Cougars share a blowout win
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.