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February 24, 2010 > Ohlone men clinch basketball title

Ohlone men clinch basketball title

By Gary van den Heuvel

Ohlone College men's basketball finished the season very strong with wins over Las Positas and Chabot College, wrapping up the Coast Conference North title and heading into the playoffs as the number-one ranked team in the state.

The Renegades clinched the CCN with an 82-58 whipping of Las Positas on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Up by 10 at the half, Ohlone came roaring out of the gate in the second half, going on a 22-3 run which ended the suspense. Lavon Grey led Ohlone with 17 points. Ronnie Sawyer scored 16 and Maurice Briggs popped in 12.

Ohlone's win over Chabot on Friday, Feb. 19, was especially sweet, considering that the Gladiators were the only CCN team to beat the Renegades this season. Another explosive second half for Ohlone settled matters - they outscored the Gladiators 43-26 in the half - for a final of 73-48.

Reggie Jones led Ohlone with 22. Scott Clark (11 points), Demetris Love (10) and Sawyer (10) all scored in double digits. Mark Stevenson led Chabot with 11 points. Chabot ended the season with an 18-8 overall record, going 7-5 in the CCN.

As of press time, the brackets for the postseason have not yet been released, but coach John Peterson's Renegades will go in as a number one seed, finishing the regular season with a 22-4 record, 11-1 in the CCN.

Ohlone's women's team, who had clinched the CCN title two weeks ago, ended its regular season with a 55-37 win over De Anza, followed by a season-ending 70-61 loss (the Renegades' first in the CCN this year) to Foothill.

The game against De Anza came on Sophomore Night, which coach Julia Allender called "a bittersweet night for all the sophomores and myself." Ganeaya Rogers led the scoring with 24 points.

With Jasmine Duenas out due to an ankle sprain, Allender played only six players in the season-ender against Foothill on Friday, Feb. 19. Jasmine Rubin and Rogers both scored 17, and Crystal Mclaughlin added 10 in the loss. Allender was disappointed to finish the season with a conference loss, but was satisfied with her team's effort.

"We are playing really well as a team and Friday's game proved that we can compete and are ready for the playoffs," Allender said. "We are looking to get in there and make a statement."

Chabot College's women's team ended their season with a loss, 66-63 to Foothill, and 63-56 win over College of San Mateo. Monica Garcia led the Gladiators with 21 points against CSM. Chabot ended the season with a 15-11 record, going 5-5 in the CCN.

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