Basketball

Nchekwube leads the way as CR men make it three straight wins in conference play

File photo – Jon Nchekwube in action for CR earlier this season.

Almost halfway through their conference schedule, the Corsairs are right in the mix for a second straight Golden Valley Conference championship.

The College of the Redwoods men won their third straight in conference play on Tuesday afternoon, getting a busy week started with a comfortable 105-84 win over visiting Feather River in a make-up game.

With the win, the Corsairs improve to 3-1 in the GVC and now sit second in the conference standings, just one win behind frontrunners Shasta (4-0).

CR and Shasta have yet to play in conference, but will meet twice in the next two weeks, including a big showdown at CR on Wednesday of next week.

Jon Nchekwube had an outstanding game in Tuesday’s win, scoring 24 points and grabbing 20 rebounds.

“Jon was really special today,” head coach Ryan Bisio said. “His competitive spirit and activity level were in perfect harmony. Probably his most complete performance to date.”

Drew Gillette also had a big afternoon, finishing with 22 points, including four 3-pointers, while Donald Willis chipped in 19 points and Bradley Willis 11.

“Our ball and player movement today was collaborative and consistent,” said Bisio, whose team improved to 13-5 on the season. “Not only was it reflected in our 11 3s, but also in the way we were able to unlock Jon.”

The game was just the Corsairs’ fourth since the new year and only their second since Jan. 15, but the layoff hasn’t slowed their progress.

“I’m really proud of the fight our guys are showing coming out of the COVID pause,” Bisio said.

The Corsairs continue a busy week at Lassen on Thursday, before a game at Feather River on Saturday.

Feather River dropped to 1-5 in the GVC and 4-14 overall.

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