College of the Redwoods men’s basketball point guard Zac Claus scored 24 points in Saturday’s road-win at Lassen College. (File photo/Jose Quezada — HumSport)
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Zac “heat check” Claus scored 24 points including a season-high seven 3-pointers and the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team picked up its 11th consecutive win, downing Lassen College 80-68 Saturday afternoon in Susanville.

Saturday’s win keeps Redwoods (16-3, 3-0), the No. 13 ranked team in the state according to the latest CCCMBCA* poll, perfect in Golden Valley Conference play and atop the conference standings.

“To get to 3-0 in conference is huge,” Claus said. “Our coaches do a great job of keeping us present and reminding us how important these wins are.”

Claus said the lack of familiarity between Redwoods and Lassen — Saturday was the first of two meetings between the teams this season — played to his advantage.

“We didn’t know too much about them and they didn’t know much about us so they let me get a few, maybe three, open shots early,” Claus said. “And I made them, it always feels good to start the game hot.”

Drew Gillette chipped in 17 points while Thomas Nelson added 15 and Donald Willis, 11. As a team Redwoods made 15 3-pointers.

Redwoods faced a quick turnaround for Saturday’s game as it was not 24 hours removed from Friday’s 85-77 win at Feather River (6-13, 1-2).

Redwoods will return to action on Wednesday at 5 p.m., at home against Siskiyous (7-11, 1-0).

Siskiyous beat Shasta (10-11, 1-2) 81-76 in its GVC opener on Jan. 8.

Women’s basketball

The College of the Redwoods women’s basketball team fell 79-66 on the road at GVC foe Lassen on Saturday.

The loss ends a five-game ends Redwoods’ (14-4, 2-1) five-game winning streak and leaves it in a tie for first-place in the conference with Feather River (11-8, 2-1), which Redwoods beat 76-59 on Friday.

Redwoods led Lassen (16-4, 1-1) 24-16 at the end of the first quarter. Redwoods head coach Jain Tuey said her club “dwindled” from there on as Lassen led by as much as 25 points in the second half before locking in the win.

“I don’t know if it was fatigue from the trip and our game on Friday, but our shots just weren’t falling,” the coach said. “We had a lot of good looks. They just didn’t go in.”

Juliana Ortega-Miranda led Redwoods with 20 points while Ashley Quigley added 18 and Dennise Horton, 12.

Redwoods will host Siskiyous (13-6, 1-0) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. A win would keep Redwoods at least tied for a share of first-place in the GVC.

*CCCMBCA stands for California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association. The association ranks the top-30 teams in the state every Monday during the season. 

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