College Hoops Preview: Guard-heavy DCCC wants to play faster

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

Matt Ridge wants his Davidson County Community College basketball team to play faster in the 2013-14 season.
This should be interesting.
Already possessing one of the fastest and highest scoring programs in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III level, Ridge is indeed hoping his guard-oriented squad can pick up the pace even more. DCCC scored nearly 92 points a game last year.
“We really want to get it more uptempo than we have ever played,” said Ridge, entering his seventh season at the helm. “That may be hard to believe but that is what we are attempting to do. This group is going to be exciting to watch.”
Davidson's tallest player on the active roster stands at just 6-foot-5, leaving the Storm a little short in the post. With no true back-to-the-basket post player, DCCC will rely heavily on guard play and forcing turnovers. Of course, being active on the glass is going to play a part in how fast they can go. If the opposition is controlling the boards, it is hard to get out and run.
“We are not especially big, so we are trying to emphasize pressuring the ball and blocking out,” Ridge said. “We have got to gang rebound this year. We do not have that guy who can get 12-15 rebounds a game, but we do have guys capable of getting rebounds.”
Davidson returns its two top scorers from last season. Sharpshooter Robert Story is back after scoring 43 points in a contest last season. Joining him on the wing is Ledford graduate Daniel Lawson, who has already impressed in scrimmages this year scoring 27 points in a win over Wake Tech and 20 more against Catawba Valley.
Fighting for time at the point position will be returning players Ace Chalmers and Darius Howell. Chalmers is more of a scoring threat while Howell looks to dish more.
Other starting positions on the floor are up for grabs. In the post, Alex Burnett, Reid Goodson, Jerimiah Hunter and C.J. Woodberry (Lexington) will rotate at the power forward positions.
Ridge feels this team has the potential of being deep, saying he could comfortably play 10-11 guys per night.
“On offense we have a lot of kids that can shoot it and a lot that can score,” Ridge said. “This should be a balanced team and as uptempo as we have ever been. Defensively we are still a pressure man-to-man, and will look to trap a little more to force the other team to play faster.”
There will be plenty of chances for Storm fans to come out and watch the fast-paced roundballers. DCCC has 19 home games on the schedule, including the third annual Storm Classic held in December. Davidson is 162-33 overall in six seasons, posting an impressive 91-7 record at home.
“Hopefully that will help our community get behind us and come out and support us starting Friday night,” said Ridge.
Friday's game is set for 7 p.m. against Virginia Western.

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