JUCO hoops: Redwoods men clean up GVC awards

Bisio named GVC Coach of the Year, men's, women's basketball win numerous awards

The College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team celebrates towards the end of Wednesday’s GVC-clinching win over visiting Shasta. (Jose Quezada — HumSport)

The College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team was rewarded kindly for its Golden Valley Conference championship winning season. The conference announced its postseason awards on Saturday.

Redwoods (21-5), 0-26 a year ago, completed its search for an outright conference championship on Wednesday with a 109-84 win over visiting Shasta College.

First-year head coach Ryan Bisio, the mastermind behind the Corsairs’ worst-to-first season, earned GVC Coach of the Year for it.

“(This award) means I’m a lucky guy,” Bisio said. “Lucky because I have grounded myself with such talented and hard working people.”

Thomas Nelson delivered an MVP type performance, scoring 31 points in the title-clinching victory — and the conference took note.

“(Nelson) is in a class of his own,” Bisio said.

Nelson was named conference MVP and was selected as a member of the all-state first-team.

Drew Gillette, Zac Claus and Donald Willis each were awarded GVC first-team nods.

“It’s pretty unprecedented, getting the MVP and three on the first-team,” Bisio said. “I think these awards are a reflection of the way in which these guys play and honor the game we love.”

Bradley Willis garnered an Honorable Mention and an All-Defensive team selection.

Redwoods will learn its state playoff seed on Monday. The ‘Woods are a likely candidate for a home playoff game.

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