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November 11, 2009 > Renegades, Gladiators start season on high note

Renegades, Gladiators start season on high note

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Both the Ohlone College and Chabot College men's basketball teams got their season underway with pre-season tournament championships over the weekend of Friday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 8.

Ohlone hosted its annual Jon Wallace Memorial Tournament, an eight-team field featuring Cerritos, Sacramento City, Feather River, Cabrillo, Shasta, Hartnell and San Joaquin Delta colleges, along with the Renegades.

Meanwhile, Chabot took part in the Fourth Annual Las Positas Tip-off Classic. Along with the Gladiators, Columbia, Gavilan, Butte, Holy Names, Las Positas, De Anza and Los Medanos colleges hit the hard wood at Las Positas' gym.

Ohlone breezed through its first- and second-round opponents - San Joaquin Delta and Hartnell - before being tested in the finals by Cerritos. Ohlone allowed 67 points to SJD and 63 to Hartnell, beating both opponents by 14-point margins.

In the championship round, the Renegades' defense remained on point, allowing 66 points to Cerritos. However, the offense to a step back, only netting 71. But, the 71 points were enough to claim the victory.

In other action at Ohlone over the weekend, Hartnell earned itself a third-place finish with a 66-60 victory over Cabrillo in the third-place game. Feather River bounced back from its opening-round 78-74 loss to Cabrillo by winning their next two games - 61-60 vs. Sac. City; 93-76 over SJD - to claim the Consolation Championship.

At the Las Positas Tip-off Classic, Chabot soared through the competition, winning by an average margin of 13 points. The Gladiators' closest game came in the finals when they beat Los Medanos by a mere 10 points.

In getting to the championship round, Chabot ousted Columbia 79-67 in the opening round, then followed that with a 17-point drubbing of Butte, 64-47. Los Medanos put up 92 and 83 points in victories over De Anza and Las Positas in the first and second rounds, respectively, before Chabot held them to a tournament-low 54.

Las Positas was able to bounce back from the loss in the semifinals to down Butte, 59-36, in the Third Place game. And Columbia rebounded from their opening-round loss to Chabot by winning the Consolation Championship, 81-77 over De Anza.

Ohlone and Chabot look to maintain their winning ways when they hit the court again this week. Ohlone travels to Cupertino on Friday, Nov. 13, to take on De Anza at 5 p.m. while Chabot stays on the road to take on Cabrillo, Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m.

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