College Hoops: DCCC putting pieces together

Nov. 27, 2012 @ 12:49 PM

When it comes to wins and losses, Davidson County Community College is on pace with previous teams. Experience is where they lag behind.
Off to a 7-1 start, the Storm have looked ragged at times, while having flashes of brilliance here and there. Returning only one starter from last season, the growing pains were certainly expected. Though they have a long way to go before getting to a championship level, head coach Matt Ridge feels his team is headed in the right direction.
“I do think we have improved,” said Ridge. “We are nowhere near where we would like to be at this point, but we are going to find out a lot about ourselves this week.”
Davidson has been on a tear in its last three games, averaging 110 points while holding the opposition to 64 points per contest. DCCC averages 94 points on the year and has gone over 100 points three times.
The Storm have a busy week ahead. After its game with the Pfeiffer University junior varsity Monday,  DCCC will face the Belmont Abbey junior varsity Wednesday, followed by another date with Johnston Community College Saturday.
Other than returning sophomore Torian Showers, coach Ridge was not sure what he would have out of his other players. Two who were potentially going to be redshirted have emerged as starters. Ledford graduate Daniel Lawson leads the team in scoring with 14.6 points per outing, while Davis is chipping in 10 points per game. Both are guards that thrive off of hustle plays and have given a spark to the backcourt on both ends of the hardwood.
“They both started off competing for a jersey,” said Ridge. “Neither one was promised anything other than an opportunity to compete and earn a spot where they could dress. Daniel and Brandon have done a great job of listening and playing hard. Both are good defenders on and off the ball. They have done the things that we ask all of our players to do and that is play hard and listen to us.”
Four others are averaging double figures for DCCC. Forward Corey Burnette ranks second on the team scoring 11 points, followed by Robert Story (10.8), Showers (10.8) and Brandon Clyburn (10.4).
This is the deepest team Ridge has coached at Davidson, and cutting the roster down to a regular rotation remains a work in progress. Usually when the calendar hits December, the Storm have those eight or nine guys who will be primarily used in Region X play. This season it is going to take a little more time.
“The roles are still emerging,” said Ridge. “We are still plugging in pieces. Normally by this part of the season we would like to have a set rotation, but one positive is we feel like we are so deep that we have a lot of guys that can play. We can go 11 or 12 deep if need be, but in reality when we get to conference play we will probably shorten our bench.”

Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3631, or kepley@tvilletimes.com.