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February 6, 2007 > Ohlone Renegades men's basketball team heads down the home stretch of the regular season

Ohlone Renegades men's basketball team heads down the home stretch of the regular season

By Biff Jones

With a post season birth assured in the California Community College 2007 State Championship Tournament, the Renegades continued their winning ways with a hard fought 63-58 road win over the Foothill College Owls of Los Altos Hills last Wednesday evening. Ohlone only led 23-22 at half-time behind the eight points of 6'1" sophomore guard, Allen Hester and five points from 6'3" sophomore guard, Patrick Collins.

In the second half, the Renegades would extend their lead to eight or nine points only to have the Owls repeatedly cut it to one or two points. With Hester staying hot into the second half, Ohlone was able to keep Foothill at bay until the Owls resorted to fouling while trying to tie or take the lead. Hester finished the game with 25 points followed by 10 points from 6'2" sophomore guard Renardo Bass.

The rematch of Ohlone's only conference loss of the season to arch rival Chabot College Gladiators of Hayward last January 10th, was held on the Ohlone Campus in Fremont this past Saturday evening, February 3rd. The Renegades came out with a fast paced first half by rapidly pushing the ball up the floor on every offensive position and applying man-to-man full court pressure on defense. With Ohlone using eleven players and substituting five players at a time, Chabot was unable to get into any kind of rhythm as the Renegades built a 35-20 half-time lead. Ohlone's high-powered first half was led by 6' sophomore point guard Bert Whittington's eleven points and 6'1" sophomore guard Allen Hester's nine points. Sophomore guards Ramon Greene and Jason Curtis led the Gladiators with seven points each in the first half.

After the intermission, Ohlone continued its torrid pace by continuing its five on five substitution plan with the same eleven players, to build the lead to twenty points at times. This allowed head coach John Peterson to empty his bench late in the second half. Whittington continued his stellar play from the point to lead the Renegades scoring with eighteen points. Sophomore guard Patrick Collier added seventeen points and sophomore guard Willis Gardner had fifteen. Greene and Curtis tried to keep the Gladiators in the game in the second half and finished with nineteen and twenty points respectively.

For Ohlone, it is just a matter of taking care of business to get a good seeding in the California CC post season state championship tournament. With an overall record of 24-2 (8-1 in conference play,) they next play at Las Positas College of Livermore, 15-12 (2-7), finish the home portion of the regular season Wednesday, February 14 at 7 p.m. against Skyline of San Bruno, 6-20 (2-6), then the finale of the regular season, Friday, February 16, at second place City College of San Francisco, 21-4 (6-2). A top seed overall in the Nor Cal section of the state tournament is a strong possibility if the Renagades can run the table.

For Chabot, the post season is a much tougher road. The Gladiators finish the season with games on the road at Foothill of Los Altos Hills tomorrow evening, February 7, and their regular season finale at Canada of Redwood City on Friday, February 16, The last two road games are sandwiched around home games against Skyline and Las Positas on Friday, February 9, 7 p.m. and Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m. respectively. According to head coach, Dennis Aye, the Foothill game is the most important and not just because it is the next game. A loss to football could leave Chabot behind Foothill in the conference standings and jeopardize their chances of making the state tournament. A sweep of their remaining games would greatly enhance possible post season play.

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