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January 7, 2009 > Chabot men forced to settle for third

Chabot men forced to settle for third

By Tony Cogley

The Chabot men's basketball team traveled to Sonora at Columbia Junior College to compete in the Annual Dominik Fuchs Memorial Tournament. The Gladiators entered play with an 11-7 record and were anxious for a chance to play host school, Columbia College.

Head Coach Denny Aye won 247 games and a state championship with Columbia during his tenure with the Claim Jumpers. After the first two rounds of competition, Chabot would get its chance to show Columbia how thankful they were to have Aye on their bench now.

Chabot opened against Modesto Junior College and quickly made their presence known by lighting up the Pirates defense for 89 points. Modesto kept it close for much of the game, but a late 17-8 run by Chabot sealed a win and advanced them to the next game.

The men would next face College of the Siskiyous, and just as they did in the Wine Country Classic in November, fell in defeat to the Eagles, 79-68. That meant that the Gladiators would get their opportunity to face off against Columbia for third place overall on the Claim Jumpers home court.

Forward Devanae Leach led the Gladiators in scoring with 15 points to go along with Jawon Mack's 13 and Lonnie Brazil's 11. Chabot coasted to a solid third-place finish, beating Columbia by a final score of 75-67. Coach Aye continues to impress with his all freshmen and sophomore team, and has won the Consolation Championship at the Consumnes River Hawk Invitational, and second in the Napa Wine Country Classic.

Chabot then lost its next game on Jan. 3 to West Valley College of Saratoga 83-76 and will finish out their season in conference play. They next play on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. versus Las Positas, followed by a game at Foothill on Friday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m.

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