Cougars get back to winning ways with non-conference win
January 16, 2014
The CCCC Cougar Basketball team resumed its winning with a blowout win over visiting Piedmont International University JV, 114-66. The Cougars entered Tarheel Conference play last week, and finished without a victory. The conference opener at Davidson County Community College went two overtime periods before the Cougars came up empty 100-106. The follow- up game at Caldwell Community College was only the second time all year that the Cougars were just outplayed, falling 79-100.
At Davidson County, the Cougars were plagued by continued poor free throw shooting. They missed two opportunities to ice the game at the line just to miss the freebies. Julian Bailey (Cape Fear) led all Cougars with 26, however, he fouled out of the game and was not able to add to his conference leading rebound totals, finishing with just 10. Jenaro Harris (Cox Mill) put up 17 and Deinzel Greene (Central Piedmont) added 16. Odarius Mills (Chester, SC) posted 14 pts and pulled down 12 rebounds along with Greene. The most glaring stat for the game was a combined 21 or 40 free throws for the game. Hard to win with that many misses. Ace Chalmers (Southern Lee) led the Davidson County Storm with 22 pts., 8 rebs., and 8 assists.
The Caldwell CC Cobras came out firing on all cylinders as all shots seemed to fall, and the Cougars were behind before they could regroup. Darrell Perry was the first no-starter to lead the Cougars in scoring this year with 18. Additionally, the Cougars were outrebounded for one of the few times this season. The lone bright spot was a much improved performance from the line as the team went 15 of 21 for nearly 72%. On the season the team is shooting just 55% for free throws.
The Bruins may have come into the Cougar Den at the wrong time as the team was looking to right the ship and shake off the tough losses. Chris Kelly (Cape Fear) has moved into point and added a power penetration component to the backcourt. Kelly and Greene led all Cougars with 20 pts. with most of Kelly’s points coming layups and fast breaks, and one thundering dunk. Harris put up the team’s first triple double of the year with 15 pts., 10 rebs., and 10 assists. Two of his assists came on feeds to Greene to slam home.
All five starters finished in double figures with Bailey at 18 pts. Mills at 16 pts. Bailey showed a different aspect of his game with two 3pt shots in the second half. Billy Brunson (Hoke) put in 17 pts. and was 2 of 2 behind the arc to add to his 3pt percentage on the year. V. Diamond Gibbs (Westover) had footwear trouble in the first half and was held to just 7 pts. on the night. Brandon Oparo (Cox Mill) and Bryant Youngblood (Plano, TX) each had 4 pts. The Bruins were led by Javon Summers and Xavier Dulin with 16 pts. ea. The Cougars led 62-28 at the half and kept a very comfortable lead throughout the second half with a final tally 114-66.
CCCC is 12-7 on the season and welcomes Wytheville CC (VA) on Jan. 18, 3 p.m. Additional games in the five game home stand include, Jan. 20, Belmont Abbey, 7 p.m.; Jan. 22, Sandhills CC, 7 p.m.; and Jan. 25, Cape Fear CC, 3 p.m.
Cougars Share a Blow Out Win
January 9, 2014
Jan. 04, 2014 @ 06:29 PM
The Sanford Herald
SANFORD — The more the Cougars share the basketball, the more points all the Cougars get to score. That's one of the many lessons Central Carolina head basketball coach Doug Connor is trying to teach his squad this season.
If the Cougars need a reminder, Connor might choose to show some video of the Cougars' 123-55 romp over Virginia Western Saturday afternoon at CCCC.
The Warriors from Roanoke weren't as overmatched when the Cougars traveled north and got an 87-74 win last month.
"We didn't want to leave any doubt today," Connor said.
The contest was effectively decided in the first five minutes.
Deinzel Greene poured in three three-pointers leading the Cougars out to a 13-5 lead in the first 3:16 of play. The Cougars only picked up the pace from there, but scored equally efficiently when needing to set up their offense.
Chris Kelly finished two breaks with lay-ups, along with Greene making a jumper in transition and Odarius Mills gliding to the rim for a lay-up, all adding up to eight points in a hurry and a 22-5 Cougar lead with 15:03 still showing in the first half.
"A quick start is always a big plus," said Connor. It was exactly the way to make the second meeting different than the game a few weeks ago.
"We had good passing, good movement, and mostly pretty good defense. We wanted to press and get up tempo on these guys," Connor said. "I was saying in our timeouts, if we share the ball and play our game, the points will come."
Cougar baskets kept coming without a problem. Even on missed shots, V. Diamond Gibbs, Ricky Porter and Mills grabbed more than their share of offensive boards and turned them into two.
The Cougars led 66-34 at halftime. Greene led CCCC with 19 points including five three-pointers. Kelly, a new starter at point guard, had 12 points in the half. Mills was also a new starter.
"We feel we're 11 players strong," Connor said, "and we're comfortable with whoever we got in the game, but you have to hustle and play defense. If you don't do those things, you don't stay in the game."
Virginia Western put a 7-2 run together in the first three minutes of the second half.
Two technical fouls on the Warrior head coach allowed Greene to go 4 for 4 at the line. Seconds later, Greene slammed down an alley-oop pass from Jenaro Harris. The Cougar streak kept going to a 17-0 run and an 85-41 lead. The Cougars hit the century mark on a jumper by Mills with more than six minutes remaining.
The Cougars improve to an 11-5 mark with their last tune-up before Tar Heel Conference play.
Greene, a freshman from Charlotte, finished with a game-high 25 points. Mills, also a freshman, totaled 24 points, 16 being in the second half, and 12 rebounds.
Kelly had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Porter had 11 points and six boards. Gibbs had 10 points and 15 rebounds. Julian Bailey had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Harris had nine points and gave out seven assists.
Cougar conference play opens with a road trip Wednesday night, to Davidson County C.C. CCCC will play at Caldwell C.C. on Saturday, then have five straight home games.
Andrew Giermak | The Sanford Herald Central Carolina's Ricky Porter, left, looks toward the lane on a Cougar fast break during the second half of CCCC's 123-55 rout over Virginia Western C.C. The Cougars improved to an 11-5 record.
CCCC Cougar Volleyball Signs Lee County Senior
January 2, 2014
SANFORD – The Central Carolina Community College Lady Cougar Volleyball team has signed Karey Beth “K.B.” Howard, of Lee County High School, to a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Letter of Intent. The signing took place Dec. 19 at the college’s Lee County Campus.
K.B. played at Lee County High as setter and defensive specialist and also played on the Lee County Heat Volleyball Club team, coached by her father, Robert Howard, and Frank Swindell.
Her parents, Robert and Lisa Howard, and several other family and friends attended the signing, as did Swindell and her coach from East Lee and Lee County, Carolyn Fowler. Robert Howard thanked the coaches and friends who have been a part of her athletic career to date for all that they have done.
K.B. will enter the University Transfer program at CCCC. Her plan right now is to major in Marketing at a senior university. The college program allows students to change their major and still work on the first two years of generalized classes.
Cougar Coach Bill Carter said that he is very pleased with the skills that K.B. brings to the court. The team has signed several players that will add very well to the returning players next year. The team played all freshmen this fall so all members are athletically eligible to return next year. The new players will add to that strength. The coming season shows great promise for the Lady Cougar Volleyball team.
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Cougars Get 10th Win
December 9, 2013
Cougar Basketball is well on its way to its first 20 win season. The team won its 10th game Saturday at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, VA, 87-74 to go to 10-3 on the year. Although the final difference was just 13 points, the result was apparent from the tip. The Cougars are working well together and are raising their own expectations.
This was the first meeting between the two colleges. Virginia Western Blue Stars will enter the Tar Heel Conference of the NJCAA, Region X next year. They will visit Sanford on Jan. 4 for the return game at 3 p.m. Several community colleges in Virginia are leaving their state conference and joining the National Junior College Athletic Association, NJCAA, so the Tar Heel Conference may be expanding north in the coming seasons. Wytheville Community College is in its 4th season with the conference. Expansion into Virginia will help the conference schedule and increase the Conference’s stature nationally.
With the great start, Coach Connor was able play his entire team. Jenaro Harris (Cox Mill) was the leading scorer for the Cougars with 17 and is starting to settle into his role at the point. Julian Bailey (Cape Fear) again led the team on the boards with 16 rebounds and recorded another double-double with 10 pts. Josh Lee, Cougar’s leading scorer, was held to just 8 pts. on the day, while sharing playing time with several reserves.
Harris hit several 3 pt. shots to open the game and Billy Brunson (Hoke) hit all three 3’s he shot for his 9 for the game. Chris Kelly (Cape Fear) finally broke out of his slump and put up 10 and Deinzel Greene (CPCC) chipped in 7. Shawn McGee (Enloe) held the Blue Star’s leading scorer in check with a lock-down defensive effort and put in 6 pts. himself. Kalon Buchanan (Hopewell) had another huge night with 5 blocked shots for the second straight game.
The game atmosphere was great with a large partisan crowd hoping for a victory for the Blue Stars. The 13 pt. final margin was the closest they have been to any NJCAA foe this season. They have previous losses to Sandhills and Davidson County, by 40 and 80, respectively. Coach Connor did not want to make enemies with a future conference member so he played all 13 and gave minutes to some deserving players. Again, this was a team win for the Cougars and that how this team has played this year.
CCCC will have a break for semester finals and will be in action next at Wake Tech in their Christmas tournament where the Cougars will face Catawba Valley and Wake Tech on Dec. 20 and 21. The Cougars are starting to feel like this is going to be a special year.
Cougars Sign Two for 2014 Volleyball
December 5, 2013
SANFORD - Central Carolina Community College's volleyball program signed two new Lady Cougars on Monday afternoon as Hunter Riggins, of Southern Lee, and Payton Kelly, of Overhills, made the paperwork official inside the college's student center.
Riggins, a setter for the Lady Cavaliers, will play the same position for the Lady Cougars said CCCC head coach Bill Carter.
"I saw Hunter play versus Lee (County) and was very impressed with how she plays," Carter said.
"She's going to give us depth, as we have a sophomore setter returning. She's a very talented player, so we're excited about that," he said.
Riggins was on the Southern Lee team in 2012 which won the Cape Fear Valley Conference season title, the program's first conference title, and reached the state tournament. This year's Lady Cavalier team went 10-8 overall and made the NCHSAA 3A State Tournament again.
Carter has coached Kelly on the club level. Kelly is a 6-foot-1 middle hitter/blocker and her play at and above the net is something Central Carolina, which was in its first season rejuvenating its volleyball program this fall after a one-year absence, needs to improve.
"Payton's a very strong middle hitter," Carter said, "and we'll need her strengths blocking and hitting."
The whole Lady Cougar roster this past season, in which CCCC won two matches, was freshmen, so all will be eligible to be back next season.
Carter expects to put together a spring season, with workouts and a few matches, then to have the team work through the summer.
"We expect to get quite a few wins and compete for a conference championship next year," he said.
Sanford Herald, Nov. 6, 2013