FTCC Trojans, 3-2, get a big win after two disappointing losses on the road with a home win over Davidson County CC, 104-94. The Trojans played a complete game with good balance and 5 double digit scorers. The Davidson County Storm, 7-2, put on a tough run in the second half, but came up short. The Trojans lost both games v. the Storm last year.
The Storm is currently a D-III NJCAA college, but will step up to D-II and will be in the Carolinas-Virginia Conf. with FTCC next year. The Trojans opened the game slowly, but seemed in control of the tempo. The Storm has a high scoring offense and is usually one of the top scoring offenses in the country. FTCC opened a 24-15 lead with 8 minutes remaining in the first half with good inside scoring from Dominique Rogers and Deion Stover. From that point the outside scoring opened up with Zach Boggs hitting two 3 pt. and Jabari Bowman, Nick Kuhns, and Josh Richmond each with one 3 pt. shot to post a 47-32 halftime lead.
The Storm was led by Brandon Rothrock’s 12 first half points, but the inside game was slowed with the Trojans out rebounding the Storm 25-17 in the half. The Trojans were playing great balanced team basketball with no players in double digits in the half.
The second half was different for both teams with the Storm mounting a slow comeback cutting the lead to 9 pt. at the 14 minute mark, 52-61. From there, the Storm started a furious effort on the defensive end; forcing several turnovers and poor Trojan shot selection. With 10 minutes in the game Rothrock buried a 3 pt. to cut the lead to just three, 66-69. Just as it appeared the Trojans would surrender a game-long lead for the second straight game, Jabari Bowman, completed an old-fashioned 3 pt. play and had 13 of his team high 22 pt. in the remaining minutes. Held scoreless in the first half, Davidson County’s Bradley Pierce had 24 pts. in the second half and kept the Storm raging. Rothrock hit three 3’s with 13 pts. in the half for a game high of 25 pts.
Once stemming the changing tide of the game, the Trojans renewed their strong defensive pressure and strong rebounding. Austin Edwards gave productive minutes off the bench with 7 pts. and 8 rebounds. He eventually fouled out, but was a key to the Trojans surge to finish the game. Trojan scoring was balanced with Bowman, 22, Kuhns, 17, Boggs, 15, Jonathan Adams, 12, and DJ McDonald, 10 as Trojans in the double digits.
The Storm has had great success at the D-III level and this was a good taste of what they will be facing as they jump up to the very competitive D-II Conf. next year. Coach Hurd will have the Trojans ready again for this future conference foe. This was a great home win for the Trojans playing very good team basketball and balancing the inside with the perimeter game. As long as they can keep playing Trojan basketball, this will lead to more wins.
FTCC 47 57 104
DCCC 32 62 94
FTCC Haymer, 5, Adams, 12, Kuhns, 17, Bowman, 22, Richmond, 3, McDonald, 10, Rogers, 7, Boggs, 15, Stover, 4, Miller, 2, Edwards, 7
3 pts. 7, Kuhns, 1, Bowman, 2, Boggs, 3, Richmond, 1
Fouls 31, Adams, 3, Bowman, 5, Rodriguez, 1, McDonald, 4, Rogers, 2, Boggs, 3, Stover, 4, Miller, 4, Edwards, 5
DCCC Blakeney, 2, Rothrock, 25, Kelsey, 6, Dunn, 3, Wright, 7, Turner, 3, Dowling, 4, Brown, 4, Jones, 16, Pierce, 24
3 pt. 8, Rothrock, 5, Kelsey, 2, Pierce, 1
Fouls 32, Blakeney, 2, Rothrock, 3, Kelsey, 2, Dunn, 2, Wright, 5, Turner, 3, Dowling, 4, Brown, 5, Jones, 2, Pierce, 4