College Hoops: DCCC coach not satisfied with close loss
Matt Ridge made it clear to his team how he felt about Saturday's 97-92 loss to USC Salkehatchie.
“I told the kids there are no moral victories at Davidson County Community College. We expect to win regardless of who we play and where we play.”
The Storm happened to be playing a team that knocked off the No. 1 ranked Division I junior college recently. The Indians were as good as advertised at the Region 10 Blast-Off Tournament held at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh. They were athletic and tall, but still beatable for the Division III Storm. And had it not been for mistakes in key areas of the game that Davidson normally does well, the outcome could have been different. DCCC went 24-of-42 at the line and missed eight layups according to Ridge. They also gave up 19 offensive rebounds.
“Obviously we were playing a very good opponent, but if we shoot our free throws like we are capable and made our layups, we would have been fine,” said Ridge. “The fact we only lost by five given that we made a low percentage of free throws, missed several layups and gave up 19 offensive rebounds, tells me we had a chance to beat a really good team. This tells me we can be really good.”
Davidson (5-1) struggled mightily to put the ball through the hoop early on. The Indians went on a 15-0 run and were up 32-14 at one point. DCCC chipped away at the deficit and trailed by 10 at the half.
Hitting 10 shots from behind the arc on the day, the Storm closed in to within 93-89 with 50 seconds left. They could not pull back the remaining four points.
“Midway through the second half we went on a big run and we started getting stops and out on the break which is where we are at our best,” Ridge said. “I was proud of how we finished the game.”
Daniel Lawson had a huge day scoring 27 points to lead the Storm. Robert Story added 16 points, C.J. Woodberry 15, Ace Chalmers 12 and Gerry Hairston 10.