Article, 2006-2007 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Basketball

Ohlone starts slow, then erupts

Renegades trail Foothill by 6 after 13 minutes, then win by 35

By Kyle Bonagura, Staff writer.

Sunday, January 7, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—Foothill College made the mistake of actually believing it could play with Ohlone on Saturday. It opened a 10-4 lead and led for the first 13 minutes before Ohlone decided to play to its potential and blitzed to a school record 16th straight win, 75-40.

"Obviously we played well after the slow start," said Ohlone coach John Peterson. "We have an intensity in practice every day, and we played with it tonight."

Ohlone—the No. 2-ranked junior college team in the state—took its first lead with 7:21 left in the first half, at 21-20, on a 3-pointer from Korey Hutchinson. From that point, Ohlone couldn't be stopped. It closed the half on a 22-2 run, and the second half was more of the same.

Peterson switched between two groups of five throughout the game without any letdown from either group.

He said the players actually pick the groups and he doesn't see any difference between the two.

"They go out and play hard for three minutes, and we switch it up," Peterson said. "If it's a close game at the end, we try to find a combination that works."

There was no need for any new combinations as both groups were vastly superior to anything Foothill put on the court.

Foothill doesn't have a player on its roster with athleticism close to what Ohlone has. It was almost as if every player on Ohlone (18-1, 2-0 Coast Conference) was better than every player on Foothill. (6-12, 0-2)

Patrick Collier scored 15 points to lead Ohlone, which had 11 players score.

Peterson pointed to Willis Gardner's defensive intensity as something stood out in his mind.

Next for Ohlone is a game at No. 17 Chabot on Wednesday.

"It's going to be a dogfight," Peterson said.

The two teams split last year, with each winning at home.

"Us, them and San Francisco are the three supposed to compete for the conference," Peterson said. "We've got our same group back from last year, we're just more mature. (Chabot) has a new team."

Since losing to Diablo Valley College 66-65 on Nov. 11, Ohlone has been unstoppable. During the record winning streak, the Renegades margin of victory has been in double digits 13 times. During the past four games, Ohlone has won by an average of 22.3 points, and it is poised to become the best team in school history.

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