The Ottumwa Courier

February 13, 2014

Warriors light up board in blowout victory

By ANDY HEINTZ Courier Sports Writer
Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — The top-ranked Indian Hills basketball team put on a basketball clinic in its 149-97 victory over an outmatched Three Rivers team Tuesday at the Hellyer Student Life Center.

Marcus Posley sparked the Warrior offense with a game-high 30 points and Roderick Bobbitt complemented his efforts with 23 points. In addition, Akolda Manyang scored 17 points, corralled 11 rebounds and served as a defensive bulwark for Indian Hills with a team-best 10 blocks.

"Everybody shared the ball and we had all kinds of guys in double figures," Warrior coach Barret Peery said. "They did a great job. [It] was a good team win."

Other Indian Hills players in double figures included Qiydar Davis with 17, Roosevelt Scott 13, and Lester Medford and Harris Jr. with 11 each.

The Warriors set the tone of the game early, as they hoodwinked the Raiders into adopting their fast-paced style of play.

"We came out with our press and pressured the ball and caused turnovers," James Harris Jr. said. "That's what coach always tells us. To make them play fast so we can get in transition and make easy baskets."

"I think our depth helps us with that a lot," Peery added. "We play fast pace in everything we do and it carries over to the floor and I think our guys do a great job believing in it."

Manyang and a host of others established their defensive bona fides with a bevy of blocks to start the game.

"To be honest, I just try to play hard and go for every other shot and try to put my hand straight up so I won't foul them," Manyang said about his blocking ability.

The game didn't suffer from a paucity of highlights or éclat, as the Warriors' offensive juggernaut used 17 3-pointers and a barrage of slam dunks to overwhelm the Raiders.

"We were getting good looks," Harris Jr. said. "We get in the paint and create for other teammates and they get open shots and just knock them down. It's the easiest part of the game."

Roosevelt Scott accounted for the breadth of the Indian Hills dunks, but one of his dunks stood out above the rest: Scott elevated high in the air, received the pass, and slammed it in with one hand for a thunderous alley oop. As he headed back downcourt to play defense, the cheers were drumming in his ears.

Indian Hills (25-2) plays at Iowa Western Community College Saturday in Council Bluffs.

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Three 48 47 — 97

Indian 81 68 — 149

Three Rivers (97) — Uzonna Akazi 28, Torry Butler 18, Ramon Ajose 10, Brian Patterson 10, Jake Coddington 6, John Meyer 6, Eli Sample 9, Ollie Nelson 2, Trey Watkins 4. Totals 36-84 FG 9-12 FT 97.

3-point goals — 5-18 (Coddington 2, Sample 2). Fouled out —25 . Rebounds — 46 (Akazi 12). Assists — 14 (Sample 3). Steals — 13 (Butler 4). Blocks — 1 (Torry 1). Total fouls — 25. Turnovers — 27.

Indian Hills (149) — Marcus Posley 30, Roderick Bobbitt 23, Akolda Manyang 17, Roosevelt Scott 13, Qiydar Davis 17, Malik Dime 8, Quevyn Winter 8, Jordan Washington 8, Ellie Bryce 2. Totals 50-88 FG 32-43 FT 149.

3-point goals — 17-41 (Bobbitt 4, Posley 4). Fouled out — John Meyer. Rebounds — 68 (Manyang 11). Assists — 35 (Lester Medford 14). Steals — 15 (Posley 5). Blocks — 14 (Manyang 14). Total fouls — 24. Turnovers — 20.