The Ottumwa Courier

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January 13, 2014

Warriors race past Greyhounds to close out Courtside Classic

By SCOTT JACKSON

Courier sports writer

OTTUMWA — If the Indian Hills basketball team has to play on consecutive nights again this season, it will have to be at the NJCAA National Tournament.

If this weekend was any indication, it may be a matter of “when” instead of “if” the Warriors play back-to-back games again this season.

Indian Hills followed up the highest-scoring, most decisive win in program history by continuing to showcase a fun, fluid style of basketball against a top-25 rival from the Show-Me State. The top-ranked Warriors raced out to a double-digit lead and never let up, capping 48 hours in which IHCC put nearly 300 points to sweep the Courtside Classic with a 126-110 win over No. 24 Moberly Area on Saturday.

“When you have players that want to play defense and want to get stops, it’s not hard at all,” Warrior freshman James Harris, Jr. said of the ability for a team to score 299 points in a two-game stretch. “It’s all easy when you get stops, get turnovers and make easy baskets on the opposite end.”

IHCC converted 36 steals into several easy transition baskets, helping the Warriors bolster both the season averages for team assists and scoring over the two-game stretch. While most of that was due to a historic 173-67 win over Indiana Dabney, Saturday’s top-25 battle provided plenty of entertainment for Warrior fans as Indian Hills continued to play at a fast, unselfish pace against the Greyhounds.

“I thought the guys did a good job. I think they knew they had a real job to do,” Peery said. “The guys were really focused and they responded really well to the opposition. We got a good spurt in the first half to open things up. The guys responded to a really good team.”

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