SAN FRANCISCO -- The Chabot College men's basketball team picked the perfect time to pull off one of its biggest wins in recent memory.
The visiting Gladiators stunned City College of San Francisco 101-94 on Saturday to advance to the final four of the California Community College Athletic Association state championships, which begin Friday at Cerritos College.
"It feels really great to beat them after they beat us twice during the regular season," Chabot guard Paris Davis said. "Halfway through the season we realized how good and special this team is and there was no doubt we can reach the state championships."
With the win, the Gladiators advances to the state final four for the first time since the 1990-91, when they advanced to the title game but lost to Rancho Santiago.
Greg Brown and Leo Smith combined for 29 points after intermission while Jalen Rodgers picked the perfect time for his only field goal in the second half, a 3-pointer to give the Gladiators a 73-70 lead over the state's No. 1 ranked team with 9:08 remaining.
After a Dulani Robinson free throw pulled the Rams within a point at 80-79, Davis and Cortez Bennett hit back-to-back shots in the paint before Smith hit two straight 3-pointers to extend the Gladiators lead to 90-83 with 1:40 remaining.
Chabot then went 11-for-12 from the line in the last two minutes to give the Rams just its second loss of the season and end their 28-game win streak.
Smith led Chabot with 24 points and Brown added 22. Davis had 17, including 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the second half.
Robinson finished with 31 points and Chuks Iroegbu added 21 to go along with five blocks for the Rams, who finished the season at 29-2.