College Basketball: Second half surge leads to easy Storm victory
Identical to its last home game, Davidson County Community College was tied with its opponent at intermission, only to pull away in the second half.
That trend is working for now against lesser opponents, but when Region X play comes around the Storm may be in some trouble.
“We’ve got to play the right way,” said head coach Matt Ridge following Davidson’s 79-50 win over Virginia Tech’s club team Wednesday at Brinkley Gym. “I’m glad we weren’t up against Sandhills, Caldwell or Wytheville. We’ve got a great league. Right now, we’re inexperienced and we’ve got to get better quickly.”
Knotted up at 36-36, the Storm simply wore down the Hokies during the second half. A 16-0 spurt to open the final stanza was all it took to leave the guests from Virginia gassed and frustrated.
Torian Showers was a role player last season for the Storm but took it upon himself to lead the second half charge. He scored eight of his 14 points during the pivotal stretch. When D.J. Maddux interrupted the run, Robert Story (15 points) took over for Showers, burying consecutive 3-pointers and finishing off an old-fashioned three-point play. A 13-0 run backed up the 16-0 charge, leading to a 65-38 DCCC advantage that was never threatened.
“We’re nowhere near where we need to be at this point,” said Ridge. “That’s my responsibility. We’ve got to get where we need to be in order to be a championship-caliber team. We’ve got to work hard from the opening tip through the whole 40 minutes.”
The lead changed hands seven times during the first half, until Story drained the second of his four 3-pointers to put DCCC up 14-12 at the 12:45 mark. Virginia Tech evened the score at 19-all when Garrett Fender connected from the elbow, but six unanswered points went to the Storm over the next two minutes. DCCC would build its lead to seven, but the Hokies rallied back, taking a turn out front with Walt Lee dropping in a 3. With a minute left, Daniel Lawson found Jordon Robertson in the paint to tie the game.
The 4-1 Storm will host Germanna Community College today at 2 p.m.
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