Falcon men's basketball tops Marin, women lose at Butte

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The Falcon men played their first home game of the 2018-19 season and enjoyed the vibe of Falcon Gym, as they defeated College of Marin, 101-83, on Tuesday night. 

The Falcons were perhaps over-hyped to be playing at home, as witnessed by their eight turnovers in the first nine minutes of play while falling behind 33-25.  But they closed out the first half with a strong run and took a two-point lead into the locker room, 44-42. 

In the second half, the shots – especially from beyond the three-point line – started to fall and the Falcons steadily pulled away. Freshman point guard Matt Lyon hit three-of-four three-pointers and was a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line, as he led the Falcons with 28 points. Behind Lyon, the Falcons spread around the scoring with Stan Harms tallying 15, Zethan Dumpson had 14, and Clayton Davis finished with 12.  Isiah Maun and Grant Bellis were also instrumental in the victory with their all-around play.

On Thursday, the Falcons will face Columbia College in the Modesto Tournament, a rematch of last Friday’s game in Sonora. Then on Friday, they’ll face either Cosumnes River or Fresno.


Women’s basketball

After an early-season loss to Butte College three weeks ago in the CRC Tournament, the Falcon women had hopes of exacting some revenge on Tuesday night in Oroville, but the Roadrunners held off the visitors by the score of 72-61. 

The two teams played a close first half with Butte holding a one-point lead, 25-24 at the break.  But the third quarter belonged to the Roadrunners, as they outscored the Falcons by 10, and that proved to be the difference.  The Falcons were miserable from three-point line, making just 4-of-30 (13 percent), but still made a game of it in the fourth quarter when their up-tempo style closed the gap to just three points. The Roadrunners made their free throws when they had to and put the game away in the final minute. Falcon freshman Shay Boley led the team with 22 points despite shooting 0-for-8 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Alma Perez had a near double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds.

The Falcons started a GoFundMe fundraiser for Butte County’s fire victims – thank you to those who have pitched in -  and have decided to keep it open for one more day to allow others to donate;  Here is the link:     

The Falcons can now prepare for next week’s tournament at College of San Mateo, where they’ll open against tournament host CSM on Friday night, Dec 14.