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

Amos sparks Ohlone rout of Redwoods

By Kyle Bonagura, Staff writer.

Sunday, February 25, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

FREMONT—All year, the Ohlone College men's basketball team has used its deep bench and unrivaled athleticism to win games.

Nothing changed in the first round of the Northern California Regional against College of the Redwoods on Saturday as the Renegades won 86-65.

College of the Redwoods coach Skip Gleason came away very impressed with Ohlone.

"They are very, very athletic," he said. "They just gave us too much pressure. It's tough to play against a team with that many good athletes."

With Ohlone, it's almost if a different player steps up each night and provides the spark to get the team going.

Sean Amos was that guy on Saturday, amazing considering his best friend and high school basketball teammates, Rick Fambrugh, was murdered recently in Amos' native Philadelphia.

"I knew he would want me to go out and play hard," Amos said. "I can't stop thinking about him. I knew he was out there with me the whole game."

Amos said he didn't care about points or rebounds, he just wanted his team to get the win and another step towards their goal of winning the State Championship.

Ohlone coach John Peterson was unsure whether Amos would take some personal time off before next Saturday's game against No. 7 San Joaquin Delta but said he was amazed by Amos' ability to play as well as he did considering the circumstances.

Amos scored six of Ohlone's first eight points as it took an early 14-5 lead and wound up leading the Renegades in scoring, with 14.

College of the Redwoods (19-13) battled back and led 29-26 with about four minutes left in the first half.

But the Renegades closed the half on a 10-0 run and opened the second half with 13-2 run to push its lead to 18 points.

The two squads played fairly evenly for the rest of the game, with the Corsairs never getting closer than 13.

Ohlone (27-3) will host San Joaquin Delta on Saturday, with a berth in the Elite Eight on the line.

San Joaquin, which advanced with a win against No. 10 Modesto on Friday, is a very physical team, according to Peterson.

Peterson has said all season he wanted to get a top-4 seed, ensuring two home games before the field comes together at the Elite Eight in Fresno.

San Joaquin Delta's best player, Michael Nunally, is a 6-foot-9 forward who has already signed a letter of intent to play at the University of the Pacific next season.

"He is the best player in their conference," Peterson said. "We're going to have to get the pace going. Our depth should help us."

Renardo Bass (13), Bert Whittington (12), Allen Hester (11), Jermaine Smith (11) and Amos scored in double figures for Ohlone.

Ohlone did have some trouble with College of the Redwoods guard Tom Higgins, who hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points.

"We lost him a couple times, but that happens when you play the way we do," Peterson said.

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