OAKS FALL . . . An exciting postseason run by the Menlo College men's basketball team came to an end in a 66-63 loss to host CSU Martime in the championship game of the California Pacific Conference playoffs on Monday night in Vallejo. The Oaks (10-18) and Keelhaulers (24-6) played a highly competitive brand of basketball, but Maritime's ability to make clutch free throws down the stretch proved to be the difference. It was CSU Maritime's second consecutive Cal Pac tournament title. With just over five minutes remaining, Maritime took their largest lead of the night, 49-39. In the final minutes of the game, ChaRunn Jones proved he wasn't ready for his career at Menlo to conclude. Jones scored 12 points in just over 3 1/2 minutes, capped off by a rare four-point-play. The Oaks, however, had to begin fouling as they trailed by six with just minutes remaining. Maritime continued to hit free throws, and Jones kept taking it down the court and answering with three-pointers. Despite the best efforts of Jones and the Oaks, the Keelhaulers were not to be denied as they held on. Jones led all scorers with 20 points on the night. John Smith and Charles Barnes each added eight for the Oaks while teammate Keith Bowman contributed eight points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
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