College Hoops: Davidson finds win column on Sophomore Night
With the regular season conference schedule out of the way, Davidson County Community College welcomed nonconference foe Guilford Technical Community College to Brinkley Gym Sunday for Sophomore Night. The second-year players went out on top, celebrating a 97-81 victory while all of the sophomores who played got in the scoring column.
The Titans — an NJCAA Division II school — hung with the Storm for the first 10 minutes, tying the score at 22-22 on Reggie Boyton’s 3-pointer. Davidson used a pair of runs before the half to build a comfortable 57-38 cushion.
Torian Showers broke the tie with a pair of free throws and Daniel Lawson got the pick and layup. Deon Platt interrupted with a bucket in the post, but the Storm scored on six more trips before the Titans answered again. Showers rifled in a 3 and was the recipient of a behind-the-head pass from Lawson for another basket. The sophomore stepped out behind the 3-point line for another trey to make it 34-24. A Lawson free throw and two Robert Story baskets completed a stretch of 14 straight DCCC points.
The 16-point margin held up over the next three minutes until the Storm smacked the Titans with another burst. This time the run was 11-2, putting the score at 55-32.
“First half we did a great job of creating offense off of our defense and played with energy,” said Storm coach Matt Ridge.
Easing off the gas a bit in the second half, the game got tense for a few moments as the Titans closed to within 10 and four minutes still to play. Corey Burnette eased the tension for the capacity crowd, slamming home an alley-oop and hitting the offensive glass for a putback.
“I did not think we played that well second half,” said Ridge. “We coasted to the win and did not have as much energy.”
Sean Deniton had a superb game for the Titans, connecting on 14 field goals and accumulating 34 points. Platt finished with 20.
Five Storm players hit double-figures in scoring. Jordan Robertson had 17, Showers 16, Brandon Brown 15, Story 14 and Burnette 10.
The Storm (21-7), will host Charis Prep Feb. 26.