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December 24, 2010 > Local college update

Local college update

By Gary van den Heuvel

Photo by Don Jedlovec

Both the men's and women's basketball teams at Cal State University East Bay continued to struggle in the early portion of their respective seasons, with each team losing both of their games last week.

CSUEB men traveled to UC San Diego, and despite 21 points from Mark Samuels, fell 69-55 after keeping the game close in the first half - the Pioneers trailed 34-30 at the break. Roshun Wynne scored 15 in the losing effort. UCSD was led by Christian Hatch's 16 points.

On Dec. 19, the Pioneers hosted Sonoma State and despite a horrific beginning in which Sonoma broke out to a 28-11 lead, CSUEB rallied to pull within eight points at halftime. The second half was much like the first, in that the Pioneers fell further behind, but rallied furiously in the final minutes only to succumb by a 68-62 final score. Wynne was the leading scorer for the Pioneers, with 21 points, 16 coming in the second half. At week's end, East Bay is 2-7 overall and winless in the CCAA after four conference games.

CSUEB's women's team started the week with a 61-37 loss at UC San Diego. Lauren Lucchesi was East Bay's scoring leader with 12 points to go along with eight rebounds. Claudia Nelson scored 11, and Marlene MacMillan added eight with nine rebounds. The Pioneers returned home on Dec. 19 and made a valiant attempt to come back, but ultimately saw their record fall to 0-9 with a 60-56 loss to Sonoma State. Nelson led the Pioneers with 13 points. Lucchesi and Sarah Finlay each scored 11 points. MacMillan nearly had a double-double, with 10 boards and nine points.

The local junior colleges had considerably more upbeat weeks, especially at Ohlone College, whose men's and women's team each won tournaments. The men began the West Valley event with a 66-51 whipping of Diablo Valley College, who came into the game ranked fourth in the state. The Renegades, who are currently ranked in the state's top 20, were led by Levon Grey's 20 points. Following the upset win, Ohlone rolled to the tournament title with victories over Alameda (by an 87-44 score) in the semis, and a 77-68 final win over Siskiyous.

Ohlone's women did their school proud with a win in the CSM tournament in San Mateo. Coach Julia Allender's squad dispatched Reedley in the first round, Butte College in the semifinals, and finished with a 72-59 thumping of Santa Monica on Dec. 19 to take home the title.

Chabot College's basketball teams had a quiet week. The men's team won their only game of the week, a 94-68 spanking of visiting Modesto College. The Gladiators spread the wealth, with five players scoring in double digits: Kyle Luckett (21 points), Joshua De La Torre (18 points), Jourdan DeMuynck (11), Howie Manzo (11) and Colin Chadwick (10).

Chabot's women's team was idle until Wednesday, Dec. 22, against Butte College at Chabot (score unavailable at press).

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