OTTUMWA — Several calls are made by officials in the course of a basketball game. Several calls are disputed by coaches and players.
Rarely, however, do players or coaches see a call reversed in their favor.
So when IHCC sophomore Roderick Bobbitt was called for a charge early in the second half Saturday night during a 97-84 win over Missouri State-West Plains, the pleading wasn’t directed at the officials. After being called for what would have been his fourth foul of the game and his team facing its largest deficit of the season, Bobbitt instead pleaded with his head coach not to take him out of the Bowling R.V. Classic finale.
“I was just asking (Coach) Peery not to take me out. I wanted to try and play through it,” Bobbitt said.
Bobbitt wouldn’t need to worry about playing with four fouls, however. After a brief discussion, the officials overturned the call, instead of whistling a blocking foul on Missouri State-West Plains. Instead of sitting on the bench with four fouls, Bobbitt went to the free throw line to complete a three-point play.
Those would be the first three points in a game-changing 19-2 run for the Warriors, who overcame their first double-digit deficit of the season. Indian Hills scored 40 of the next 57 points against the Grizzlies after an Arroyo Edwards' jumper put MSU-West Plains up 47-37.
Less than four minutes later, IHCC (7-0) had the lead back as the Warriors scored 60 points in the second half for the second-straight night. By far and away, it was the Warriors toughest win to date.
But who knows how it would have turned out if not for the good fortune of a rare reversed call.
“You normally just see refs that will talk it over, but you never see the call switched,” sophomore Marcus Posley said. “That’s the dream of every player, but it was really a great call by the refs to overturn it. It was great job by Roderick to get that basket while getting fouled. It really shows what kind of a player he is.”