LOS ANGELES — The Hancock College men's basketball team's appearance in the Los Angeles Southwest College Tournament ended Saturday with the Bulldogs taking the consolation championship.
Hancock (8-5) rallied to beat Los Angeles Valley College (3-9) 65-62 to win the consolation title. Glenn Jordan led Hancock with a career high 19 points and Shane Carney added 13. Hancock freshman Spirit Ricks made the All-Tournament Team.
Hancock has won two straight after a two-game losing streak.
The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, but they took charge with a 13-4 run after being down 46-39 in the second half.
Jordan scored six points in the surge. He made a layup to to make it 52-50 with 10:38 to play for Hancock's first lead since the first half.
The Monarchs tied the game at 58-all with two free throws with three minutes left, but Jordan nailed a 3-point shot shortly thereafter to put Hancock ahead for good, at 61-58.
Ricks and Jordan sealed the win for the Bulldogs by making two free throws apiece.
Besides his 13 points, Carney had six assists. Trenton Mitchell added nine points and seven rebounds for Hancock.
The Bulldogs won despite shooting just 34 percent from the floor. They out-scored the Monarchs 11-4 on second chance points, and helped themselves by making 19 of their 23 foul shots.
The Bulldogs are off until they host Chabot Dec. 28 in their own Hancock Holiday Classic.
BAKERSFIELD — St. Joseph (2-6-0) garnered its first two wins of the season under first-year coach Alex Spence and earned the consolation championship of this tournament that Bakersfield Garces Memorial High School hosted at the Kern Sports Complex in the process.
The Knights defeated Firebaugh 3-1 then downed Delano Kennedy 5-2 later in the day Saturday to nab the consolation championship.
Jorge Martinez scored four goals for St. Joseph in the tournament, and Nathan Halsell tallied twice.
BAKERSFIELD — Short-handed St. Joseph (2-2-1) gave it a gallant try against Visalia Central Valley Christian but ultimately lost 2-1 in the consolation championship game.
"We finished with nine players and almost tied the game," St. Joseph coach Al Garcia said by phone.
"We started with 10 players (thus going 10-against-11), not because of a red card (against any of our players) but because of illness."
Garcia said, "We brought up a player from the junior varsity, so we started with 10 players. She turned her ankle, so we finished with nine, and (the Cavaliers) had substitutes."
St. Joseph defeated Porterville Monache 4-2 earlier in the day. "We started that one with 11 players," said Garcia. "Then one got sick," and couldn't play against Central Valley Christian.
"We started the tournament with 13 players. We've just been so banged up."
Blanca Diaz scored twice for the Knights against Monache. Braidyn Cossa had a goal and two assists, and Ryane Cash added one goal and an assist.
Freshman St. Joseph goalkeeper Analea Pule made four saves against Monache and four more against Central Valley Christian.