In a regional final for the first time since 1990, the Hancock College basketball team will try Saturday night extend its season a bit longer.
The No. 10 Bulldogs (22-9) will play at second seed San Bernardino Valley College (27-4) at 7 p.m. in one of four Southern California Regional finals. The winner will go to the state tournament. The Wolverines are 10-0 at home this year. Hancock will try to end SBVC's winning streak at 14.
The Wolverines will go after their third tournament appearance. SBVC went in 1956, 2000 and 2014.
Hancock's fellow Western State Conference North Division member, No. 9 Ventura, will play at No. 1 San Diego City College in another regional final.
The Bulldogs won at No. 7 Fullerton in overtime in the second round last week. SBVC got past No. 18 Antelope Valley College in overtime.
There isn't much scoring difference between SBVC and Hancock. The Wolverines average 78.1 points a game. The Bulldogs average 76.
There IS a big difference in how much each team's defense gives up. The Wolverines yield a paltry 52.3 points a game. The Bulldogs give up 70.8.
Both teams have balanced scoring. Point guard Shane Carney (16.9 points a game), Devin Davis (11.2), Glenn Jordan (10.5) and Spirit Ricks (10.3) all average in double figures for the Bulldogs.
Kevin McNeal averages 13.5 points a game for the Wolverines. Kendall Lauderdale is at 12.5 and Craig Le Cesne is at 11.0. Three other Wolverines average at least 7.8 points a game.
Both teams have shot the ball pretty well from the field. Hancock shoots 45.5 percent from the field. SBVC shoots at a 48.2 percent clip. Both teams rebound well. Hancock averages 41.6 rebounds a game to its opponents' 32.4, and SBVC averages 38-plus rebounds a game to its opponents' 25-plus.
Both teams are fairly efficient at the 3-point shot. They both shoot a percentage in the high 30s from beyond the arc. Hancock makes an average of seven-plus 3s a game. SBVC makes an average of six.
Neither team has exactly been spectacular from the foul line. SBVC makes 71 percent of its free throws, Hancock makes 65 percent.
Opponents shoot a mere 36.9 percent from the field overall and 27.9 percent on 3's against the Wolverines.
Bulldogs named to Scholar-Athlete team
Seven Hancock College football players earned spots on the 2017 Southern California Football Association (SCFA) Scholar-Athlete Team.
Linebacker Taupule Asotau, tight end Dominic Chance, wide receiver Nick Kimball, cornerback Lenny Roundtree, Jr., offensive lineman Lesone Smith, fullback Kevin Stark and safety Ben Willkomn qualified for the academic awards program.
To qualify, student-athletes had to meet three requirements: be an active member of a SCFA football team for two seasons; successfully complete a minimum of 36 units, 27 of which must have been in academic courses; and achieve a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.
All seven played key roles in 2017 for the Bulldogs, who finished 8-3 overall and won the program’s first outright conference title since 1997.
The seven student-athletes on this year’s list represent the largest number of Hancock players since 11 Bulldogs qualified for the 2012 SCFA Scholar-Athlete Team.