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

Antelope Valley stuns Ohlone

Renegades, No. 2 seed in North, blow 15-point second half lead

By Anthony Galaviz, Correspondent.

Friday, March 9, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

FRESNO—No lead is safe in the Community College State Championships. Just ask the Ohlone men's basketball team.

The Renegades built a 15-point second-half lead, but Antelope Valley made a furious comeback to pull out a 71-69 victory in a quarterinal game at Selland Arena on Thursday.

"When you have too many good players, no lead is safe," Ohlone coach John Peterson said. " I think this was a valuable lesson. They played hard, and we couldn't get it done."

Ohlone, the North's second seed, advanced to the Elite Eight with a 63-60 victory against San Joaquin Delta on Saturday. Ohlone ends its season with a 28-4 record.

Antelope Valley, the South's third seed, advanced to Saturday's semifinal game against Ventura. Ventura defeated Yuba 82-75 in the second game of the state tournament.

Things sure looked bright in the first half for the Renegades, who jumped out to a 40-25 lead behind their perimeter game. Ohlone was 9-for-13 from 3-point range, but in the second half, the 3-point shooting wasn't there. The Renegades were 3-for-13 from beyond on the arc after the intermission.

"They stopped making the 3s," Antelope Valley coach Dieter Horton said.

"That was huge. We capitalized, and we were hoping for some good stops, and that energized us. I didn't do much at the end."

Peterson praised the Marauders.

"Never went away," Peterson said. "They kept getting stops. We couldn't get any buckets."

Antelope Valley opened the second half with a 9-0 run, led by Ade Dagunduro's 3-point shooting. Ohlone stopped the run with a layup by Allen Hester, who had missed mostof the first half because of foul trouble.

But he made most of his presence in the second half. Hester finished with a team-high 17 points. Bert Whittington added 14 points and Willis Gardner 11 for the Renegades.

Ohlone (28-3) couldn't get anything going with less than four minutes remaining, and Antelope Valley (29-6) took advantage. Marcellus Robertson's layup tied the game at 69, and he followed with a another layup to give the Marauders a 71-69 lead with 36 seconds left.

Dagunduro finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Robertson added 20.

The Renegades had a couple of chances at the end, but Hester couldn't convert on two 3-point opportunities with four seconds left.

Afterward, Peterson held a 45-minute team meeting.

"We're a family," Hester said. "(The loss) brings us closer. They didn't quit."

Antelope Valley had 29 points off turnovers. Ohlone committed 24 turnovers.

"We didn't have an answer," Peterson said. "We needed to get a good shot.

"They did a great job defending us. They really made it difficult for us. We got a couple of good looks at the end. It was more of our inability to keep it together in close games, and I take the blame for that. We just didn't have enough."

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