VENTURA — The Hancock College men's basketball team's remarkable run ended with a thud Friday night in the first round of the California Community College Athletic Association state tournament.
The Bulldogs shot just 8-for-25 (32 percent) from the floor in the second half and City College of San Francisco, the top Northern California seed, pulled away for an 86-63 win at Ventura College.
The state tournament appearance was the first for a Hancock College men's basketball squad since 1974. The Bulldogs won the state championship that year.
The Rams (31-1) have won 27 straight. They led 44-36 at halftime. The Bulldogs, the No. 4 Southern California seed in the state tourney, finished 23-10 and saw their three-game winning streak end.
The Rams racked up nearly all of their winning margin by points off turnovers, out-scoring the Bulldogs 22-0 in that department. The CCSF bench out-scored Hancock's 30-10.
The Bulldogs took much better care of the ball in the second half, with just five turnovers after committing 12 before the break, but their shooting was much worse.
After shooting 14-for-25 from the field in the first half, the Bulldogs didn't make a basket in the second until Devin Davis scored at the 15:31 mark.
Sophomore point guard Shane Carney scored a game-high 23 points but, after a solid first half, he struggled with his shot in the second. Carney finished 7-for-22 from the field, including four-for-15 on 3-pointers.
Davis finished with 11 points. Glenn Jordan added 10 for Hancock.
Terrell Brown, a 6-foot-7 guard for the Rams, had a big second half and finished with a team-high 22 points. He made all of his 12 free throws.
Eddie Stansbury scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half for the Rams. Lewis Hayes had a big second half for CCSF and finished with 15 points on seven-for-11 shooting from the floor.
The Rams, who came in averaging around 91 points a game, had their problems on offense for awhile in the second half too and, after first Shemarr Parker and then Carney made two free throws, the Bulldogs trailed just 58-50 at the 10:54 mark.
However, Brown sank two foul shots to hike the Rams' lead to 60-50 at the 10:42 mark, and a Brown basket with 8:20 left started a 23-9 CCSF run to finish.
Carney nailed the first shot of the game, a 3-pointer, and Hancock made all of its first four shots en route to taking an early 13-8 lead.
The high-scoring Rams showed they can play defense too, though, and the Bulldogs struggled when the Rams went to a full-court, man-to-man press.
The Rams gradually took control with their defensive pressure. After CCSF got an offensive rebound, Brown put the Rams ahead for good, at 26-24, when he made two free throws at the 8:33 mark of the first half.
CCSF was ahead in double digits for the first time after Stansberry's four-point play. Stansberry buried a 3-point shot, was fouled and then sank the free throw to put the Rams ahead 44-33 with 54.4 seconds left in the first half.
Carney shrank the deficit back to single digits when he made a long '3' for the last points of the half.
The Rams were below par on their overall shooting from the field (31-for-71, 43.7 percent) and on 3's (9-for-25). However, they missed just one of their 16 foul shots. The Bulldogs were just 12-for-19 from the foul line.
Though they played at a brisk pace, the Rams had just six turnovers. They over-dribbled against defensive pressure less than the Bulldogs did and they weren't shy about passing up a shot in order to hit the open man on a pass.
CCSF will play in the semfinals Saturday. Other first-round state tournament scores were San Diego City College 72, Santa Rosa 64, Cerritos 83, Yuba 77 and Fresno City College 96, Orange Coast Colelge 80.