OTTUMWA — There were a few things Indian Hills head coach Barret Peery wanted to see his team improve on from opening weekend to the next.
Last weekend, IHCC allowed an average of 95 points a game to its two Jack Blackwell opponents. Last weekend, the Warriors drew a plethora of whistles on defense as 64 fouls were called on Indian Hills players over the first two wins of the season.
They cut down on their fouls, drawing just 22 on Friday night. They improved on the defensive end, allowing just 60 to visiting Mid-Michigan.
But when it comes to sharing the ball on offense, the Warriors don’t need much of a refresher course. Seven players scored in double figures for Indian Hills, a season-best, as IHCC routed the visiting Lakers for the second-straight year at the Reed Overhead Doors Classic.
Final score in game three of the 2013-14 IHCC basketball season: No. 2 Indian Hills 119, Mid-Michigan 60. It was yet another impressive early-season showing for a team that looks every bit like a national title contender.
“For me, it’s been so much better starting out this year,” returning sophomore Majok Deng after a 15-point, eight-rebound night against the Lakers. “We’re out there just having fun. We’ve got a great team, so it definitely makes it fun.”
Peery talked about the positive steps the Warriors took with game three of the brand new season Friday. The hard work in practice was evident early as a pair of 10-0 runs helped IHCC open a 20-9 lead midway through the first half.
“Our guys focus was pretty good. We did a good job defending,” Peery said. “I think the guys really moved their feet. Our percentages were all good on the defensive end. We did a good job rebounding the ball and didn’t allow a lot of second chances.”