The Ottumwa Courier


January 5, 2013

No. 11 IHCC slams South Mountain for bounce-back win

PHOENIX, Arizona — Using an early 9-0 run to take control, 11th-ranked (DI) Indian Hills bounced back from a loss in the first game of its Arizona trip to wallop South Mountain CC, 120-69, on Thursday night.

The Warriors, now 15-2, trailed 4-2 before getting untracked. Once they did, they used an assortment of three-pointers, dunks and fast-break layups to overwhelm South Mountain, a team that was ranked No. 2 in the preseason Division II poll.

Dustin Hogue, who led the Warriors in scoring, helped IHCC open up a huge first-half lead with 16 of his season-high 21 points. The Warriors owned a 69-32 halftime advantage and already had six players with at least eight points by intermission.

The 69 points were only eight fewer than Indian Hills scored when they lost to Central Arizona Tuesday night.

The point total of 120 against South Mountain raised the Warriors’ scoring average to 105.8 points a game, best in the nation in Division I.

South Mountain (7-8) never recovered from the early IHCC onslaught. The Cougars committed 29 turnovers and shot just over 30 percent from the field.

Jameel McKay and Ronald Ross scored 17 points each for the Warriors. Frank Williams had 14, and Richard Amardi and Jelan Kendrick added 13.

Johnell Thompson’s 23 points paced South Mountain, who made 10 threes, one fewer than the Warriors.

Indian Hills will get a much stiffer test as they wrap up their trip with a game at Mesa CC at 8:30 Iowa time Saturday night. Mesa is coming off a 67-46 drubbing of top-ranked South Plains (Tex.) on Wednesday.


INDIAN HILLS (120) – Jameel McKay 8 1-1 17, Richard Amardi 6 1-1 13, Dustin Hogue 9 3-5 21, Ronald Ross 7 0-1 17, Jelan Kendrick 4 3-5 13, Frank Williams 5 0-1 14, Ronnie Stevens 2 1-2 5, Gary Williams, Jr. 1 0-0 2, Martin Dixon-Green 2 0-0 4, Majok Deng 3 0-1 8, Gary Ross 2 2-2 6, Trinson White 0 0-0 0, Rawane Ndiaye 0 0-0 0. Team 49 FG 11-19 120.

SOUTH MOUNTAIN (69) – Grant Ellender 4 2-4 12, DaLan Stafford 5 5-6 17, Rayvonte Adams 0 2-2 2, John Renzi 0 0-2 0, JT Estrada 3 1-3 8, Alex Eddy 1 2-2 4, Johnell Thompson 6 6-7 23, Keenen Knowles 1 0-0 2, Casey Lenz 0 1-2 1. Team 20 FG 19-28 69.

Halftime score: Indian Hills 69, South Mountain 32; Three-point field goals: IHCC 11 (F. Williams 4; R. Ross 3; Kendrick, Deng 2); SMCC 10 (Thompson 5; Ellender, Stafford 2, Estrada 1).

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