College Hoops: Davidson downs Belmont Abbey JV
Davidson County Community College breezed to another double-digit win on Wednesday, dusting off the Belmont Abbey junior varsity 87-56.
Head coach Matt Ridge was in no mood to celebrate.
“The three games prior to playing Belmont Abbey we had won big, played well and gotten better,” said Ridge. “However, I felt like we took a few steps backward against Belmont Abbey. We did not stay humble and hungry and were not ready to play. Ultimately, that is my responsibility to make sure our guys are prepared mentally.”
Davidson (9-1) was sluggish the majority of the game, not showing the kind of explosiveness on offense as it had the last three outings when they scored more than 100 points in each. Still, the athleticism was enough to carry them by the Crusaders. Robert Story scored 16 points, while Daniel Lawson, Darius Howell and Brandon Davis scored 15, 11 and 11, respectively. DCCC shot the ball well posting a 46.8 average, but committed 27 turnovers for the night in Brinkley Gym.
It took the Storm offense nearly seven minutes to get its footing, with the Crusaders hanging tough in a 7-7 tie. A four-minute span left the guests out of contention for good.
Davidson scored 16 unanswered points to lead 23-7. Davis helped pilot the run against his former team, scoring a pair of baskets and coming down with rebounds to start fast breaks. In a repeat of last game, Story connected on a 3-pointer from the corner right before the buzzer to make the halftime lead 45-23 for DCCC.
The margin hovered around 20 points until the Storm blitzed the Crusaders for a 14-0 run. Six different players accounted for the baskets as the advantage ballooned to 34.
Davidson has a handful of tough games ahead before the Christmas break. After today’s game against Johnston Community College, DCCC will host Mt. Zion Prep Tuesday, before two meetings in the Storm Classic with Northern Virginia and Clinton.
“Our next four games before Christmas break are all against very good competition, so hopefully we will be better prepared, starting Saturday against a very good Johnston team,” said Ridge. “We were fortunate enough to beat them in overtime Nov. 3.”
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