Corsairs get much-needed win at Mendocino tournament

The Corsairs ended a four-game losing streak in men’s basketball with a 75-67 win over Lassen at the Mendocino tournament on Friday afternoon.

The win lifts College of the Redwoods to 2-5 on the young season.

The Corsairs got off to a good start and led 48-28 at halftime, but Lassen came storming back after thew break and narrowed the deficit to one point late in the game before CR held on for a much-needed victory.

“The first half was the best basketball we’ve played this year, by far,” CR head coach Ryan Bisio said. “We played with great confidence and our tempo felt more assured and intentional.”

Jett Cheong led CR in scoring with 20 points and was hugely influential late in the game.

“Jett’s leadership down the stretch was incredible,” Bisio said. “He guided us home and hit a monster late 3. In our most vulnerable state he was there for us.”

Mason Railsback continued his impressive tournament with 18 points in the win, while Trey Neff added 12 points and Ty Neff finished with 11.

The Corsairs opened tournament play on Thursday with a tough 64-60 loss to American River.

Railsback scored a team-high 19 points in the loss, while Kai Purcell added 14 points.

The Corsairs struggled at the free-throw line and made just 12 of 21 attempts.

“Seeing the game slip away by missing key free throws down the stretch is a tough pull to swallow,” said Bisio, who admitted his players were pretty gutted after the loss.

The Corsairs will close out tournament play on Saturday at 1 p.m. against either West Hills Coalinga or Siskiyous.

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