Redwoods teams close out challenging opening weekend

Both College of the Redwoods basketball teams dropped their games on Saturday.

The CR men lost for the second time in three days at the Napa Valley tournament, falling 86-72 to Diablo Valley, while the women fell 67-61 to Napa.

A close game got away from the CR men early in the second half, as their opponents stretched what had been a two-point lead at the interval with a barrage of 3s.

“We had a couple of stretches of very fluid play in the first half,” CR head coach Ryan Bisio said. “We adapted to the environment quickly and found our footing in the game.”

Bisio, however, described Dioablo Valley’s early second-half 3-point shooting as “a huge gut punch.”

“We weren’t able to put legitimate game pressure on them after that,” he said.

Trey Neff led the CR offense once again and finished with 25 points, including five 3-pointers, while Ty Neff and Kai Purcell each chipped in 10 points.

“Although defensively we’re careening to find a steady path, I really appreciate our players’ competitive resolve today, on day three of a difficult road trip,” Bisio said. “They played some bright and positive ball offensively. We know a lot of those shots will fall in the future.”

With the loss, the Corsairs dropped to 1-2.

Next up is a game at San Jose City College on Friday evening at 5.

The CR women, meanwhile, got down early against Napa, but responded well with a strong second half.

“I’m really proud of how hard the girls played today,” head coach Jain Tuey said. “Coming off a very physical game (against powerhouse Santa Rosa on Friday), they really showed up with a lot of heart.”

Early in the season the Corsairs are playing without three players who are still playing volleyball and soccer, and the team traveled for the opening weekend games with just seven players.

Ronee Norwod scored a team-high 15 points in the loss, while teammates Lily Hoban and Ellie Pesch each finished with 10 points.

“Ronee came in and hit some big shots and brought a spark of energy to the team,” Tuey added of the sophomore, who missed much of the preseason through injury. “Again it took all seven players, but we had a lot of growth and all showed bright moments.

“We look forward to having our whole team together and continue to grow.”

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