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March 1, 2011 > Chabot hoops goes on in chase for State, Ohlone goes home

Chabot hoops goes on in chase for State, Ohlone goes home

By Jeff Weisinger

A year after watching the Ohlone Renegades dominate the Coast Conference North en route to their 2010 Elite Eight cameo, the Chabot Gladiators might finally have their shot at a run toward a State Championship after their 81-63 win over Cabrillo College Friday night, Feb. 25, in Hayward.

The Gladiators turned things around quick after losing their regular-season finale last week, and are in the Sweet 16 for the second-time in as many years. Last season, they lost to the City College of San Francisco in the Sweet 16 round. Chabot, looking for their first trip to the State Tournament, will have to make one more stop, this time at Diablo Valley College on Wednesday, March 2.

On the other side, the team that won their regular season finale, lost in their playoff opener. What some might consider the worst year in Ohlone men's basketball is finally over after the Renegades disappointing 69-56 loss against Reedley College last Friday. Reedley, as some may remember, defeated Ohlone by a point in the 2009 Sweet 16 round in Fremont.

The Renegades 13-point loss is their second largest deficit in the last five years. Ohlone's 14-point loss to eventual state champion Saddleback College in the Elite 8 last year is the worst playoff loss in the John Peterson era.

Ohlone 3, Diablo Valley 5
The honeymoon that was No. 4 Ohlone baseball's four-game win streak came down to a halt on Thursday as the defending State champs fell back to a game below .500 after their 3-2 loss at No. 9 Diablo Valley College.

Ohlone pitcher Michael Rogers took his second loss of the season after the Vikings rocked him for five runs on nine hits through just three innings of work.

Diablo Valley shut down the Renegade offense until the top of the ninth inning when Mark Mercer's run scored on an error by the shortstop sparked a three-run Renegade rally, however Kainoa Crowell grounded out to second with the potential tying runs on base.

Chabot 9, Cosumnes River 8
Chabot got back up to a .500 record after defeating Cosumnes River College 9-8 on Tuesday in a shootout.

The Gladiators took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the second inning when CRC took over, tagging Chabot starter Jack Veronin for six runs, just three earned, through two and a third innings pitched, as CRC took a 7-4 lead after the third inning.

Chabot was shutdown in the middle innings, however would storm back for four runs in the final two innings, including Craig Massoni's run scored on a wild pitch to give Chabot the 9-8 lead in the ninth with two out.

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