February 22, 2011 > Ohlone, Chabot hoops stumble into postseason
Ohlone, Chabot hoops stumble into postseason
By Jeff Weisinger
Photo by Don Jedlovec
In the down year that has been for both the Ohlone Renegades and Chabot Gladiators basketball teams, the good news is that both are primed for postseason play, despite neither winning the Coast Conference North, an honor that went to the City College of San Francisco with their 12-0 CCN record, along with a 25-1 regular season record.
The Renegades finished their season on a high note, defeating the desperate Foothill Owls 73-70 Friday night, Feb. 18. The win for Ohlone comes just in time as the Renegades were in danger of ending the regular season on a three-game losing streak after losing their final two home games of the season prior to Friday night's three point win.
Ohlone finishes the season fourth in the Coast Conference North with a 16-11 overall record, their worst record in the John Peterson era, and a 7-5 conference record, just their second worst since going 6-4 in the 2005-06 season.
Chabot, on the other hand, finished the season on the losing note, falling to Canada College 76-58 in Hayward Friday night. The Gladiators end the season losing two of their final three games, however finish ahead of the Renegades in the CCN standings with an 8-4 conference record on top of their 19-8 overall record.
With the CCCAA playoffs beginning on Wednesday, the Ohlone and Chabot rivalry could possibly have a new chapter should the two teams meet somewhere in the regional tourney. Pairings for the tourney were set on Monday, not available at press.
Ohlone 9, West Valley 8
Now that the rain has passed, the defending State Champion Ohlone Renegades went back to work, defeating West Valley College 9-8 in Fremont on Sunday, Feb. 20.
The Renegades improve to 3-5 on the young season as they try to rebound from a surprising 0-3 start to the season. Ohlone played another makeup game against Diablo Valley College on Monday, Feb. 21 (score unavailable at press), before taking on the College of San Mateo in a State Championship rematch in Fremont on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
Fresno City 3, Chabot 2
In the rubber match of their three-game set, Fresno City defeated Chabot 3-2 on Sunday, sending Chabot to a 3-5 record after the stormy weekend. Chabot took the first game 7-3 in the first game on Saturday before losing 12-8 in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. The Gladiators will take on Cosumnes River in Hayward on Tuesday, Feb. 22.