College Hoops: Storm nudge the Tar Heels by a bucket
After losing three straight, Davidson County Community College appeared to be a fledgling squad in need of a boost.
That lift came in the form of a win in one of the most prominent venues in the state, as the Storm edged the University of North Carolina's junior varsity, 86-84, Saturday at the Dean E. Smith Center. Jordan Robertson scored 17 points and Robert Story tallied 14 to lead DCCC, which had six players to score in double-figures.
"We score by committee, because we don't have that one superstar," said Storm coach Matt Ridge. "Sometimes when you are more balanced, it becomes harder to guard."
Even when DCCC was well-defended, Ridge's players found a way to produce points — and prevent them. Daniel Lawson scored 11 points in 23 minutes off the bench and Torian Showers, who had 13, blocked a 3-pointer from Kyle Currie with 14 seconds remaining to preserve the win.
"They looked like they were playing faster than we were," North Carolina coach C.B. McGrath said. "A lot of their looks came off of second shot opportunities. We didn't execute our stuff, because you can't run your sets against the press; it takes you out of it."
Defensively, Ridge was impressed by his team's hustle and ability to make adjustments. Currie led the Tar Heels with nine points at halftime, but finished with just 12 and made only 1-of-5 shot attempts after the break.
"Daniel Lawson and Brandon Davis played great defensively in the second half," Ridge said. "We played collectively on offense. Guys who only played a couple minutes played hard and with a purpose. Some guys think that because they play a couple minutes in the Smith Center, they have to start shooting the ball."
Sasha Seymore led all scorers with 24 points, but fell shy of leading his team to victory. After the game, McGrath was disappointed with his team's struggles offensively, but was effusive in his praise for the Storm.
"For four or five minutes, we played with a sense of urgency," he said. "But when we got stops, we would turn it over. Our guards weren't strong enough with the basketball.
"Davidson County did a good job in running their stuff. They executed better than we did."
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.