College Hoops: Cobras crash boards to upend Storm
If there has been one weakness to Davidson County Community College's game this season, it would most definitely be rebounding.
Caldwell Community College put the flaw under the microscope for all to clearly see Wednesday in the Tarheel Conference opener for both schools. DCCC was outrebounded by an astonishing figure of 56-23, playing a large role in the 88-83 victory for the Cobras. In fact, CCC had more offensive rebounds (30) than the Storm had as a team. It was not a pleasant scene inside the DCCC fitness center afterward as head coach Matt Ridge spent several minutes voicing his displeasure for the effort on the boards.
“It was just a ridiculous effort on the boards,” said Ridge. “I have got to do a better job of holding them accountable. The worst defensive rebounding effort I have ever had in almost 20 years of coaching.”
Despite the underwhelming performance rebounding, the Storm were in contention late.
Tied at the half, the Cobras held a 66-52 lead with 8:30 left in regulation. DCCC amped up the defensive pressure over the next four minutes to climb back in it. The 3-point shot was Davidson's friend much of the night and they used it to reel in the Cobras. Robert Story knocked down a shot from the corner that was followed by a Daniel Lawson 3 moments later. By the time Story knocked down his sixth of seven treys on the night and Ace Chalmers scored in the lane, the deficit had been trimmed to three.
After a stop, the Storm had ball in hand looking to shave more points off the lead. Instead, C.J. Woodberry threw the ball away into the arms of Lawrence Jackson who raced the other way for a dunk. Again DCCC turned the ball over, leading to two more points and an 81-74 Cobra lead.
Davidson fired back with Story hitting yet another 3 with 18.6 showing that made it 86-83. Caldwell would add a pair of free throws and Story missed on a 3-point attempt from the wing to end it.
The glass work of the Cobras was what ultimately gave them the win. While building its lead early second half, Caldwell scored via a rebound and putback on six of seven possessions.
“It is just not important to our players and that is my fault because I have not held them accountable at practice,” said Ridge. “That is the bottom line. Starting at practice it will become important.”
Story scored 23 points to lead the Storm. Gerry Hairston contributed 18.
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