College Basketball: Storm clobber Saints, 132-64
Sean Phifer's name was inadvertently left out of the scorebook and Davidson County Community College was assessed a technical foul. That was all that went wrong for the Storm on Sunday.
In a warp speed display of basketball, DCCC torched the nets and hardwood on their way to a 132-64 dismantling of the Limestone College junior varsity. Six players reached double figures in a game that was already out of control at the half with the Storm leading 65-37. Lexington Senior High alum C.J. Woodberry led all scorers with 26 points, two better than Robert Story. Gerry Hairston dropped in 20 points, Daniel Lawson 15, Marquel Newkirk 14 and Ace Chalmers 13. For the game Davidson shot a whopping 67.5 percent from the floor.
“Most of that was layups so we better have a high percentage,” said DCCC coach Matt Ridge. “I thought we shared the ball and it is nice to have six guys in double figures and three with over 20. Our assist to turnover ratio was also good.”
Ironically, the Saints did lead in the game. They scored the first basket on a Reggie Bonner layup. Woodberry accounted for the only tie of the game with a bucket in the lane, then gave the Storm a 4-2 advantage with a thunderous slam off the lob from Chalmers. Those two buckets fueled a 14-3 run that was only the kickoff party to further damage. Woodberry continued to do whatever he wanted in the paint, scoring six of 11 points during an 11-2 run that pushed the lead to 31-12 with 8:30 left first half.
Limestone kept the deficit under 20 with four minutes left before halftime, but the Storm used a 19-8 spurt for a 28-point lead.
The second half was a repeat of the first 20 minutes. DCCC increased its lead to 40 a few minutes in and got to go deep in its bench and work on some different lineup combinations. At times the Storm had two point guards on the court at one time. Being smaller than they normally are, Ridge says this is a lineup they may go with at times during the course of the season.
“We are going to play two point guards together at times, because we are so versatile and can speed people up with our pressure,” said Ridge. “We have three point guards that can all play.”
Davidson's bench outscored the Saints 46-5 and held a 23-point edge on the glass. Every Storm player that suited up scored.
Two games into the season, DCCC is averaging 141 points.
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