College Hoops: Davidson dunks Tville Prep hitting century mark
Davidson County Community College had an off night in its 108-82 demolition of Thomasville Prep Thursday night at Brinkley Gym.
Wait. Scoring 108 points is an off night? It actually was.
The Storm missed numerous layups around the basket and were not sharp on defense. Still, it was a good enough effort to knock off Thomasville Prep in the nonconference tilt.
“We have not practiced like we normally have and the guys just were not focused,” said head coach Matt Ridge. “We missed at least 10 layups first half and half of those were contested. Championship caliber teams make layups. We just were not focused tonight.”
DCCC was only up five with just under five minutes left in the half because of the bunnies that were missed and poor rotations on defense. But over the next two minutes, the Storm decided to step away from the basket a bit and had much more success. On three straight trips, Davidson hit 3-point shots. Robert Story drained the first, followed by two successful attempts by Gerry Hairston. It would soon be a 46-29 lead.
Thomasville Prep hung tough, using a 7-0 run to get it back within 10 at the half.
The second half went much better for Davidson. Daniel Lawson scored on a backdoor play, Ace Chalmers drove the lane and Story picked off a pass for a layup. Those first three possessions pinned Thomasville Prep down into a 52-36 hole that they would not recover from. DCCC would lead by as much as 29 points in the closing seconds.
Even with a better second half, it was not the kind of effort Ridge wants to see with two important league road games due up.
“We won by 26, but it is like golf. In golf you do not play your opponent, you play the course and compare scores. Tonight, we did not play the golf course very well. We have a tough game on the road Saturday at Wytheville. We barely squeaked out a win here in our gym. Wytheville is an opponent that can beat us if we do not play better than we did tonight.
Story continued his hot streak as of late with 28 points. Trey Smith and Hairston added 19 apiece, with Reid Goodson contributing 12. Mario Joyner led Thomasville Prep with 15 points.
Davidson visits Wytheville Community College Saturday at 3 p.m., and will be on the road Wednesday for a 7 p.m. date with Central Carolina.
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