College Hoops: Sandhills ends DCCC season
Knowing they had to win in the semifinals of the Region X tournament to qualify for the district round, Davidson County Community College came out hungry Saturday in Hickory. Sandhills Community College was a little hungrier.
The Storm saw their season end abruptly to the defending national champion Flyers in a 90-82 loss. Sandhills advanced to Sunday’s championship and took out top-seeded Caldwell Community College.
“There were multiple lead changes and it could have gone either way with a few breaks here and few breaks there,” said DCCC coach Matt Ridge. “We could have been playing for a regional championship, but you have got to give it to Sandhills. Down the stretch they made the plays and deserved to advance.”
The final score was the largest lead either team held on the day. There were nine ties and eight lead changes in the game. Sandhills led 40-35 at the break, but seven unanswered points from Daniel Lawson vaulted the Storm to a 53-48 advantage. The Flyers regained the lead at 56-54 and the two sides kept in close contact with each other.
SCC opened up an 82-75 lead with under four minutes to go, but Davidson got back to within a single possession with 1:24 left. Lawson got the theft and layup and Torian Showers hit a pair at the free throw line. Monte’l Cooke sank two at the charity stripe for the Flyers, but Showers answered back with a layup on the other end.
Davidson had two trips where they could have tied or taken the lead, but came up empty. Sandhills outscored the Storm 6-1 to the end.
“A record of 23-7 is certainly nothing to hang your head about,” said Ridge. “We had some big wins this year. We were one of only a few teams to beat the UNC’s jayvee in the Smith Center, beat Sandhills and beat a very good Division II team, Pitt Community College. There were some big wins with very few returning players with significant minutes. I am very proud of our guys.”