College Hoops: DCCC picks up first conference victory
The rough start in Region X competition got a little better for Davidson County Community College Wednesday.
Desperately seeking its first league win of the season, the Storm scored the first 18 points and brushed off a short rally by Central Carolina Community College to win 85-60. DCCC had five players reach double-digits in scoring as they improved to 1-3 in the Tarheel Conference. Robert Story was tops with 16 points, followed by Ace Chalmers (14), Daniel Lawson (13), Brandon Davis (12) and Torian Showers with 10.
Davidson rarely made a trip down the floor without scoring in the first five minutes, getting off to a lightning quick start on an 18-0 run.
“First five minutes I think we showed how good we can be,” said Storm coach Matt Ridge. “We were playing hard, speeding the game up and got some easy stuff in transition.”
Central Carolina trimmed six points off over the next two minutes, but the Storm erupted once more with nine unanswered points going on the scoreboard. A Davis layup completed the run with the lead extending to 29-8. At that point it seemed the game would continue to get out of hand with the Cougars having just six players against the army of Storm players.
Not so fast.
Tim Haggie and Jonathan Burnette guided the Cougars on a steady run to only trail 59-48 with 12:42 left. Burnette’s monster jam off a steal forced Ridge to bring his team to the sideline for a talk.
“We weren’t sprinting the floor and getting layups like we were,” said Ridge. “I think the kids looked at the scoreboard too much and got comfortable.”
The margin remained 11 with around eight minutes left until the Storm put the finishing touches on the victory. Davis made a layup then Jordan Robertson added a free throw. Kentral Black fouled out seconds later, leaving the Cougars with only five players.
Davidson treated the remaining five to a spectacular alley-oop slam from Lawson to Corey Burnette. DCCC went on a 19-4 run to end the evening.
“The great teams have a killer instinct and we did not have that tonight,” said Ridge. “We let them back in the game but I was proud of how we responded when they got back in the game. It is our first league win and hopefully we will continue to get better.”
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