Article, 2008-2009 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Basketball

Ohlone JC on defensive, defeats Las Positas

By Tony Gonsalez, Correspondent.

Saturday, February 7, 2009—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—After surrendering 77 points on Wednesday to City College of San Francisco, the Ohlone College men's basketball team focused once again on its defense heading into a showdown with Las Positas.

Fresh off a 19-point loss to CCSF, the Renegades' effort on the defensive side proved the difference in a 71-58 win over the visiting Hawks in Coast Conference North action Saturday.

With the win, the Renegades (20-8) remain in a first-place tie with CCSF. Both teams are 7-2 in conference play.

Tim Bowman led the Renegades' balanced attack, scoring 11 points as Ohlone finished with six players with eight or more points. Ohlone also took advantage of its size to control the boards as the Renegades outrebounded the Hawks 39-34.

The story of the game, however was the relentless pressure Ohlone put on the Hawks offense as Las Positas was held to 37 percent (23-of-62) from the field.

"We did a really good job of challenging their shots all game long," Ohlone coach John Peterson said. "They didn't get many open looks at the basket."

Bowman was given the assignment of guarding Joe Faumuina, the Hawks' leading scorer and Bowman was more than up to the challenge. Faumuina was held to seven points and one 3-point basket.

Ohlone broke open the game with an 11-0 run over a 2-minute, 30-second stretch late in the first half. Kevan West had two thunderous dunks during the run, which snapped a 20-20 tie.

Las Positas pulled within 49-45 when Jeff Ford hit two free throws with 7:51 left in the game. Ohlone promptly went on a 19-6 run to extend its lead to 68-51 and never looked back.

The Renegades attacked the basket in the second half, making 21-of-45 (47 percent) for the game. Ohlone also converted 24-of-30 from the line, including 16 in a row at one point.

After being held scoreless in the first half due to foul trouble, A.J. Flournoy added nine points in the second half for the Renegades while James Hancock contributed with 10 points and five rebounds.

D'Juan Estis had 11 points while Nick Marshall finished with nine points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks.

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