College Hoops: Storm set for visit to Sandhills in rivalry matchup

Jan. 15, 2014 @ 12:22 PM

When Matt Ridge looks at the Davidson County Community College basketball schedule, he views every game as an important one. When fans of DCCC and Sandhills Community College look at the schedule, they see two games having the most importance. One in Southern Pines and the other in Lexington.
It may be one of the shortest rivalries in existence, but over the last few years it has become one of the fiercest around. Today at Sandhills, another chapter in this brief rivalry will be written and Ridge anticipates another thrilling night of Region X basketball.
“All the league games are equally as important, but it is no secret that this is a big rivalry,” Ridge said. “I am looking forward to it and I know our guys are. It is always fun to play Sandhills. It is a good thing not just for Davidson and Sandhills, but a good thing for our league and junior college to have. There is no love lost on either side.”
DCCC had its way with the Flyers early in the series, but recent years the team from Southern Pines has surpassed the Storm.
Davidson has gone to a pair of national tournaments, leaving with its best outcome being a fourth place finish. Sandhills has been once, but what a trip it was. They needed a running shot at the buzzer to survive early in the tournament, before going on to win the NJCAA Division III national championship. With bragging rights in hand, that has escalated this rivalry to a whole new level.
Now, with many new players in the mix, the two teams will meet in a game that could eventually wind up being a deciding factor in who wins the regular season conference championship. Sandhills will carry a 11-5, 1-0 record into the meeting while the Storm come in sporting a 12-3 record overall and 2-1 league mark. It is anticipated to be a high scoring affair, as Davidson sits second in the country averaging 106 points per night, while the Flyers sit 13th pumping in 89 points.
“We had better do a great job preparing,” said Ridge. “They play really hard and shoot a lot of 3s. They are also much bigger than we are. Our guys are going to need to sprint back and finish defensive possessions.”
Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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