Article, 2007-2008 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Basketball

Ohlone wins with defense

By Matt Rempel, Correspondent.

Thursday, January 31, 2008—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

HAYWARD—In a key matchup between two of the top squads in the Coast Conference North Division, the Ohlone College men's basketball team turned to defense to break open a tight game, claiming a 68-59 victory over host Chabot in the process.

After trailing by a single point at 34-33 four minutes into the second half, the Renegades went on a 28-10 run over the next 10 minutes to take the lead and pull away.

"In the second half, we got some stops, getting some separation," Ohlone coach John Peterson said, "Chancious Rose and Amarildo Matos did a great job, picking up some steals and deflections, and turning them into baskets for us."

James Hancock led Ohlone with 16 points and gave the Renegades a 61-44 advantage with his three-point play, getting Chabot's Paki Brown to foul out as well.

"Our team is based on defense," said Hancock, a freshman forward from San Diego said. "Coach told me at halftime to be more aggressive, so I went after them. We're on a roll right now."

The win gives Ohlone a 5-1 record in conference play, keeping it in contention for the conference title. The Renegades are tied for first with City College of San Francisco.

The Gladiators, who fell to 4-2 in conference, cut the Ohlone lead to eight with three minutes left, on Derieck Mosbey's fourth 3-pointer of the night, but could get no closer.

"Too many turnovers tonight," coach Denny Aye said. "We needed to protect the basketball better in the second half. Ohlone was more aggressive, and we couldn't respond."

The first half featured the Gladiators leading most of the way, taking a 17-12 lead on Pott's second 3-pointer of the half. Ohlone responded with an 8-2 run to take its first lead, at 20-19, on Rose's driving layup. However, Alex Mallari hit a 3-pointer to send the teams to a 26-26 halftime tie.

Moseby led Chabot with 16 points, and Potts added 10.

Rose, Tim Bowman and Eric Pitts scored nine points apiece for Ohlone.

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