December 14, 2010 > Collegiate athletic update
Collegiate athletic update
By Gary van den Heuvel
Chabot College men's basketball team saw their tournament winning streak snapped
at two last week. The Gladiators had won their second consecutive tournament, capping the Cosumnes River event with a Dec. 4, 84-75 win over host Cosumnes in the final. Seven-foot center Kyle Luckett's game-leading 19 points clinched the tournament MVP award for him. Tobias Royal was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Later in the week, the Gladiators ran into their first losing streak of the year, with two heartbreaking losses at the Modesto Tournament. Chabot dropped an 85-84 double overtime thriller to Saddleback, in which four Chabot players -- Jourdan DeMuynck (22 pts.), Josh De La Torre (16), Luckett (13) and Randy Newell (12) -- scored in double digits.
Cosumnes River was able to avenge their previous tournament loss to the Gladiators in a consolation game, edging Chabot 75-73 on Dec. 9. At week's end, Chabot has a won-loss record of 8-3 in nonconference play.
Chabot women's team had an up-and-down week, winning a road game at Shasta College, 55-49. Several days later, the Gladiators were beaten 55-49 by Sacramento City College at the Solano tourney. They wrapped up their run at the Solano tourney with a 57-47 loss to De Anza.
Ohlone College men have struggled somewhat in the nonconference portion of their schedule, as last year's Coast Conference champions have won six of their first 10 games. In a Dec. 4, 85-66 win over College of Sequoias, the Renegades ramped up the attack in the second half after going into the half with a 38-36 lead. Scott Kenny led the way for Ohlone with 26 points. Cyleb Burton scored 15, and his teammate Travis Deshazior added 14 for the victors.
Ohlone had an entire week off prior to their Dec. 11 game against Sierra College in Rocklin, and they may have suffered some rust with all that time between games, as Sierra prevailed, 61-57.
Ohlone's Lady Renegades hoops team (3-4 in nonconference play) are also looking to defend their Coast Conference South division title, and following a 57-51 loss to San Joaquin Delta in the Caren Franci Tournament in Santa Rosa, they played like champions in the consolation final, stomping Contra Costa 53-32.
Cal State University-East Bay men and women hit the hardwood over the weekend. On Saturday, East Bay's men hosted Notre Dame de Namur and were victorious by 11, 77-66. Four Pioneers were in double figures: Mark Samuels, 19, Will Freedman, 18, George Toyama, 11, and Donavon Jackson, 10. Three members of the visitors -- Arron Mollet (22), Victor Lee (20), and Tyler Fricke (15) -- were in double figures but it was not enough to overcome East Bay, who improved to 2-4 on the year.
Meanwhile, East Bay's women were in Arcata for the California Collegiate Athletic Association/Pac West Conference Tourney. East Bay's Lady Pioneers were on the floor both Saturday, Dec. 11, vs. Dominican and Sunday, Dec. 12, vs. Academy of Art. It wasn't a successful weekend for CSUEB as they dropped both contests, 53-46 to Dominican and 66-56 to Academy of Art to fall to 0-6 in 2010.
Chabot sent five representatives to the California Community College Championships, held Dec. 9 through 11 in Victorville, and four of the grapplers placed in the event.
Janik Santana (sixth place in the 125-pound division), Alex Williams (sixth place at 133 pounds), Craig Sherman (third place, 157 pounds) and Milo Anderson (seventh place, 184 pounds) each qualified for the championships, as did Ira Goosby (174 pounds), by placing in the NorCal Regionals top six, held the previous weekend.
Cal State East Bay women's swim team was at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Invitational from Saturday, Dec. 11, through Monday, Dec. 13. Results for the event were not available at press.
Giovanni Albanese Jr. contributed to this article.