The Ottumwa Courier


January 6, 2013

Warriors wrap up Arizona trip on winning note

MESA, Arizona — No. 11 (DI) Indian Hills jumped on Mesa CC with a big, early lead and went on to roll over the Thunderbirds, 83-69, on Saturday in the Warriors’ final game of their three-game trip to Arizona.

The IHCC win came on the same floor where Mesa had dominated No. 1-ranked South Plains (Tex.) in a 67-46 blowout earlier in the week.

“(Mesa) had a lot of momentum coming into this game,” Indian Hills head coach Barret Peery said. “I was concerned about that. I thought our guys bounced back really well from Tuesday’s disappointing loss.”

“I’m really proud. This might be the best win we’ve had in my two years here.”

The Warriors (16-2) scored the first 12 points and held Mesa (12-4) without a field goal for over eight minutes to start the game.  After grabbing the 12-0 lead, Indian Hills didn’t let up, eventually building a 20-point lead at 37-17.

“We knew it was going to be a test of wills. I think we did a good job of getting the game to go at our pace right away,” Peery said.”

With four minutes remaining in the opening half, the Warriors’ Jameel McKay already had a double-double.

McKay finished the night with 20 points and 16 rebounds, both game-highs.

“Jameel’s a walking double-double. He’s been that way for two years,” Peery said.

Frank Williams had his third straight outstanding performance off the bench for IHCC, draining five 3-pointers, four of them in the first half, on his way to 17 points.

The lead was 14 points at the half and Indian Hills withstood a couple of Mesa comeback attempts in the second half.

The Thunderbirds’ biggest charge got them to within 62-56 with 7:23 to play in the second half after a Khalfuni Marks layup. Jelan Kendrick had the answer for the Warriors, hitting a pull-up jumper with the shot clock winding down.

That basket started a 10-0 IHCC run over the next four minutes that effectively put the game away. Richard Amardi had two of the buckets in that run and Mesa never got closer than 10 points the rest of the contest.

“We faced some interesting challenges throughout the game,” Peery said. “Our guys just kept battling and battling.”

Dustin Hogue had 12 points for the Warriors and Kendrick had seven assists to go along with 10 points.

Tylor Wimbish had 17 points to lead the Mesa scoring.

Indian Hills had a huge edge on the backboards, out-rebounding the hosts 38-20.

“This was a road trip that I wouldn’t have made with our team last year,” Peery said. “I feel like this is the kind of team that take on the challenges we faced this week and in our trip out west earlier this year.”

“We’re going to face all sorts of challenges this year. We’ve got to be ready to meet them.”

There are two more games left in the Warriors’ stretch of five straight road tests. They will play at Three Rivers (Mo.) on Wednesday night and then begin league play against conference newcomer Northeast (Neb.) on Jan. 16.

No. 11 (DI) INDIAN HILLS 83, MESA 69

INDIAN HILLS (83) – Jameel McKay 8-12 4-8 20, Richard Amardi 4-7 0-0 8, Dustin Hogue 6-13 0-0 12, Ronald Ross 3-7 0-0 7, Jelan Kendrick 3-6 3-5 10, Trinson White 0-2 2-2 2, Frank Williams 5-8 2-2 17, Gary Williams, Jr. 2-4 0-0 5, Majok Deng 1-3 0-0 3, Ronnie Stevens 0-0 0-0 0 Team 32-62 11-17 83.

Fouled out — McKay, Ross. Rebounds — 42 (McKay 16). Assists — 16 (Kendrick 7). Steals — 6 (Hogue 2, Kendrick 2). Blocks — 5 (Amardi 3). Total fouls — 25 (Technicals - Kendrick, Ross, Williams). Turnovers — 10.

MESA (69) – Khalfuni Marks 3-4 0-1 7, Shyheim McClelland 0-5 4-6 4, Tylor Wimbish 7-13 1-3 17, Anthony Hatfield 1-5 0-0 2, Christian Griggs-Williams 4-6 2-2 10, Tre Ogles 0-2 2-2 2, Angel Ung 1-2 3-4 6, Kyle Tomlinson 0-1 0-0 0, Eric Hunt 2-4 0-1 5, Tyler Fink 2-8 8-11 14, Jeffrey Bonner 0-1 2-2 2 Team 20-51 22-32 69.

Rebounds — 23 (Hunt 8). Assists — 17 (McClelland 8). Steals — 3 (Wimbish 3). Blocks — 1 (McClelland). Total fouls — 20. Turnovers — 13.

Halftime score: Indian Hills 44, Mesa 30; Three-point field goals: IHCC 9-23 (F. Williams 5-7; Ross 1-5, Kendrick 1-3, G. Williams 1-3, Deng 1-1), MCC 7-17 (Wimbish 2-2, Fink 2-3; Marks 1-1, Ung 1-2, Hunt 1-1).

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