Gabrys Sadaunykas is a basketball player, not a quarterback, but the Hancock College guard threw a perfect pass at the right time Wednesday night.
Hancock point guard Glenn Jordan ran past his San Diego Miramar defender, and Sadaunykas led him perfectly with a long throw on the in-bounds pass. With 18.7 seconds left, Jordan laid the ball in for the last of his team-high 21 points, and the winning basket as the No. 16 Bulldogs edged the No. 19 Jets 77-74 at Hancock's Joe White Memorial Gymnasium in the first round of a California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Regional.
Sadaunykas called Hancock's last timeout when he had the ball out-of-bounds behind the Hancock basket. When time was back in, he hit Jordan with the perfect pass.
"He just happened to break open," said Sadaunykas. "I had a decision to make, and I saw him get open."
Jordan said, "We've run that play before. Coach (Tyson Aye) has worked with us on it, and it worked at the perfect time for us."
Hancock moved to 23-6. Miramar finished 16-13. The Bulldogs made it into the state tournament last year. If they are to have any hope of doing so this year, they will have to win at overall top seed Fullerton (25-3) in a Saturday quarterfinal. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Jordan put the Hancock lead at 76-73 when he made the layup after Sadaunykas connected with him on the home run pass. Miramar point guard Damien Miller made his first free throw and missed his second after getting fouled.
Spirit Ricks grabbed the rebound on the Miller miss, and the Jets fouled him. Ricks made his first free throw, missed his second but Blake Seits and then Kobe Gatti missed would-be game-tying '3s for the Jets. Time ran out on the Gatti miss.
Hancock led 40-31 at halftime. After the break, the Jets started making some of the same '3' point shots they had been missing in the first half.
Miramar went 9-for-26 on 3-pointers to Hancock's 4-for-10. The Bulldogs offset that by making 17 of their 22 free throws to the Jets' seven-for-nine.
Eleven Bulldogs scored, and Hancock's reserves out-scored Miramar's 22-9. Starter JT Riddick gave Hancock some timely baskets. He also blocked six shots.
Artis Chapman buried some long 3-pointers for Miramar, and his 7-for-11 marksmanship on treys helped the Jets stay in it.
In fact, the Bulldogs saw the 12-point lead they had early in the second half disappear. Miramar point guard Damien Miller plagued Hancock all night with his drives in the lane, and his basket for two of his 20 points put the Jets ahead 64-60 at the 8:09 mark of the second half.
Not much had gone right for Jordan to that point, but then the Jets started giving Jordan the lane, and the Hancock sophomore point guard took it.
He scored 16 points in the last 7:34. At one point, Jordan either made a basket or sank free throws off of drives on four straight possessions. His winning basket came shortly thereafter.
"We have a lot of great shooters on our team, and teams have to pick their poison," said Jordan.
"They sloughed off on our shooters, and that opened things up for me."
Jordan said, "It's the playoffs and no one wanted to home. All credit to (the Jets). They never gave up. God blessed us with the win."
Ricks and Diego Lucas scored 12 points each for Hancock. Riddick had nine.
Cuesta and Ventura shared the Western State Conference-North championship. Hancock finished third.
Hancock and Cuesta were originally scheduled to meet in the first round at Hancock. but CCCAA officials did not want two teams from the same conference playing in the first round, and they put the Bulldogs and Cougars in separate regionals.
Cuesta won its first-round game Wednesday night. Ventura lost. Scores were unavailable.
Rooter bus available
Hancock College athletic director Kim Ensing said Wednesday night that a rooter bus will be available for the Hancock-Fullerton regional playoff game at Fullerton. Those interested can call 922-6966, ext. 3359 or visit the Hancock website at www.hancockcollege.edu for details.
St. Joseph 6, Templeton 4
Michael Tackett had two hits and drove in a St. Joseph run as the Knights (1-4) beat the Eagles for their first win of the year.
Chris Cervantes tripled and drove in a St. Joseph run. Noe Carlos homered. Miles Enos had an RBI and Justin Maldonado drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
St. Joseph starter Matt Melena went 5.1 innings. Brandon Blyth finished up with 1.2 innings of relief.
Santa Ynez 17, Santa Barbara 0
Yesenia Vega pitches three scoreless innings, drive in 3 runs on two hits. Maggie Usher had three hits and two RBIs for Pirates.