By SCOTT JACKSON
Courier sports writer
---- — OTTUMWA — Two teams in the top 15. Two teams that have scored over 100 points a game in the first three games of the season. Two teams that, when they last met, needed overtime to decide a winner.
Everything about Saturday night’s Reed Overhead Doors Classic finale had all the makings of being an all-time classic between No. 13 College of Southern Idaho and No. 2 Indian Hills. For Warriors head coach Barret Peery, the third meeting in three years with his former school had him putting the contest in very high regard.
“You’ve got what basically amounts to a Duke-Kentucky type of game on the JUCO level,” Peery said. “You’ve got two storied programs, top-five programs year in and year out with all of their history.”
Rarely, however, does a Duke-Kentucky type of game yield the kind of one-sided result that developed Saturday at the Hellyer Student Life Center. Facing a team that was supposed to be right at their level for what was supposed to be an instant classic, Indian Hills made an incredible early-season statement as a 15-0 run in the second half and a 20-5 surge in the second half opened the doors to a 35-point run away as IHCC topped the century mark for the fourth time in a row to open the season for the first time in program history.
Final score: Indian Hills 122, College of Southern Idaho 87. Just four games into the season, IHCC took their level of play to a whole new level to dominate the Golden Eagles.
“The biggest thing was, we went and got 33 assists, we stopped their scorers and our big guys were tremendous at protecting the rim on the other end,” Peery said. “We rebounded the ball so we could run. We had six guys in double figures because we tried to share the ball so well. The effort was really good.”
That might be putting it mildly. Indian Hills reached a new single-game high for the season with the 122-point effort. The Warriors only got better as the game went along, putting up 66 points in the second half to turn a simple 10-point second-half lead into a rout.
According to sophomore transfer Quevyn Winters, who scored 23 points for his best scoring effort as a Warrior, the free and easy flow with which IHCC has put up points on Saturday and through the first two weeks of the season is truly a total team effort.
“This is a good group of guys. We all love each other, we all work hard and we’re all there for each other on the court,” Winters said. “We all feed off each other. We’ve all been here since the summer working hard. We’ve spent all those days just pushing each other to make each other better.”
“We’ve got a special group of guys that like each other,” Peery added. “When you have that, you get a team that wants each player to be successful.”
After an early stretch that appeared to be following the close back-and-forth style many people expected to see between the Golden Eagles and Warriors, with the two teams exchanging four lead changes in the opening minutes, IHCC ran away with the lead for good. Indian Hills scored 15 unanswered points to turn a simple small 11-9 advantage into a 26-9 score just seven minutes into the contest.
“We just had our adrenaline going at that point,” Winters said. “We were hitting shots and getting stops. Basically, we were just playing basketball.”
CSI tried as best as possible to keep up and cut into the early double-digit deficit. Paced by Fredrick Edmond’s 22-point, 11-rebound double-double, the Golden Eagles scored six straight points after IHCC’s initial run to pull within 38-23.
Indian Hills responded with a Lester Medford layup to stop the run. Roderick Bobbitt then found a wide-open Winters for a 3-pointer to push the lead back out to 19 points in a blink. The dish, coming off a rebound, helped pace Bobbitt to a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.
“For Rod to go out and get a triple-double like that is unheard of,” Peery said of Bobbitt. “He’s been rebounding the ball tremendously early in the season.”
Indian Hills saw its lead nearly get cut down to single digits early in the second half as CSI got as close 61-51 minutes after halftime. When the Golden Eagles (3-1) tried to attack the basket, however, freshman Malik Dime was there as a defensive outlet for the Warriors’ transition offense.
Dime had his biggest night protecting the rim, coming up with seven blocks including several that sent IHCC on the run the other way for easy baskets. Several of those layups led to the Warriors’ second 15-point run of the night as Indian Hills opened up a 93-69 lead with Winters going over 20 points on a layup with 9:12 to go in the game.
“That’s what I do the best. I’m good at shot blocking,” Dime said of his defense. “I have some long arms. Maybe that’s the reason it worked out so well. It seemed like every time I blocked a shot, it got us running out.”
“I know I might have some big nights in me, but it was my teammates that did a great job getting me the ball,” Winters added.
For Dime, finding his niche on a basketball floor might be even more impressive considering how new to the sport the post presence from Columbus, Ohio is to the game. Being part of such a balanced and unselfish team has been trying an eye-opener.
“I’ve been playing basketball for just two years now and I’ve never been part of a team like this,” Dime said. “It’s like being part of a family.”
The second-ranked Indian Hills basketball family, including the “Warrior Nation” fan base, will have to wait a full week before reconvening at the Hellyer Center for IHCC’s next contest. No. 2 Indian Hills will take a perfect 4-0 record into next Saturday’s game against Rock Valley at 7 p.m.
For Peery, the fourth win of the season as Warrior head coach came with his second in three meetings against the CSI team he once coached to the national tournament
“I’ve been really fortunate to coach now at two programs with such a great history,” Peery said. “I’m really proud of our guys for the way we’ve won. We won with class and we really played hard.”
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Reed Overhead Doors Classic
No. 2 (DI) Indian Hills 122, No. 13 (DI) College of Southern Idaho 87
CSI	 43 44 — 87
IHCC 56 66 — 122
College of Southern Idaho (87) — Fredrick Edmond 22, Dallas Anglin 21, Detwon Rogers 14, James Reid 10, Trevor Bamgartner 8, Montigo Alford 4, Jamal McDowell 4, Darnell Tillman 2, Kenned Esume 1. Totals 27-78 29-39 87.
3-point goals — 4-19 (Anglin 2-9, Bamgartner 1-2, Reid 1-4, Alford 0-1, Edmond 0-1, Rogers 0-2). Rebounds — 40 (Edmond 11, Rogers 9, Esume 5, Tillman 4, Alford 3, Reid 3, McDowell 2, Anglin, Bamgartner, Osamudiamen Igodan). Assists — 20 (Alford 4, Edmond 4, Anglin 3, McDowell 3, Rogers 3, Bamgartner, Clifton Harrell, Tillman). Steals — 8 (Alford 3, Anglin 3, Edmond 2). Blocks — 4 (Reid 2, Alford, Anglin). Total fouls — 28 (Technicals – Rogers). Turnovers — 19.
Indian Hills (122) — Roosevelt Scott 24, Quevyn Winters 23, Lester Medford 17, Marcus Posley 15, Majok Deng 14, Roderick Bobbitt 13, Jordan Washington 9, Akoloda Manyang 5, Malik Dime 2. Totals 41-81 29-36 122.
3-point goals — 11-25 (Scott 3-3, Winters 3-6, Deng 2-4, Posley 2-6, Medford 1-5, J.R. Harris 0-1). Fouled out — Harris, Washington. Rebounds — 53 (Bobbitt 13, Deng 6, Medford 6, Posley 6, Winters 6, Dime 5, Manyang 5, Scott 5, Washington). Assists — 33 (Bobbitt 12, Medford 11, Deng 3, Posley 3, Scott 2, Winters 2). Steals — 10 (Bobbitt 3, Medford 2, Posley 2, Deng, Dime, Winters). Blocks — 9 (Dime 6, Deng 2, Manyang). Total fouls — 32 (Technical – Manyang). Turnovers — 18.
No. 2 (DI) Indian Hills 119, Mid-Michigan 60
M.M. 33 27 — 60
IHCC 60 59 — 119
Mid-Michigan (60) — Trevor Gernaat 17, Erick Layton 15, Marcus Smith 9, Cody Johnson 7, Jordan Wilson 7, Brann Schmidt 3, Kaleb Nealy 2. Totals 17-52 16-23 60.
3-point goals — 10-31 (Gernaat 4-7, Layton 3-10, Wilson 1-2, Johnson 1-3, Schmidt 1-3, Marcus Burk 0-1, Nealy 0-1, Braeden Proctor 0-1, RayShon Thomas 0-1, Sura 0-2). Rebounds — 31 (Gernaat 6, Johnson 5, Sura 5, Kyle Shomin 4, Layton 3, Chris Ouwings 3, Nealy 2, Wilson 2, Schmidt). Assists — 15 (Johnson 6, Layton 4, Wilson 3, Ouwings, Proctor). Steals — 6 (Johnson 2, Gernaat, Layton, Sura, Wilson). Blocks — 0. Total fouls — 27 (Intentionals – Gernaat) (Technicals – Gernaat). Turnovers — 32.
Indian Hills (119) — Marcus Posley 17, Roosevelt Scott 17, Majok Deng 15, Jordan Washington 14, J.R. Harris 13, Qiydar Davis 12, Lester Medford 10, Roderick Bobbitt 8, Quevyn Winters 7, Akolda Manyang 4, Malik Dime 2. Totals 43-69 27-40 119.
3-point goals — 6-18 (Posley 3-4, Scott 2-3, Davis 1-2, Medford 0-1, Winters 0-1, Deng 0-3, Bobbitt 0-4). Rebounds — 44 (Deng 8, Winters 8, Bobbitt 7, Manyang 7, Washington 4, Posley 3, Scott 3, Harris 2, Davis, Dime). Assists — 32 (Bobbitt 9, Harris 5, Medford 5, Posley 4, Manyang 3, Dime 2, Winters 2, Scott, Washington). Steals — 18 (Harris 5, Bobbitt 3, Posley 3, Medford 2, Scott 2, Davis, Deng, Washington). Blocks — 2 (Dime, Manyang). Total fouls — 23 (Technicals – IHCC Bench). Turnovers — 18.