College Hoops: DCCC impressive in first half of season

Dec. 24, 2013 @ 12:42 PM

What a ride it was in the first half of the season for the Davidson County Community College men's basketball team.
There were points scored in bunches, a few highlight reel dunks and a trio of losses that in the grand scheme of things were not all that bad.
“We are 9-3 and have played three Division I opponents and were fortunate enough to win one of the three and were in the other two,” said Storm coach Matt Ridge. “Two of our three losses were to really good Division I junior colleges and the other loss was a disappointing one to Caldwell. We could easily be 12-0, but it is what it is. Moving forward we feel like we are going in the right direction and hopefully we can continue to work hard.”
Ridge was not kidding when he said they wanted to play even faster than they have in the past. Setting a blistering pace with an uptempo offense and pressing defense, the Storm are averaging 109 points per game, good enough for second in the nation for Division III junior colleges. Five players are averaging double figures in scoring. Gerry Hairston leads the team with 17 points per night, followed by Robert Story (16.3), Daniel Lawson (15.2), C.J. Woodberry (14.8) and Ace Chalmers (12.3). Six different players average better than 40 percent from behind the arc.
Where the Storm have struggled is in the rebounding category. With not much height on the front line, is takes a joint effort from all five guys on the floor to secure rebounds. Davidson did a much better job on the glass in a rout of Mount Zion Academy last outing, one day after a 5 a.m. practice was called to get the point across of how important rebounding is.
“We have a lot of guys that can really shoot it and that is no secret to anybody in our league,” said Ridge. “What we need to work on is bending our knees and finishing defensive possessions with five great blockouts and a rebound. We will go as far as our defensive rebounding allows us.”
DCCC will be off until Jan. 1 when Division I Brunswick Community College visits Brinkley Gym. Former Central Davidson standout Chris Pompey plays for the Dolphins.

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