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November 25, 2013

Reversal of Fortune: Second-ranked Warriors wipe away halftime deficit against West Plains

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Nobody was as surprised as Bobbitt, who was IHCC’s only scorer in double figures at the time of the call with 11 points. On the way to a season-high 28-point night, the Warrior guard seemed just as reenergized as the rest of his teammates after learning of the reversed call.

“At first, I was right there listening to them. Then, they kind of walked off and talked,” Bobbitt said of the officials. “They had their conversation, then they went over to the scorer’s table and changed the call.”

Indian Hills head coach Barret Peery, however, didn’t want to put too much stock in one call making the difference in the second-ranked Warriors seventh-straight win.

“Honestly, I don’t know much about the call and I don’t think that’s what won or lost the game for us,” Peery said. “I think our guys did what they had to coming out of the locker room to change the game. That momentum that we created with our play overall in the second half was the story of how we won this game.”

Before the call, however, MSU-West Plains had rocked the Warriors in a way no team early in this season has managed to yet. The Grizzlies overcame an 11-2 start by IHCC, chipping away at the deficit until a late surge heading into the locker room sent West Plains into the half with a stunning 45-37 lead.

“You gain momentum and you gain confidence when you start hitting shots,” Peery said. “(West Plains) shot 50 percent in the first half and we were only shooting at (27) percent. It was a case where we had to learn how to win without at times making pretty baskets.”

Things didn’t start any better as the Grizzlies scored seconds into the second half on Edwards’ jumper. Bobbitt then attacked the rim, but was initially called for a charge as he made contact with a Grizzly defender while putting in a layup.

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