January 27, 2010 > Ohlone and Chabot Basketball roundup
Ohlone and Chabot Basketball roundup
By Gary van den Heuvel
The upwardly mobile Ohlone men's basketball team ascended to number 1 ranking in Northern California in the coaches poll with a thrilling 67-66 overtime win over City College of San Francisco on Wednesday (January 20), followed by a 76-46 rout of Las Positas on Saturday.
The Renegades knew they would have their hands full with a road game against number 3-ranked City College. It took two free throws from Scott Clark with 2.8 seconds remaining to ice the game for Ohlone, who trailed by as much as six points in the overtime period.
A 3-pointer by Cyleb Burton with just over a minute left cut the CCSF lead down to 64-63, and Lavon Gray's bucket with 30 seconds left gave Ohlone a one-point lead. Reggie Jones led Ohlone with 21 points. Clark scored 19, and Gray was a beast on the boards with 14 rebounds.
Against Las Positas, Clark led the way with 17 points and Gray had 13.
With the wins, the Renegades improved to 5-0 in the Coast Conference North and 16-3 overall.
The Ohlone women's team is on a roll of their own, with a 6-0 record in conference play and 12-6 overall. This week's victims were Mission College on Wednesday and De Anza on Friday.
Coach Julia Allender praised the play of her squad. "Both Jasmine Rubin and Ganeaya Rogers are playing very well right now and have consistently been a tough guard matchup for the other teams," she said. "Our inside presence is much more effective with Elise Spain and Jayme Leftridge now both consistently scoring and rebounding the ball on both ends."
The women's basketball team improved to 3-1 in the Coast Conference North (12-7 overall) by edging Foothill 56-55. The Renegades' balanced attack was led by Stephanie Amaral and Monica Garcia, who each scored 15 points, and Rebecca Taylor, with 12.
The men's team had a hiccup in an otherwise successful season, losing a home game to Foothill, 76-57. Duane Bagsby and Kyle Luckett led the Gladiators with 7 points each. Bobby Macias scored 18 for Foothill.
The defeat evened Chabot's conference record to 2-2, and 14-5 overall.