Storm Classic: DCCC falls to Pioneers
Facing its second NJCAA Division I opponent Sunday in Day 2 of the Storm Classic, Davidson County Community hoped to have its second huge victory of the weekend.
It was not meant to be.
Spartanburg Methodist scored in almost every possession in the final 10 minutes of the game, taking it right at the Davidson defense. With not enough answers at the other end, the Pioneers left town with an 86-77 victory.
Davidson trailed by two at intermission and came out with a show of force to start the final 20 minutes. Gerry Hairston drained a 3-pointer 13 seconds in and made two free throws to put the Storm ahead 40-37. T.J. Sheppard answered with two points in the lane, but Ace Chalmers found C.J. Woodberry on the break to push the lead back to three.
Spartanburg Methodist got the lead back with 15:43 to go on Jalin Alexander's 3-pointer and never looked back. The Pioneers extended the lead to six but the Storm refused to let them slip away. A pair of Daniel Lawson free throws made it 57-53.
But Spartanburg was relentless on the offensive end. Time after time down the floor, the Pioneers were getting off clean looks and attacking the basket. Still, the Storm found just enough offense to hang in and were down seven with 4:36 to go following Robert Story's triple up top.
Desperately needing a stop, the Storm got one on an illegal screen by the Pioneers. DCCC could do nothing with it. Sheppard came right back down the floor for a layup and Alexander added a 3-ball from the wing. Spartanburg was suddenly up 12 with three minutes remaining.
Davidson tossed a smothering press in a desperate attempt to climb back into contention. It netted four points to make it an 8-point game with two minutes to go. Spartanburg would stand strong, taking the next five points. Trey Smith splashed in a 3 to cut it to 10, but Alexander polished off the victory with a dunk.
Alexander finished with 19 points to go with 26 from DeQuan Jeffries. Davidson was led by Story's 15 points.
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