March 5, 2008 > College basketball season roundup
College basketball season roundup
By Idorenyin Uto-Uko
March is here again. For many Bay Area basketball fans that means "March Madness." It is a time when many crazed college fans and coaches wait to receive placement in their conference and national tournament. While other local teams will prepare to play their best basketball, others have to wait until next season to have their shot at glory.
Cal State East Bay
Women's: Finished the season with a record of 15-12 and was second in the Cal Pac Conference at 11-5. They went to the conference championship game, but lost to Hoy Names 52-46.The lady Pioneers defeated Menlo College 61-48 in the semi-finals of the Cal Pac Tournament.
They finished with an excellent conference record of 10-2 at home and averaged 62.6 points per game (ppg.) They only allowed 55.8 ppg. Amy Elliot was named All-Conference. She finished seventh in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in assists and eighth in assist to turnover ratio. Other key members were Bianca Bishop, Jenene James, Ashley Butler, and Breanna Carson.
Men's: Finished with a 14-13 record and third place in the Cal Pac Conference. The team had a decisive post season victory over Simpson University 100-58. The team finished with a 73.1 ppg average and 36.7 to 33 on rebounds with their opponents. The Pioneers had all around performances from All-Pac Conference performer Greg Walker who lead the team in scoring and rebounds. They received great contribution from Jawaan Rubin, Scott Knox, Billy Nunes, and Finis Jones. But a key highlight for the team was Shea Frazee, who averaged 23.8ppg in the last five contests.
Women's: The women's team had a few highlights from this season. But still managed to receive production from some of its players: Courtnei Taylor, Felesha Adams, and Juliette Richards.
Men's: The Gladiators finished with a 21-14 record overall. They played a tough team from Ohlone but lost twice. Despite the loss, the team still finished with a 6-5 Coast Conference North record and held opponents to 65.06 ppg which was first in the Coast Conference. Key members of the team include: Paki Brown, Kelvin Potts, and Derieck Mosbey, Josh Miller. Chabot is currently playing in the States' Basketball playoffs.
Women's: Last year the Renegades won the Conference Championship, but this year the ladies only came very close to mirroring that effort. They managed to place second this year with a mere two losses in conference play. All-Conference performers were: Casceal Swaggered, Kelly Fisher, and Taylor Lyons. Honorable Mention: Caprice Hall, Ty Tobin, Geneaya Rodgers, and Christina Dixon.
Men's: Last year's Coast Conference Champ showed a lot of poise and effort this season. The Renegades (20-10, 9-3) came in second in the Coast Conference North standings, but are currently playing well in the state basketball playoff tournament. Last year, Ohlone made it to the final eight, but, have lost many of their key plays form last years' team. Their coach is realizes that his team needs to play better defense if they are going to have the same success as last year.