WEEKEND BASKETBALL — CR teams, Fortuna all in action

File photo – The CR men are off to an 8-1 start this season.

The College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team  closed out the Mendocino College tournament with a 72-55 win over Lassen on Saturday.

The victory lifted the Corsairs to 8-1 on the season.

Ty Neff scored a team-high 21 points in the win, while his twin brother Trey added 18 points.

Kai Purcell capped a couple of impressive days at the tournament with 15 points, while Jett Cheong added 10 points.

“Defensively we were lights out in the half-court, especially in that first half,” CR head coach Ryan Bisio said. “We dug in and stopped dribble penetration with loads of commitment.”

It’s been a busy opening to the season for the CR players, who return home to host Merced on Monday afternoon (Nov. 20) at 2 p.m. for what will be their 10th game in 17 days.

“We as coaches are so very proud of this group,” Bisio added. “It’s so easy to admire the way they’re handling this gauntlet we’re currently involved in. Day in and day out these guys continue to give so much heart to each other.”

CR Women 60, Fresno 98

The Corsairs dropped their final game at the Sierra College tournament on Saturday, falling to Fresno.

Rachel Valdez scored a team-high 14 points in the loss, while Lily Hoban added 13 and Kathryce Danzuka chipped in 11

The CR women closed out tourney play 1-1 and are now 1-5 on the season.

They return home to play Marin in their home opener on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Two former McKinleyville players — Kayley Armstong and Victoria Claros — are both playing for Marin and will make a return to the North Coast for the showdown.

Fortuna boys 83, Fort Bragg 41

The Huskies got the new high school season off to a winning start with a comfortable victory at Fort Bragg on Saturday.

Alfonso Medina led all scorers with 29 points in the win, while teammate Russell Pascascio finished with a double-double, scoring 18 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.

Donald Bickle and Cody Collins added 10 points each.

The Fortuna JVs also defeated Fort Bragg by a score of 70-24.

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