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November 25, 2013

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

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After discussing it further, however, Bobbitt was given credit for drawing a blocking foul. That not only kept Bobbitt in the game, but gave a basket over and a foul to the IHCC sophomore. The 3-point play brought IHCC back to within 47-40.

“That’s really where the momentum switched,” Bobbitt said. “We just had to keep our feet on the gas pedal.”

Posley stole the ensuing inbounds pass and quickly found Queyvn Winters at the top of the key. His 3-pointer jumper bounced around the rim before falling in as IHCC suddenly had the lead down to 47-43.

The Warrior guards continued the sudden surge. Medford and Posley each turned steals into fast-break layups at the other end with Posley scoring a game-tying and go-ahead basket during a 10-0 run that gave IHCC the lead for good.

“We took defense much more seriously in the second half. That was not Warrior basketball in the first half,” Posley said after a 13-point effort on Saturday and an overall 35-point showing in the two-game Bowling R.V. Classic. “That just shows our character as a team. We were able to overcome adversity and play through it. We just kept lifting each other up as a team.”

“I’m glad my teammates played hard. I’m proud of myself for playing hard as well,” Bobbitt added after getting six of the Warriors 13 steals against the Grizzlies. “We came out, responded and got the win.”

Missouri State-West Plains did what they could to answer back after IHCC had turned a double-digit deficit into a double-digit lead in less than 10 minutes. Sophomore Devaughtah Williams scored a team-high 23 points while Jonathan Tshibuy earned 12 of his 19 points from the foul line to help the Grizzlies (6-3) pull within seven points.

Back-to-back baskets with another inbounds steal by Qiydar Davis and a five-point flurry from Majok Deng helped the Warriors double that advantage by the end of the game. Akolda Manyang capped the tournament on the defensive end in style, swatting a season-high seven blocked shots as IHCC finished the weekend with 16 blocks as a team.

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