FULLERTON — Hancock scored its first men's basketball playoff win in nearly two decades Friday night.
The Bulldogs, playing at Fullerton College in a CCCAA regional playoff, fended off the Hornets throughout regulation and eventually into overtime, winning 70-67.
It's the first postseason win for Hancock's men since 2001.
Devin Davis scored a game-high 24 points for Hancock. Sophomore guard Shane Carney scored 15 points for the Bulldogs.
Glenn Jordan added 15 as well as Hancock won the second-round game of the California Community College Athletic Association Southern Regional.
Hancock is now 22-9 overall and into the regional final.
Hancock will either play at No. 2 San Bernardino Valley (26-4) or host No. 18 Antelope Valley College next Saturday. SBVC hosts AVC Saturday. AVC defeated Cuesta in Wednesday’s first round 64-58.
Davis scored 12 points in the first half to help the Bulldogs keep pace with the Hornets. Despite shooting 38 percent in the first 20 minutes, Hancock trailed 29-27 at the break.
After Fullerton started the second half on a 8-3 run to build a 37-30 lead, Hancock found its groove on both ends of the court. Buckets by Davis and a 3-pointer from the corner by Shemarr Parker fueled an 11-0 run by the Bulldogs to give Hancock its first lead since early in the game. Carney hit back-to-back 3-pointers for the Bulldogs and Glenn Jordan added a third to help Hancock build a 53-46 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining. Hancock led by as many as eight points, 56-48 with 7:19 to play, after another Jordan triple before Fullerton went on a run of its own and carried a 60-58 lead into the final minute. Davis got the rebound and putback off his own miss to tie it at 60 with less than 30 seconds in regulation.
With the game tied 60-60, Fullerton had the ball coming out of a timeout. The Hornets missed two potential game-winning shots to send it to overtime.
Fullerton scored the first bucket of the five-minute overtime, but Hancock went on a 5-0 run behind a 3-pointer from Carney and a layup off a steal by Jordan to take a 65-62 lead with 3:13 to play. Fullerton hit two free throws to climb to within one, but Davis hit a jumper to push the lead back to three at 67-64. Jordan hit two free throws and Diego Lucas added one of two to keep the Bulldogs ahead. Fullerton missed a desperation 3-point shot at the buzzer to seal the win.
Davis finished the game 12-for-18 from the field with 24 points and eight rebounds. Carney went 5-for-22 from the floor, 3-or-11 from 3-point range and 2-for-3 from the line to end with 15 points.
He upped his program single-season record to 95 3-pointers made this season and broke the school record for most career 3-pointers with 153. The sophomore guard added three assists and two steals.
Jordan hit 3-of-6 from 3-point range and 5-for-11 overall to finish with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Bulldogs. Parker finished with six points and five rebounds, while freshman Trenton Mitchell added eight boards and five points.
Overall, Hancock went 27-for-72 from the field for a 37 percent mark. The Bulldogs shot 30 percent from 3-point range by hitting 7-of-23. The Bulldogs shot 53 percent from the line and sank just 9-of-17.
The Bulldogs forced 17 Fullerton turnovers that led to 20 points. Hancock committed just eight turnovers that led to five Hornet points. Fullerton led the rebounding category 40-to-37 despite 18 offensive rebounds by the Bulldogs.
All-conference forward Spirit Ricks managed two points and two rebounds before leaving the game with an injury in the first half.
Fullerton shot 49 percent from the field and hit 12-of-20 from the free-throw line. Jason Richardson led the Hornets with 24 points and nine rebounds. Ronne Readus recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out of the game.
Hancock gets first road win
Sophomore Cordell Bowie hit his first career home run and Jake Shusterich continued to torment Irvine Valley pitching with four hits and 3 RBI as the Hancock College baseball team survived a ninth-inning rally by the Lasers to win 11-10 on Friday afternoon.
Hancock earned its first road win of the season to improve to 7-6 overall. The Bulldogs are 3-0 against Irvine Valley this season. The Lasers fell to 9-7 on the year.
Irvine Valley scored the first run of the game in the first inning, but the Bulldogs tied it in the second as Bowie crushed one over the wall in left for his first collegiate home run. The Bulldogs took the lead for good in the third as Ismael Hernandez and Shusterich singled in runs to give Hancock a 3-1 lead. The Lasers got a run back in the third, but Hancock answered as sophomore Brendan Gomez doubled to left-centerfield to score Chad Jones to make it 4-2 Hancock.
Shusterich, an Arroyo Grande High graduate, hit a RBI-double in the fifth and scored on a single up the middle from Nic Cardinal to push Hancock’s lead to 6-2.
Hancock carried an 11-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth with Phil Almanza on the mound. The first three batters reached and head coach Chris Stevens brought Hernandez to the mound. The freshman recorded two outs between two hits and a walk as the Lasers pulled to within 11-10. With the tying-run at third and game-winning run at second, Hernandez preserved the win by striking out Cooper Moore for the final out of the game.
Dylan Maiden won his second straight start for Hancock to improve to 2-1. The sophomore allowed four runs, three of them earned, over 5 2/3 innings on the mound. The Cabrillo High School graduate struck out three and walked one.
Hancock will close its three-game trip on Saturday at noon at Cypress. The No. 3 Chargers beat the Bulldogs 16-3 on Thursday.
Hancock’s Batty wins long jump
Freshman Haleigh Batty won the women’s long jump for the third straight week and Ben Wulfesteig finished fourth in the men’s shot put with a season-best mark for the Hancock College track team during the Western State Conference North Meet hosted by Ventura College on Friday.
Batty, a Cabrillo High School graduate, won the long jump going 17 feet, 11.25 inches. The freshman also came in second in the high jump by clearing 4-11.5.
Cherry Inay finished third in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.81 seconds. She also finished sixth in the 400 hurdles in 1:15.2.
On the men’s side, Wulfestieg recorded a season-best mark of 42 feet, 5 inches for a fourth-place finish in the men’s shot put. Sophomore Nate Tulloch finished sixth in the 100-meter dash in 11.86 seconds. Yovany Pineda completed the 3,000-meter run in 9:52 for a seventh-place finish.
The Bulldogs will take a break from competition before returning to action on March 16 at the Bakersfield Relays.