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February 20, 2007 > Ohlone men wait for next opponent. Chabot waits to see if there will be a next opponent

Ohlone men wait for next opponent. Chabot waits to see if there will be a next opponent

For the Ohlone Renegades and Chabot Gladiators men's basketball teams the 2007 regular season has ended and the two teams had distinctly different conclusions.

For Ohlone, they are sure to host a playoff game this Saturday, February 24 at 7 p.m. on the Ohlone campus, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont. They will probably be a number one or two seed in the NorCal section of the 2007 California Community College men's basketball championship tournament. What they did not know at press time was who would be their opponent. This was determined yesterday, the 19th, at the selection and seeding meeting for NorCal.

For the Renegades, they may have lost a number one overall seed with their road loss to their league rival City College of San Francisco Rams last Friday night, the 16th. After defeating Skyline College last Wednesday night, a victory in the final regular season game would probably have clinched the number one overall seed in NorCal, but it was not to be. Ohlone started the game strong with three, three point baskets to propel the Renegades to an early 10-5 lead. That is where the tide turned as CCSF ran off a 34-9 run to take a 39-19 half time lead. Ohlone tried to make a game of it in the second half but every time they cut the lead to less than ten points, the Rams would answer with a run of their own. The closest the Renegades could get was seven points with just over three minutes to play.

Leading scores for Ohlone were 21 points by sophomore guard Allen Hester and 13 and 11 by sophomore guards, Jermaine Smith and Bert Whittington respectively. According to head coach John Peterson, "They just wanted it more than us". The win by CCSF gave them a share of first place with Ohlone in the Coast Conference North standings with 10-2 records. The two teams split the regular season conference games while Ohlone won a third non-conference game early in the season. Ohlone's final overall record is 26-3 while CCSF is 26-5, which will probably give them a top four seed in the NorCal tournament.

Chabot men found out which of several scenarios fell to them. First and foremost, were they selected to participate in the post season? After their critical loss to Foothill College on Wednesday, the 7th, they needed to run the table to have any realistic chance of post season play. The team was able to do that as they defeated Skyline, Los Positas and Canada Colleges to end the regular season on a three game winning streak. If they were selected for the playoffs the scenarios are: (1) be a number nine to fourteen seed and play a road game this Friday or Saturday night at 7 p.m., (2) be a fifteen or sixteen seed and host a "play in game" tomorrow night, the 21st, at 7 p.m. on the Chabot campus, 25555 Hesperian Blvd. Hayward, (3) be a seventeen or eighteen seed and go on the road for the "play in game" tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The winners of the two "play in games" would then play on the road against the number one or two seeds this Saturday, the 24th at 7 p.m. Depending on the seedings, and with a Chabot win in a "play in game", it is quite possible Ohlone and Chabot could meet at Ohlone this coming Saturday night.

In the SoCal section there are four "play in games" to the sixteen team sectional tournament compared to only two "play in games" in the NorCal section because of the number of schools involved in the two sections.

The winners of the Friday and Saturday games will play each other at the highest remaining seed of each of the eight regional tournaments (four each in NorCal and SoCal) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd. Those eight winners will then advance to the state finals the following weekend at Selland Arena in Fresno.

For information on the results of the selection and seeding meetings for this week's playoff games, you can check websites, or "commission on athletics."

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