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February 17, 2010 > Ohlone and Chabot basketball week-in-review

Ohlone and Chabot basketball week-in-review

By Gary van den Heuvel

Coach Julia Allender of the Ohlone College women's basketball team is not allowing any members of her squad to start feeling comfortable, even though the Renegades came into the Saturday, Feb. 13 home game against Mission College having already clinched the Coast Conference North championship.

When asked what she does to guard against a team letdown in a relatively meaningless late-season game, Allender responded, "You just demand. Right now, we're getting ready for the playoffs. There are specific things that we know we need to get better at. And we're looking to go undefeated again."

No letdown was evident in the Renegades' 75-57 win over Mission. Aside from a 3-pointer by Mission's Dominique Ellis to open the scoring, Ohlone dominated the opening minutes, running to an early 16-6 advantage and coasting to a halftime lead of 38-27.

Mission was able to get close, cutting the deficit to 39-35 early in the second half by virtue of some sloppy play by Ohlone which led to turnovers, but that's as close as the visitors were able to get.

Once again, the Renegades were led by their stellar guard tandem of Ganeaya Rogers and Jasmine Rubin. Rogers was an offensive force, often running the length of the floor and pulling up for jumpers, if not dishing to an open teammate. She led the team with 24 points. Rubin scored 13, and Jazmine Duenas had 12 for Ohlone.

With the two wins last week (the Renegades beat Cabrillo College 78-56 on Wednesday, Feb. 10), Ohlone extended its undefeated league record to 10-0, 15-6 overall.

Ohlone's men's team inched closer to the Coast Conference North title with two wins during the week. The first win was a midweek roadie at Skyline College, where the Renegades disposed of the host, 79-58.

Ohlone returned home on Saturday, Feb. 13, for an afternoon contest with City College of San Francisco. Ohlone needed a win to stave off CCSF, who along with Chabot and Foothill are nipping at the Renegades' heels, but the outcome looked very much in doubt at the half.

The Renegades seemed to be dominating most of the first half, led by the towering presence of 6-9 center Reggie Jones, who controlled the low post when he wasn't sinking mid-range jumpers. But the Rams came to life in the last few minutes of the half, going on a 15-4 run to tie the game at the intermission, 32 apiece.

City College could not recapture that momentum in the second half, as Ohlone tore through the Rams with a fury and speed unseen in the first 20 minutes. In a mere 10 minutes of game time, the Renegades had turned a tied ballgame into a 27-point laugher through their ball-hawking, turnover-causing defense, and relentless running on offense. The last 10 minutes were mere garbage time as the Renegades won by a final of 76-57.

Jones led Ohlone with 26 points. Scott Clark scored 13, Demetris Love scored nine, and Ronnie Sawyer and Lavon Gray each had eight.

The Renegades are currently 9-1 in the conference, but with two games remaining, have not yet clinched the title outright. One more win will do that.

Still alive in the Coast Conference North are the Chabot College Gladiators, who at 7-3 could catch Ohlone, provided Ohlone loses its next game, which would set up a season-ending showdown between the teams on Chabot's home floor. (Chabot upset Ohlone in January, the only conference loss on Ohlone's record thus far.) Chabot kept its hopes alive by beating Las Positas 60-53 on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Lonnie Brazil led the balanced Gladiator attack with 12 points, as Chabot had to battle back from a 31-25 halftime deficit to earn the win. Mark Stevenson had nine points.

The Chabot women's team rebounded from a 69-48 loss to CCSF on February 5 by ousting Las Positas, 70-41, on February 10. Against Positas, Chabot had four players scoring in double digits: Charnay Bell, who led all scorers with 25 points, Monica Garcia (13 points), Jarita Riley (12) and Stephanie Amaral (10). Riley was dominant under the boards, grabbing 19 rebounds (8 offensive).

The Gladiators improved to 4-4 in the CCN with the win, 14-10 overall. Coach Don Queyrel anticipates a postseason berth for his squad, regardless of future developments.

"If we win our last two [against Foothill and CSM], we should be seeded about number 12 in Nor Cal and start play in the second round," said Queyrel. "If we split, we will be in the first round. If we lose both, maybe first round, last seed."

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