Article, 2008-2009 Season - Ohlone Renegades Men's Basketball
Ohlone gets defensive in win over CCSF
By Steve R. Waterhouse, Staff writer.
Saturday, January 10, 2009—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.
FREMONT—It's no secret the Coast Conference North men's basketball division is one of the toughest in the state.
The seven teams entered conference play this week with a 62.5 win percentage. Six of the teams are in double figures in wins and four are ranked in the Top 15 in Northern California, according to jcscores.com.
That makes nearly every conference game a battle and means that home victories are imperative to win the title.
Two years removed from a co-championship, host Ohlone took a major stride is getting back to the top with a 75-59 win over a City College of San Francisco team that is ranked No. 6 in the state and No. 2 in Northern California.
"In the nine years that I've been here, two losses gets you a co-championship, that's how tough it is," Ohlone coach John Peterson said. "It's kind of a cliche, but you really have to take the approach of one game at a time. You have to take care of each individual game."
And Ohlone did that with what it's know for: a stifling defense.
The Renegades entered with the second-best defense in the state, allowing 57 points per game. On the other side, there was CCSF, which came in averaging 81 points per game.
"We had to mix up different looks," Peterson said. "They get the ball up the floor so quick, it was hard for us to press. So we played a strong half-court defense."
Nearly every shot from a CCSF player was contested and to make matters worse for the Rams, Ohlone crashed the boards with such enthusiasm that most trips down the court resulted in just one opportunity to score.
Ohlone forced 26 turnovers and held the Rams (17-6, 1-1 CCN) to 26 points in the second half.
Alpha N'Diaye led the defensive charge for the Renegades, who improved to 15-6 overall and 2-0 in CCN play. The 6-foot-8 center had five blocks and seven rebounds to go with five points.
He got into foul trouble midway through the first half and had to take a seat on the bench. But he made his presence felt nearly the entire second half.
Ohlone's Tim Bowman, who grabbed eight rebounds, led the offense with 18 points. Teammates Scott Clark and A'Dontis Flournoy had 13 points each. Ronnie Sawyer and James Hancock had 11 points each.
After jumping out to a 20-11 lead, the Rams battled back and closed to within 22-20 on a base-line jumper by Steven Brown with 9:05 left in the first half.
Ohlone went on an 18-13 run the rest of the way to take a 40-33 lead into the half.
The Renegades added more separation to begin the second half with a 7-2 run to take a 47-35 lead.
The Rams closed to within 56-51 on a layup by Tennyson High graduate Andrew Davenport with 10:27 left.
That's when Ohlone strapped it down defensively. The Rams went through a stretch where they scored a mere four points in five minutes.
At the same time, Ohlone began to pull away and when Sawyer hit two free throws to cap a 6-0 run with 3:02 left, Ohlone had a commanding 72-55 lead.
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