By Kenny Cress
Santa Maria Times
SANTA MARIA - When Shane Carney graduated last year, he left quite a void on the Hancock College men's basketball team.
Last season, the point guard, who plays for NCAA Division III Arizona Christian now, helped lead the Bulldogs to their first state tournament in 44 years. He was the first Bulldog to make the California Community College Men's Basketball Coaches Association (CCCMBCA) All-State team since 2011.
When he left, he took his considerable scoring, along whit his hefty ball-handling, defensive and court leadership skills, along with him.
Hancock sophomore Glenn Jordan took over as the Bulldogs' point guard this season. He was the team's shooting guard last year, but Jordan said the move to the point for coach Tyson Aye's team wasn't really an adjustment for him.
It wasn't really an adjustment because, "I've been playing the point all my life," said Jordan.
He was an integral part of Hancock's success last year, and Jordan was no stranger to post-season success before then.
"When I was a senior at (University Park Washington) Curtis High School we made it to the Final Four," of the Class 4A Washington state tournament in 2016, said Jordan.
"I went to Curtis for one year. We moved around a lot. My dad was in the military."
Jordan was able to step right in and direct Hancock's high-tempo offense after Carney graduated. Jordan can get to the basket in a hurry, is a deft passer and a solid shooter and can quarterback a basketball offense.
Jordan landed a spot on the All-Western State Conference First Team, as did fellow Bulldogs Spirit Ricks and JT Riddick.
Jordan spoke after he sparked a Hancock rally by scoring 16 of his team-high 21 points in the last eight minutes of the Bulldogs' 77-74 win over San Diego Miramar College in the first round of a California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) regional Wednesday night.
The Jets wiped out a 12-point early second half deficit. When Miramar took a 64-60 lead at the 8:09 mark of the second half, that was when Jordan took over.
The Miramar defense kept conceding the lane to Jordan, and Jordan kept taking advantage. He either scored or drew a foul, and made the resulting free throws, on four straight possessions at one point.
Jordan was quick to shrug off the credit.
"We have a lot of great shooters on our team, and the other team has to pick their poison," said Jordan.
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