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December 30, 2011

Southeastern forfeits basketball season after dismissing 10 players

WEST BURLINGTON — Ten players from Southeastern Community College’s men’s basketball team have been kicked off the squad for violating college and athletic department rules, the Burlington Hawk Eye reported Thursday night.

Two other players also have been declared academically ineligible, according to the Hawk Eye report, diminishing Southeastern’s 14-player roster to just two eligible players. The school announced it will forfeit their 12 remaining games of the 2011-12 season, including a pair of Region XI meetings with Indian Hills.

The Hawk Eye reported the names of the 10 dismissed players: Marshaun Maull, Jordan Aaron, Nicos Norris, Davon Morton, Deonte Houston, Fahro Alihodzic, D’Lando Carter, Mike Hemsley, Elhadji ‘Bira’ Seck and Ron Patten Jr. The dismissals are the result of recent conduct violations.

“I’m very disappointed in the actions of these young men,” men’s basketball coach and athletic director Terry Carlson said in a statement. “Each violated the SCC athletic code of conduct.

“Sadly, these have been good kids who made some incredibly irresponsible and poor choices.”

Southeastern and Indian Hills were scheduled to play in Ottumwa on Saturday, Feb. 4 and in West Burlington on Saturday, Feb. 25 to close out the regular season.

First-year Indian Hills head men’s basketball coach Barret Peery said the school will look into possibilities at finding opponents to fill those vacant dates.

“It would be tough to lose those two games (with Southeastern) from the schedule,” Peery said. “It’s such a great rivalry.”

The Feb. 4 game in Ottumwa was also scheduled to be the night that the first inductees in the Indian Hills athletic hall-of-fame would be honored at halftime. School officials will look at all options for new opponents or rescheduling events from Feb. 4 next week.

IHCC and Southeastern have met each of the past three seasons in the best-of-three Region XI championship series with the Blackhawks winning all three matchups. Southeastern represented Region XI in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament the past two seasons under Carroll and were coming off a fourth-place finish last year — the highest placing under Carroll, who led Indian Hills to back-to-back national championships in 1996 and 1997.

Southeastern was 13-3 so far this season.

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