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The Week Ahead for Hancock Athletics, Feb. 12-18: Men's Basketball Continues Quest for WSC Title in Final Week of Regular Season; Baseball Opens Three-Game Homestand on Tuesday

The Week Ahead for Hancock Athletics, Feb. 12-18: Men's Basketball Continues Quest for WSC Title in Final Week of Regular Season; Baseball Opens Three-Game Homestand on Tuesday

The Allan Hancock College men's and women's basketball teams enter the final week of their regular seasons. The men are in contention for a conference title, while the women are vying for a playoff berth. After a five-game road trip, the baseball returns home this week looking to get back on track.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (7-1, 20-8)
This Week:
Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ Cuesta, * 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. Oxnard, * 5 p.m.

Riding the program's longest winning streak in at least 12 years at seven games, the Allan Hancock College men's basketball team enters the final week of the regular season tied for first place with Ventura in the Western State Conference standings at 7-1. Hancock is 20-8 overall, reaching the 20-win level for the first time in five seasons. Hancock will play at Cuesta (4-4, 14-15) at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14 before closing the regular season at home on Saturday, Feb. 17 against Oxnard (3-5, 5-12) at 5 p.m. Ventura (7-1, 19-8) will play at Wednesday before hosting Santa Barbara (0-8 1-20) on Saturday. Ventura is the defending conference champion. Hancock is vying for its first conference title since sharing the crown in 2014-15 and 17th in program history.

The Bulldogs climbed into the state and regional polls last week – hitting No. 16 in California and No. 8 in Southern California Region. The next round of polls should be released in the next 24 hours.

Last week, Hancock traveled to Moorpark and picked up an 88-74 victory. Shane Carney (Narbonne HS) and Glenn Jordan (Curtis HS) led the Bulldogs with 20 points apiece. Spirit Ricks (Patterson HS) recorded his second straight double-double and sixth of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Devin Davis (El Cerrito HS) finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. The Bulldogs ended the week with a 68-56 win at home over Santa Barbara City College. Carney drained five 3-pointers, all in the first half, to finish with a team-high 22 points in the win. The sophomore has 85 3-pointers this season, leaving him five shy of tying the program single-season record of 90 set by Matt Willkomm in 2015-16. Ricks recorded his seventh double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Davis added five points, five rebounds and five assists, while Jordan added eight points. Trenton Mitchell (El Diamante HS) tallied five points and seven boards.

For the season, four Bulldogs are averaging 10 or more points per game. Carney leads the way at 16.8 points, followed by Davis at 11, and Jordan and Ricks at 10.6 points. Ricks is the team's leading rebounder at 7.1 per game, followed by Davis at 7.0 and Mitchell at 6.5. Carney averages 5.4 assists per game, which ranks in the top-10 in the state, while Jordan averages 4.4.

Last month, Hancock edged Cuesta 83-80, hanging on to beat the Cougars after leading by as many as 15 points. Carney led the way with 24 points and Davis tied a career high with 23 points to go with 10 rebounds. Jordan added 10 points and seven assists. Noah Saunders led the Cougars with 25 points, while Finn Whetstone added 22. The Bulldogs also handed Oxnard 103-85 in their last meeting. Carney hit a career-best eight 3-pointers to finish with 26 points, five assists and four rebounds. Davis earned a double-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Diego Lucas (Marchesini Sacile) tied a career-high with 13 points and six assists, while Ricks finished with 10 points and eight boards. Jordan tallied 10 points and five assists. Kevin Baines (Westside HS) contributed eight points, seven boards and five assists. Twelve Bulldogs scored at least two points in the win.
Cuesta ranks 12th in the state by averaging 9.7 3-pointers made per game. Saunders is the team's leading scorer at 18.2 points per game, followed by guard Josh Wilson-Murry at 11.5 points and 2.5 3-pointers made per game.

Oxnard guard Jakari McClain leads the state with 30.8 points per game. He is shooting 50.4 percent from the floor and 46.3 percent from 3-point range.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (5-3, 13-11)
This Week:
Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ Cuesta, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. Oxnard *, 3 p.m.

The Hancock women's basketball team will play its final two regular season games this week. The Bulldogs (5-3, 13-11) are third in the Western State Conference standings and face Cuesta (2-6, 10-12) at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, before hosting Oxnard (0-8, 4-17) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 17.

Last week, Hancock started with a 62-46 loss at Moorpark in a battle for second place. Freshman Brianna Rubalcaba (Madera HS) led the Bulldogs with 13 points off the bench, while Grace Rosa (Paso Robles HS) added 10 points. Hancock shot 34.6 percent in the loss and lost sophomore guard Karly Beyers (Pioneer Valley HS) to an ankle injury that limited her to two points in 13 minutes of play.

Playing without Beyers, Hancock bounced back with a 63-53 home win over Santa Barbara City College. Rosa led the way with 21 points and nine rebounds, seven on the offensive glass. Taylor Lee-Hammer (Pagosa Springs HS) scored 10 of her 18 points in the third quarter to go with six rebounds and six assists. Rubalcaba added 10 points, while Anamarie Fruge (Pioneer Valley HS) finished with nine points, six rebounds and four assists in the victory. The Bulldogs completed a series sweep over SBCC for the first time in at least 11 years.

Hancock will go for its seventh straight win against Cuesta this week. Lee-Hammer scored a game-high 18 points, Beyers added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Hannah Walls (Valley Christian Academy) recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Hancock held Cuesta to 22 percent shooting.

The Bulldogs handled Oxnard the first time around 59-39. Lee-Hammer earned her first double-double with 15 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. Rosa notched her fourth double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 boards. Walls tallied nine points, five rebounds and three blocks, while Beyers contributed eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

For the season, Rosa leads the team in scoring (14.7 points) and rebounds (8.1) per game. Lee-Hammer ranks second at 13.2 points, and Beyers sits third in points (12.6) and second in rebounds (7.8). Walls ranks fourth at 6.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Cuesta ranks eighth in the state with 13.5 steals per game. Courtney Barba is the team's leading scorer at 17.1 points per game, while Dakota Shinn sits second with 12.6 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game.

BASEBALL (3-5)
This Week:
Tuesday, Feb. 13 vs. Canyons, 2 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 16 vs. Irvine Valley, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. Irvine Valley, 12 p.m.

The Allan Hancock College baseball team returns home looking to snap a five-game skid. Hancock is 3-0 at home, but 0-5 on the road. This week, the Bulldogs will host College of the Canyons on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. They will host Irvine Valley Friday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17 at noon.

Winners of four straight, Canyons is off to a 5-2 start, including a 9-4 win last Thursday at home against the Bulldogs. Hancock led 4-2 into the sixth inning, but the Cougars tied it in the sixth and scored five times in the seventh to earn the win. Ismael Hernandez (Cabrillo HS) had two hits, including his first collegiate home run. Chad Jones (Faith Lutheran HS) drove in two runs. Nic Cardinal (Mesa CC) started on the mound and struck out seven over six innings in a no-decision.

After falling to Canyons, Hancock fell 7-2 to San Diego Mesa during day two of the tournament hosted by Canyons. Brian Dowell (Righetti HS) went 2-for-4 in the loss. Jones and Marcus Nix, Jr. (Lompoc HS) each drove in a run. Hernandez allowed four runs, only one of which was earned, in four innings but took the loss. Hancock finished the three-day tournament with a 13-9 loss to Rio Hondo. Cordell Bowie (Del Sol Academy) went 3-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI, while Jones, Hernandez, Jake Shusterich (Arroyo Grande HS) and Daniel Curiel (Righetti HS) each had two hits. Hernandez also drove in two runs. Zach Torra (Santa Ynez HS) took the loss after allowing eight runs, five of which were earned, with four strikeouts over four innings.

Hernandez leads the team with a .542 batting average, 13 hits and 7 RBI. Shortstop Quinntin Perez (St. Joseph HS) is hitting .417 with three doubles, one triple and nine walks. Curiel has a team-high 14 hits, one home run, 7 RBI and a .412 batting average for the Bulldogs.

Irvine Valley is off to a 6-3 start. They will play a home-and-away series with San Diego Mesa midweek before heading to Hancock. Ben McConnell leads Irvine Valley with 8 RBI, 11 runs and .378 batting average, while Zach Stack is hitting .387 with 7 RBI.

SOFTBALL (6-1)
This Week: Mt. San Jacinto Tournament
Friday, February 16 vs. Grossmont, 9:30 a.m.
vs. Saddleback, 12 p.m.
Saturday, February 17 vs. Antelope Valley, 9:30 a.m.
vs. L.A. Mission, 12 p.m.

Coming off its first loss of the season, the Allan Hancock College softball team heads south to play four games over two days at a tournament hosted by Mt. San Jacinto. The Bulldogs, who are off to a 6-1 start, will battle Grossmont at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, February 16 before taking on Saddleback at noon. Hancock will take on Antelope Valley at 9:30 a.m. and L.A. Mission at noon the following day, Saturday, Feb. 17.

The Bulldogs opened last week with a 10-1 win in five innings over L.A. Valley. Freshman Zaiden Bakke (Pleasant Valley HS) had three hits and 3 RBI for the Bulldogs. Andrea Ortega (Pioneer Valley HS) went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, while freshman shortstop Mallory Townsend (Cabrillo HS) hit a double, drove in a run, scored twice and walked twice. Second baseman Nakaila Fuggs (Righetti HS) walked three times, stole two bases and scored twice in the win. Sophomore pitcher Hannah Diaz (Pioneer Valley HS) struck out four and allowed one run.

Riverside snapped Hancock's season-opening six-game winning streak with a 9-2 win last Saturday. Bailey Killough (Arroyo Grande HS) started in the circle and allowed five runs and seven hits over four innings. Diaz allowed four runs and seven hits in the final three innings. The Bulldogs were limited to three hits, including a RBI-hit by Killough.

Bakke leads the team with 10 hits and a .556 batting average seven games into the season. Nikole Cody (Yucca Valley HS) is hitting .438; while Killough and Townsend are hitting .429. Townsend leads the team with 11 RBI and four doubles. Freshman Crystal Gonzalez (Righetti HS) starts the week with a .412 batting average, nine walks and 6 RBI. Ortega is hitting .444 with 5 RBI in three games.

Checking out Hancock's four opponents at Mt. San Jacinto, Grossmont is off to an 0-5 start, while Saddleback is 1-4. Antelope Valley is 4-5, while L.A Mission is 5-6. Hancock won 2-0 at L.A. Mission two weeks ago behind a three-hit shutout from Diaz. Bakke and Townsend delivered RBI-hits for the Bulldogs.

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
This Week:
Friday, February 16 @ Western State Conference Relays, Bakersfield College

The Hancock men's and women's track and field teams will head to Bakersfield for the second straight week, this time for the Western State Conference Relays on Friday, February 16.

The Bulldogs opened the 2018 season last Friday with eight top-five finishes at the Battle of the Regions hosted by Bakersfield College. Freshman Haleigh Batty (Cabrillo HS) won the women's long jump with a top mark of 18 feet, four inches. She finished second in the high jump by clearing 5-2. She also came in fifth in the javelin throw with a top mark of 69-4.

Sophomore Ben Wulfestieg (Cabrillo HS) finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 40 feet, 3.5 inches, fifth in the hammer with a toss of 70-9, and sixth in the javelin at 135 feet.

Freshman David Tyler, Jr. (Santa Maria HS) finished third in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:52. Yovany Pineda (Pioneer Valley HS) came in seventh in the 3K at 10:07.

Freshman thrower Destiny Goggins (Lompoc HS) finished fifth in the women's shot put with a toss of 32-4.25.