December 23, 2009 > College basketball review
College basketball review
By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By Don Jedlovec
CSEB Lady Pioneers' struggles continue
What was hoped to be a successful season for the Cal State East Bay women's basketball team has been anything but, as the Lady Pioneers dropped their eighth and ninth straight in last weekend's Notre Dame de Namur tournament, falling to host Notre Dame de Namur 66-51 on Friday, Dec. 18, and 76-67 to the Academy of Art on Saturday, Dec. 19.
The losses put the Lady Pioneers at 0-9 going into the holiday break with their next game coming up on Saturday, Jan. 2, at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
In Saturday's match, Notre Dame de Namur jumped out to an early 10-2 lead to start off, and never gave up the lead throughout the entire game.
East Bay would close the gap to seven, 36-29, off Frieda Li's lay-up in the second half. But the Lady Pioneers would not be able to keep the rally going.
Claudia Nelson led the Lady Pioneers with 19 points on the night.
In Sunday's match-up against the Academy of Art, the Urban Knights found a way to pull away with a win, despite letting East Bay fight back from a 19-point, second-half deficit.
"We played better tonight, but we still need to continue to improve," said CSUEB coach Toni West. "We need more people to step up defensively and we need to continue to play our game."
With the score 38-36 at half, the Urban Knights opened the second half with a 19-5 run in the first nine minutes. East Bay went scoreless throughout the first six minutes of the half until freshman guard Jasmine Smith's jumper with 13 minutes left ended the scoring drought.
Smith's bucket wouldn't hold enough on its own as AAU went on a 7-0 run to give them a 19-point lead.
East Bay would rally back with a 21-4 run, cutting the Urban Knight lead to just two, 64-62, with 3:21 left. But the Urban Knights would stay strong in the game's final minutes, going 4-6 from the free throw line in the final seconds to clinch the win.
Ohlone men take West Valley Classic championship
A three-game losing streak in late November seems like months ago, as coach John Peterson and crew enter the Christmas break on a five-game winning streak after winning the West Valley tournament last weekend, December 18-20.
The Renegades defeated Siskiyous 90-49 on Friday, Dec. 18; Monterey Peninsula 70-39 on Saturday, Dec. 19; and Foothill 56-52 in the championship round on Sunday, Dec. 20.
Friday and Saturday's wins mark the lowest number of points allowed in a game by the Renegades so far this season.
The Renegades return to action on New Year's Eve when they travel to Sacramento to take on Consumnes River.
Ohlone women drop two at home tourney
The Lady Renegades didn't have the same success as the men's side. While hosting their own four-team tournament, Ohlone dropped both contests - 68-64 to Irvine Valley on Friday, Dec. 18; and 74-72 to San Diego City on Saturday, Dec. 19.
Sophomore Jasmine Rubin, a James Logan High School alum, led the Renegades in scoring over the two-game span, totaling 41 points. Ganeaya Rogers also had a solid weekend of shooting, netting 25 points in the two games, combined.
With the two losses, the Lady Renegades fell to 3-5 on the season. After a 10-day break, Ohlone will return to the hardwood on Monday, Dec. 28, to take part in the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic at De Anza College.
Chabot men down De Anza
Chabot College men's basketball is looking to start another win streak after defeating De Anza College, 77-59, on Friday, Dec. 18.
The win comes a week after Chabot ended their three-game win streak, losing to City College of San Francisco in the San Jose City College Classic on December 12.
Derrick Bruce led the way for the Gladiators with 19 points, seven rebounds and an assist on the night.
Chabot returns to action on December 29 when they host Lassen College in the Chabot Tournament.