College Hoops: Storm struggles continue

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 04:34 PM

Davidson County Community College continued its downward slide in the Tarheel Conference Wednesday, dropping a 118-97 contest to No. 7 Sandhills Community College.
A contender seemingly every year for the regular season league crown, the Storm have fallen in their first three conference outings and will likely have to rely on a conference tournament championship to get them into the postseason.
Davidson was tied 50-50 with the Flyers with two minutes to go in the first half. They let the hard work they had put in slip away in a momentum-shifting run.
“We were tied and then we had five straight turnovers,” said DCCC coach Matt Ridge. “They went on a 13-1 run to finish the first half that put us 12 down at the half. We put ourselves in a little hole there, but we had played with them for 18 minutes and had done fairly well.”
Sandhills continued to add points to the advantage second half and were up 24 late in the game. The Storm contributed to that by being careless with the ball.
“Basketball is a game of runs and in the second half they extended the lead on some pretty good runs by forcing turnovers,” Ridge said. “Their pressure was very effective against us. We did not handle it well and it is hard to beat a team when you commit 34 turnovers.”
The Storm shot 39 percent from the floor compared to 50 percent from the Flyers. Even with the high volume of turnovers, Ridge took plenty of positives from the game that he hopes will make his team hungrier in the future.
“I think last night will make us better in the long run and hopefully help us to work harder to get better,” he said.
Robert Story scored 23 points and Brandon Brown had 17 for DCCC. Sandhills was paced by T.J. Jones and Demontre Jones, who scored 27 and 20 points, respectively.
Davidson will take a short break from Region X action today when they travel to the University of North Carolina to take on the Tar Heel junior varsity. DCCC has had the upper hand in the series the last few meetings, but the Tar Heels have looked good this season while the Storm have struggled.
“I know they have a lot of shooters and will run the floor like they always do,” said Ridge. “We will have our hands full and the guys are looking forward to it.”