Mocs find the magic past the arc

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Chattanooga Mocs are getting ready for a three-point shooting battle Saturday against Western Carolina. Both teams rank in the top three in the Southern Conference for 3-point percentage.

News 12’s Angela Moryan found out what makes the Mocs so dangerous behind the arc.

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For a team that’s all about defense, the Mocs show shocking strength from the three point line.

“That’s a big part of our game,” Stefan Kenic said. “I think after our defense, because we focus our game on our defense, I think that’s the second best thing we can do because we have a lot of guys that can shoot three very well.”

“To be honest with you, we don’t have many guys that I wouldn’t feel comfortable if they shot a 3, or that I’d have my fingers crossed hoping that it’d go in,” Coach Lamont Paris said.

Even bigs Stefan Kenic and Matt Ryan are major three-point threats. That’s been giving some headaches to the opposing defenses.

“Especially when I go to 5 and Matt goes to 4, other teams kind of struggle to guard us because both bigs can shoot, and you don’t see that very often,” Kenic said.

“That’s a match-up problem for other teams. You have to have your big man kind of step out to guard a three point shoot so they’re versatile and it definitely helps a lot,” David Jean-Baptiste said.

Forward Ramon Villa’s dominance in the paint helps open up the outside as well.

“We do a good job feeding to Ramon on the inside and that forces defenses to hone in in the paint,” Jean-Baptiste said.

“It’s kind of like chicken before the egg, or egg before the chicken. I think it’s a result of what we do around the basket. And if we can be efficient around the rim, that allows guys to get better looks around the three-point line,” Paris said.

“He has a saying, ‘Let it rip, not fly.’ It means, if you got one, shoot it. But also if you got one, if someone’s defending it, don’t just let it fly. But be aggressive and still take it,” Jean-Baptiste said.

The Mocs already tied the school record for most made threes with 17 against Samford three weeks ago.

“It would be amazing if we beat the record and made it at least 18. That’d be amazing,” Kenic said.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."