Storm falls in home opener
Rarely does Davidson County Community College lose in Brinkley Gym. Mount Zion Prep beat the odds in the first home game of the year for the Storm.
Paced by Shaquille Mosley’s 33 points, the Warriors walked out of the tough environment with an 83-79 win. The 5-foot-9 guard was not nearly as big as the most popular Shaquille (O’Neal), but his offensive game was a big lift to the Mount Zion cause. He could hit from deep, made scoop shots in the lane and was not afraid to take the ball inside.
“He scored 61 points the other night so we knew he was a talented offensive player,” said Storm coach Matt Ridge. “At times we played pretty good defense on him but he still hit some shots.”
Davidson led 4-2 early, but after Mosley’s three-point play the hard way gave the Warriors the lead, it would be quite some time before the Storm were out front again.
Mount Zion posted 10-point advantages twice during the first half, before DCCC made a run at them in the closing minutes.
Down 31-25, Davidson got four points from Jordan Robertson and a slam by Robert Story to tie the game. Mosley and Jordan DeVaughn (24 points) teamed up for a 4-0 run, before Story’s 3-pointer went through the basket to leave the home team down one at the half.
“Tonight we showed our youth and inexperience, then at times we showed how good we can be,” said Ridge.
At the start of the second half, DCCC took the lead in odd fashion. The numbers in the scorebook for the Warriors did not match up, forcing the officials to rule a technical foul. Daniel Lawson made the free throws.
That set off a 7-0 run by the Storm with Torian Showers draining a 3 and Lawson getting to the rack for two via the baseline. The 41-35 lead did not hold long. A three-point play by Raoul Mentor gave the Warriors the lead for good at 44-43.
Facing a nine-point margin with 1:16 to go, DCCC made one last run at a victory led by Lawson, who scored 21 points on the night. The Ledford star hit two consecutive 3-pointers to cap an 8-2 spurt that left the Storm down two with 12.2 seconds to play. DeVaughn was calm at the charity stripe, knocking down a pair to put the contest out of reach.
In their sixth year of competition, it was only the fifth time the Storm have lost at home.
“Teams in the past have set the bar high and we are still expected to play at that same level,” said Ridge. “Right now, we are a work in progress and we obviously have a ways to go. I have got to do a better job of getting the guys to play hard and together and have a better chemistry offensively. With time we will continue to improve and hopefully be pretty good by the end of February.”
Davidson will play at home again Saturday against Southside Virginia at 3 p.m.
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