they also shoot 36 percent (from 3-point range), so they really present a challenge.

“They’re going to be tricky defensively for us.”

To counter that, the 16-3 Corsairs will have to play disciplined at both ends of the court.

“I think we’re going to have to be real precise in our scouting and execute our game plan,” Bisio said.

The game will be played as part of a doubleheader with the CR women, who will also be hosting Siskiyous.

The Redwoods women are off to an impressive 2-1 start in conference play, although they will be looking to bounce back from a flat performance at Lassen on Saturday to cap a tough four-day road trip.

Siskiyous has played just one conference game and is 1-0 and 13-6, while the CR women are 14-4 overall.

Game time for the men is 5 p.m., with the women to follow at 7 p.m.

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