College Hoops: Story nets 43 in Storm win
Robert Story remembered the events of Jan. 12 well.
He and his Davidson County Community College teammates had lost by four at Wytheville Community College, and watched as fans rushed the court to celebrate the first ever Wildcat win over the Storm. Saturday at Brinkley Gym, he made sure it did not happen again and could barely keep Davidson fans in their seats.
The freshman sharpshooter buried 9 of 14 shots from behind the arc, torching the nylon for 43 points en route to a 106-76 statement win for the Storm.
“My teammates found me when I was open and I just knocked down the shots,” said the shooting guard. “Coach told me to step up and that is what I had to do. Losing at their place was heartbreaking because we should have won that game. For them to come back and beat us and storm the floor — that should have never happened.”
Story scored 18 points in the first half that included a trio of 3s. Wytheville countered with wing A.J. Williams, who has a smooth shot and knocked out 12 points before visiting the bench the final five minutes of the opening half with three fouls. Davidson would lead 52-41 at the half.
The Wildcats scored the first six points out of the locker room that closed the gap to five, but Ace Chalmers hit a 3-pointer and Story ran ahead on the break for a layup to make it a 10-point game. Alonzo Howard’s layup kept things tight with 13 minutes left, until Story and company blasted the Wildcats with a highlight reel three minutes of basketball and a 15-1 run.
A pair of treys up top by Story got things started with Brandon Davis converting two layups soon after. A Jay Allen free throw was all WCC got during the three minutes. Story added another 3 from the top of the key and Chalmers rounded out the run that built a 79-57 lead with a coast-to-coast layup.
“I thought we had more of a sense of urgency, especially in the second half,” said DCCC coach Matt Ridge. “I was proud of our energy and how hard we played.”
Davidson kept feeding Story who hit two more 3s, before exiting the game to a nice ovation from a crowd that featured several recruits.
Davis — who has become a lockdown defender for the Storm — allowed Williams only two more points in the second half.
“He is one of the best players in our region and I thought Brandon did a great job of limiting his touches,” Ridge said. “We were really trying to deny him the ball, and when he did get it Brandon did a good job of contesting his jumpers.”
It was one of the cleanest all-around games the Storm have played this season. Turnovers have been an issue but DCCC committed only 12 for the afternoon. The guards — Chalmers, Daniel Lawson and Darius Rogers — combined for 21 assists and just two giveaways. Rogers had 10 of the helpers and no turnovers.
DCCC, 18-5 overall and 2-3 in Region X, got 18 points from Davis, 11 from Chalmers and 10 from Showers.
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