The Ottumwa Courier

January 13, 2014

Warriors race past Greyhounds to close out Courtside Classic

Courier sports writer


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.”

IHCC certainly showcased more poise early on than Moberly Area. Sophomore Brenden Wheeler picked up two technical fouls within the first four minutes of the game, becoming one of two members of the Greyhounds to be ejected as assistant coach Andre Bell would join Wheeler in the locker room in the second half.

Fortunately for Moberly Area, sophomore guard Jaysean Paige picked up right where he left off after a 29-point effort against ABCD Prep in the Courtside Classic opener on Friday. Paige hit his first five shots from the field and scored 11 points in the opening 10 minutes as the Greyhounds (13-4) pulled within 27-23.

“(Paige) is a great player and he’s a tough guy to defend,” IHCC freshman Jordan Washington said.

Paige poured in 30 points on Saturday against the Warriors, topping his total from the previous night against ABCD Prep. That total, however, was not enough to earn team-high scoring honors as fellow Greyhound guard Evan Singletary stepped up with a game-best 37 points.

“Both of those guards, Paige and Singletary, are both great,” Peery said. “They’ll play at good Division I’s. They can really score the ball, but we knew that going in. We knew we were going to have our hands full.”

If two guards were enough to keep the Warrior defense busy, IHCC had more than enough to stretch the Greyhounds thin on the other end. Roosevelt Scott, Roderick Bobbitt, Lester Medford and Marcus Posley not only put up plenty of points but kept the ball moving at an electric pace.

Paced by Scott’s 32-point night and Bobbitt’s triple-double, the foursome combined to produce 99 points, 24 assists and 11 steals on the night. After a school-record 40 assists the previous night against Indiana Dabney, the Warriors went back on a record pace with 23 assists in the opening half on the way to opening a 71-54 halftime lead against Moberly Area.

“We go five, six, seven strong off the bench,” Harris, Jr. said. “Anyone can score the ball. Coach is always telling us to share the ball. When you share the ball, good things are going to happen.”

“I think our pressure got to them a little bit,” Peery added. “The ball got moved, the ball got shared and our guys did a really good job.”

The Courtside Classic, which doubled as the first action of 2014 for Indian Hills, will certainly go down in the record books as a weekend no Warrior fan will soon forget. IHCC’s 101-point opening half set the tone as the Warriors averaged 149.5 points in two games, the best two-game stretch in program history, and bumped the season scoring average for Indian Hills up to 116 points per game.

The lead never trickled below triple digits despite the 67 combined points scored between Singletary and Paige. Harris, Jr. drilled one of IHCC’s 15 3-pointers on Saturday and 29 treys in the Courtside Classic to put the top-ranked Warriors over the century mark with 12 minutes left in the contest.

“We don’t look at the scoreboard that much, though,” Harris, Jr. said. “Coach always tells us not to look at the score. Just play hard and play fast and amazing things will happen.”

The question now for the top-ranked Warriors is will this high-octane attack travel and translate to into the thickest stretch of the regular season. No. 1 IHCC takes a 17-0 record into Missouri to face Three Rivers tonight at 7 p.m. After that, Indian Hills will return home next Saturday to open Region XI play against Northeast.

“Three Rivers is going to be a completely test with the structure they play with,” Peery said. “It will be a completely different game. (Three Rivers) won’t want to run, so it will be a test of wills. It’s good to prepare us for what we’ll see when we get into regional play.”

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Courtside Classic

No. 1 Indian Hills 126, Moberly Area 110

MAAC 54 56 — 110

IHCC 71 55 — 126

MACC (110) — Evan Singletary 37, Jaysean Paige 30, Malcolm Henderson 18, Ramond Jenkins 8, Maurice Letcher-Ellis 8, Jermaine Morgan 7, B.J. McLaughlin 2. Totals 40-77 18-27 110.

3-point goals — 12-25 (Paige 6-8, Singletary 5-9, Hamilton 1-5, Ronald Lawton 0-1, McLaughlin 0-1, Morgan 0-1). Fouled out — Jenkins, Letcher-Ellis (Ejections – Brenden Wheeler, assistant coach Andre Bell). Rebounds — 41 (Singletary 9, Morgan 8, Jenkins 6, Paige 6, Hamilton 4, Lawton 4, Letcher-Ellis 2, McLaughlin 2). Assists — 36 (Singletary 9, Hamilton 8, Paige 7, Mike Kelly 6, Jenkins 4, McLaughlin, Morgan). Steals — 9 (Hamilton 4, Paige 2, Singletary 2, Letcher-Ellis). Blocks — 5 (Morgan 2, Paige 2, Letcher-Ellis). Total fouls — 31 (Technicals – Wheeler 2, assistant coach Andre Bell 2). Turnovers — 19.

IHCC (126) — Roosevelt Scott 32, Roderick Bobbitt 26, Marcus Posley 23, Lester Medford 18, Jordan Washington 11, Akolda Manyang 6, Quevyn Winters 5, James Harris, Jr. 3, Malik Dime 2. Totals 42-82 27-42 126.

3-point goals — 15-40 (Posley 6-11, Medford 4-10, Scott 2-5, Harris, Jr. 1-3, Bobbitt 1-5, Winters 1-5, Majok Deng 0-1). Rebounds — 46 (Bobbitt 10, Scott 9, Washington 9, Manyang 4, Winters 4, Harris, Jr. 3, Deng 2, Dime 2, Medford 2, Posley). Assists — 40 (Bobbitt 13, Winters 8, Medford 7, Harris, Jr. 3, Deng 2, Manyang 2, Posley 2, Scott 2, Washington). Steals — 13 (Bobbitt 5, Scott 3, Medford 2, Harris, Jr., Manyang, Posley). Blocks — 10 (Dime 6, Manyang 4). Total fouls — 23 (Technicals – Posley). Turnovers — 13.

Friday’s Game

No. 1 Indian Hills 173, Indiana Dabney 67

I.D. 27 40 — 67

I.H. 101 72 — 173

Indiana Dabney (67) — Anthony Harris 22, Sean Holloway 19, Leonard Brinson 10, Kyle Holmes 8, David McGee 6, Michael Rowe 2. Totals 27-82 7-19 67.

3-point goals — 6-17 (Holloway 3-6, Holmes 2-3, McGee 1-4, Harris 0-1, Brinson 0-3). Fouled out — McGee. Rebounds — 37 (Brinson 10, Harris 9, Holloway 9, Holmes 6, Rowe 2, McGee). Assists — 20 (Brinson 8, Holloway 5, Holmes 4, Harris 2, Rowe). Steals — 9 (Brinson 3, Holloway 2, Holmes 2, Rowe 2). Blocks — 1 (Harris). Total fouls — 18 (Intentionals – McGee; Technicals – McGee). Turnovers — 29.

IHCC (173) — Akolda Manyang 20, Lester Medford 20, Qiydar Davis 19, Malik Dime 16, Marcus Posley 16, Jordan Washington 16, Quevyn Winters 15, Roderick Bobbitt 14, Roosevelt Scott 14, Bryce Elie 9, Dawud Salaam 9, James Harris, Jr. 5. Totals 71-123 15-22 173.

3-point goals — 16-35 (Bobbitt 4-9, Winters 3-4, Medford 3-5, Elie 2-3, Scott 2-5, Salaam 1-1, Posley 1-5, Nahat Manser 0-1, Davis 0-2). Fouled out — Washington. Rebounds — 76 (Washington 13, Manyang 10, Davis 8, Harris, Jr. 8, Medford 7, Dime 6, Scott 6, Winters 6, Elie 5, Posley 4, Bobbitt 2, Salaam). Assists — 49 (Medford 9, Winters 9, Bobbitt 7, Harris, Jr. 5, Posley 4, Elie 3, Manyang 3, Scott 3, Davis 2, Manser 2, Salaam, Washington). Steals — 23 (Medford 7, Winters 4, Bobbitt 3, Manser 3, Davis 2, Manyang 2, Harris, Jr., Posley). Blocks — 10 (Manyang 4, Dime 3, Washington 3, Elie). Total fouls — 20 (Technicals – Dime). Turnovers — 13.