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November 30, 2010 > Local collegiate athletic rundown

Local collegiate athletic rundown

By Gary van den Heuvel
Photos By Don Jedlovec

In a slow week of collegiate athletics sandwiched around the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 25, (in which all athletics took a hiatus) the local community colleges, Chabot and Ohlone, as well as Cal State University-East Bay, had moderate success.

Opening the week of play on Tuesday, Nov. 23, the Chabot College women's basketball team had their early season momentum stalled with a 56-52 loss on the road at Cabrillo College. Also on Tuesday, the Chabot men's basketball team traveled to West Valley College and handed the hosts a 13-point, 70-57 defeat. With the win, the Gladiators have now reeled off five wins in six games in the early going this season.

The Gladiators, finished the Thanksgiving week with a 4-2 preseason record, were led by Dominique Oglesby's 15 points in the narrow defeat. Samantha Gipson scored 12 and Charnay Bell contributed 10 points in the loss.

Ohlone College's basketball teams took center stage on Wednesday, Nov. 24, with a doubleheader on the Fremont campus. Against Monterey Peninsula College, the Renegades men's team came away with a 65-51 win. In the nightcap, the Lady Renegades fell to 4-5 with a 74-58 loss to Foothill College.

Later in the week, on Saturday, Nov. 27, the men's team fell to .500 for the week, 1-up, 1-down, with a 68-52 beating at the hands of Cabrillo College in a roadie at Aptos. At week's end, the Renegades sit at 5-4 overall.

As for the Pioneers of Cal State East Bay, their athletic schedule consisted of two games, both by the Lady Pioneers, at the Lynda Goodrich Classic in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday, Nov. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 27.

In the opening night of the classic, East Bay took on No. 24 nationally ranked Western Washington, and were simply run out of the gym, 68-39.

"Western Washington's depth took a toll on us," said Suzy Barcomb, making her debut as head coach of the Lady Pioneers. "They have too many offensive options for us to defend."

For the night, East Bay shot 36 percent from the field (16-44) and 54 percent from the charity stripe (6-11). Lauren Lucchesi and Claudia Nelson were the only two Lady Pioneers in double figures scoring, dropping 11 and 10 respectively.

A day later, looking to rebound from the 29-point defeat on Friday, the Lady Pioneers managed to add 20 points from their offensive output against Western Washington, but still fell, this time to St. Martin's, by double digits, 70-59.

Lucchesi and Nelson each put in 10 points, reaching double digits. Cassie Coble also put in 10 points for the Lady Pioneers, albeit in the losing cause. Marlene MacMillan also chipped in for East Bay, pulling down 11 rebounds.

"We competed in spurts tonight; now we need consistency" said Barcomb after the loss Saturday night. "Marlene [MacMillan] boarded really well and Cassie [Coble] played hard. We executed well, played hard and took some positive steps."

East Bay (0-2) will look to feed off of that success and notch its first victory of the season when they head to San Francisco to take on S.F. State Friday, Dec. 3. They will also head to Monterey to take on CSU-Monterey Bay on Saturday, Dec. 4. Both games tip off at 5:30 p.m.

For a full schedule of all athletics at Chabot, Ohlone and CSUEB, log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website at

Giovanni Albanese Jr. contributed to this article.

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