Bench sparks DCCC to win
Behind a furious second half effort, Davidson County Community College pulled away from a halftime tie for an 83-64, nonconference win over Southside Virginia Saturday at Brinkley Gym.
Knotted up at 32-all to begin the final 20 minutes, Davidson got a spark from its bench, as Brandon Davis poured in 15 points and Jordan Robertson contributed 11. The bench scored 43 points in the game. Starter Daniel Lawson pumped in a team-high 18 points.
The Storm ran away with the game behind its defensive effort. Limiting the Panthers to one shot on most trips, DCCC was able to get the ball out quickly and get down the court for easy buckets. The Panthers were outrebounded 70-38.
“Second half we played harder and smarter and that led to some easy baskets,” said head coach Matt Ridge. “We told them at halftime to play fundamentally sound defense and to make sure they blocked out because they were shooting so many jumpers. We knew there would be long rebounds and all five guys needed to commit to blocking out.”
Midway through the first half, DCCC was sitting on 10 points and trailed by seven. Ridge emptied the bench, turning to guys like Davis and Dylan Beck who have seen little time so far. The two helped provide that spark. After a putback dunk by Corey Burnette, the duo combined for six points and brought a higher level of energy on defense, helping turn that seven-point deficit into a 24-21 edge.
The lead changed hands eight times to start the second half, with DCCC snatching back control for good on Lawson’s drive at the 14:50 mark.
Despite Shaquille Jones (29points) and Terrance Price (14 points) best efforts, the Storm gradually began to pull away.
Davidson’s bench scored 24 second half points — 11 by Davis. His bucket with 8:47 to go made it 68-51, giving the Storm all the cushion it needed.
“I was really proud of that second unit that came in off the bench,” said Ridge. “Brandon Davis really played well on both sides of the ball. I was proud of the second half effort. That was fun to watch.”
Robertson added nine rebounds to his night.
The Storm, 2-1, entertain the Virginia Tech junior varsity Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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