Disappointing start to the basketball season for CR men

The College of the Redwoods men’s basketball season tipped off the new season with a 92-72 loss to Sacramento City at the Napa Valley tournament on Thursday night.

The Corsairs, who came into the season as the No. 12 ranked team in NorCal, were led by returning Golden Valley Conference MVP Trey Neff, who finished with 26 points.

Jett Cheong added 11 points.

Overall, however, the Corsairs were outmatched.

“Sacramento City wanted to win more than we did tonight — simple as that,” head coach Ryan Bisio said. “Their competitive edge and physicality reigned supreme. Credit to their players and coaches for such a statement performance.”

Redwoods trailed by just four points at halftime (41-37), but Sac City would pull away late.

“The game really got away from us in the last 10 minutes, particularly defensively,” Bisio said. “Obviously giving up 92 points in our first game is a horrifying outcome. As much as tactics were the issue, it was the lack of competitive spirit which did us in.”

The Corsairs will try to bounce back when they continue tournament play against Folsom Lake on Friday evening at 5 p.m.

“We simply have to turn the page and prepare for Folsom Lake,” the head coach added. “They will present major challenges for us.”

The Folsom Lake men won their opener.

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