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January 7, 2011 > Local college update

Local college update

By Gary van den Heuvel

Chabot College men's and women's basketball teams each had a two-up, one-down holiday week in their nonconference tournament play.

The men's team had to settle for a second place finish in their own tournament, the 44th Annual Chabot Classic. Joshua De La Torre and Kyle Luckett led the way with 17 points each in the opener, a 76-61 win over Napa Valley College. The Gladiators advanced to the final with a 69-57 victory over College of the Redwoods, before succumbing to Las Positas College, 61-58 in the final.

Jourdan DeMuynck led Chabot with 17 points in the semifinal win, and Luckett popped in 20 in the final. The Gladiators begin the new year with a 11-4 record.

Chabot's women began the San Jose Tournament with a 79-53 loss to Fresno City College, but bounced back with two wins in consolation games. Charnay Bell scored 16, and Samantha Gipson added 14 in a 51-41 win over Contra Costa. The Gladiators finished the tournament strong, beating San Jose City College 58-51.

Across town, the Cal State East Bay squads had a light workload, with both teams scheduled for one game, against Humboldt State. Unfortunately, Humboldt took the measure of the Pioneers both times. The East Bay men dropped to 2-9 with a 91-69 loss to Humboldt. Will Freedman was CSUEB's leading scorer with 16 points, and Mark Samuels and George Toyama each scored 11.

East Bay's women's team is having an even rougher time of it, as they are still winless after nine games. Sarah Finlay scored 10 points in a 64-48 loss to Humboldt. The loss was especially discouraging in that the Pioneers led 30-24 at the half, but collapsed in the second half.

Coach Julia Allender has her Ohlone College women's team rounding into midseason form following the Renegades' win in the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic in Cupertino. Ohlone improved to 7-4 in nonconference play with three close wins: 57-53 over Merced; 58-54 over Solano; and a 64-63 squeaker over San Francisco City College.

Ohlone's men's team lost their only contest of the week, 85-80 over Cosumnes River College. The Renegades begin 2011 with a 9-5 record.

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