The Hancock College men's basketball team had to dust off the school records books this year.
The Bulldogs reached 20 wins for the first time in five seasons. Their 21 total wins is the most since the program won 23 times in the 2000-01 season.
Friday night, they'll be making their first playoff appearance under coach Tyson Aye, who took over the program for the 2013-14 season. Hancock plays at Fullerton in a California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional playoff game.
The Bulldogs, who received a first-round bye, are the No. 10 seed in the bracket. Fullerton is the No. 7 seed. The second-round game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m.
Hancock has four players who score at least 10 points per game.
Sophomore Shane Carney, who missed last season after suffering serious injuries in a car accident, has returned to lead the Bulldogs this year. Carney scored a team-high 16.9 points per game during the regular season. Devin Davis, another sophomore guard, adds 10.7 points per game.
Spirit Ricks, a freshman forward, averages 10.6 points per game while shooting 55 percent from the field. Glenn Jordan, a freshman guard, averages 10.3 points per game, shooting 40 percent from the field.
Ricks leads the team with 7.1 rebounds a game. Davis adds seven rebounds and Trenton Mitchell, a freshman forward, adds 6.9 boards per contest.
John Riddick, a 6-foot-9 freshman, leads Hancock with two blocks a game.
As a team, the Bulldogs have shot 45.7 percent from the field this year. The Bulldogs shoot 37.6 percent from 3-point range and hit about seven 3s per game. Hancock averages just over 76 points per game while allowing 71.
Hancock went 21-9 during the regular season and 8-2 in the Western State Conference North Division.
Fullerton finished are runner-up in the Orange Empire Conference with a record of 9-3.
The guard-oriented Hornets are 20-7 overall and are led by sophomore guard Jason Richardson, who leads the team at 18.4 points per game. Guard Khalil Stevenson adds 10 points per game for the Hornets and center Ronne Readus chips in 9.4. Vaj Rice has average nine points a game this year.
The last time Hancock and Fullerton played was during the Cuesta Tournament in November of 2015. Hancock lost that game 70-51.
According to a Hancock press release, the Bulldogs and Hornets have four common opponents this season: East Los Angeles, Cuesta, West Hills Coalinga and Pasadena City. Both teams lost to East L.A. and defeated Pasadena and Cuesta. Hancock defeated West Hills 79-68, but Fullerton lost 85-72.
San Diego City (29-2) received the No. 1 seed in the SoCal Regional. Ventura (21-8), which won its third straight WSC title and edged the Bulldogs by one game, received the No. 9 seed. The Pirates will play at No. 8 Copper Mountain (20-9). Cuesta (16-15), which finished third in the WSC North, received the No. 15 seed in the region.
Hancock routed at Cypress
Sophomore shortstop Quinntin Perez, a St. Joseph grad, slugged a leadoff home run to give Hancock the early lead, but it was all Cypress as the Chargers won 16-3.
Hancock dropped to 6-6, all of its losses coming on the road, and saw its three-game win streak come to an end.
Cypress, ranked No. 3 in the region, won its seventh in a row to improve to 10-3.
Cypress went ahead with two runs in the first inning and added one in the second, two in third and four more in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Hancock starter Nic Cardinal took the loss, allowing seven hits, nine runs — six of them earned — over four innings. He struck out five Chargers.
Freshman Jesse Gasca, from Lompoc High, allowed four runs on three hits in one inning, while Shane Flaningam surrendered three runs, three walks and two hits in one inning of relief for Hancock. Phillip Martin (Cabrillo) and Jeff Fernandes (Arroyo Grande) threw one shutout inning of relief apiece.
After Cypress scored 13 straight runs, Hancock added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Perez hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and Davy Demeter scored on a wild pitch in the eighth.
Perez finished 1-for-3 with a home run and 2 RBIs. Cordell Bowie, Marcus Nix, Jr. and Chad Jones had one hit apiece.
Cypress outhit Hancock 12 to four. Dominic Campeau went 5-for-5 with 8 RBIs and scored five times. He hit a grand slam in the fourth, RBI doubles in the first and third innings, and run-scoring singles in the fifth and seventh innings.
Jesse Lopez added two hits and scored four times.
The Bulldogs will return to action 1 p.m. Friday at Irvine Valley College before returning to Cypress for a 12 p.m. game on Saturday. Hancock defeated Irvine Valley 11-9 and 9-1 in Santa Maria last weekend.
Hancock 30, Santa Monica 1, 5 Inn.
Hancock clobbered Santa Monica to begin its WSC Gold Division title defense at home Thursday.
A complete box score was not available at press time.
Nakaila Fuggs had a two-run double in the first inning and Mallory Townsend added a bases-clearing triple in Hancock's 12-run first. Crystal Gonzalez added a two-run triple in the second and Bailey Killough added an RBI single to put Hancock up 16-1 in the second.
Hannah Diaz started and earned the win for the Bulldogs.
Hancock improved to 8-3-1 on the season. The Bulldogs next host Mt. San Jacinto in a doubleheader Saturday, starting at 12 p.m. Santa Monica fell to 5-10.
Cabrillo 16, Pioneer Valley 2
The Conquistadores are in the win column for the first time in the 2017-18 spring season, after upending the Panthers at home.
Cabrillo swept the doubles events against the Panthers. Head coach David Riley said he was especially pleased with Christian Barrick on the day.
"Saw some good things from Christian today. Felt he played smart," Riley said.
He added Zach Porter and Marco Monroy were stellar on the doubles side along with Dylan Hogan and Chance Siers.
Barrick won all three of his singles contests. Cabrillo's No. 1 Cedric Kwon took two of three contests. Same with CHS's No. 3 option Jacob Maglinte.
St. Joseph 14, Lompoc 4
St. Joseph improved to 2-0 on the season, completing a non-league sweep of the Lompoc Valley high schools.
After defeating Cabrillo 14-4 on Tuesday, The Knights posted another 14-4 win Thursday, this time over Lompoc High.
St. Joseph's No. 1 singles player Nick Stader won his three sets 6-0, 6-3, 6-0. St. Joseph's No. 2 singles player Ben Haskell and No. 1 doubles team of Nick Malin and Garrison Flick went 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.
St. Joseph plays Monday at Morro Bay.