The Ottumwa Courier


November 29, 2012

Loss drops Warriors to 10th

OTTUMWA — The Indian Hills basketball team’s overtime road loss at the College of Southern Idaho cost the Warriors more than an unblemished record, it dropped IHCC from fourth to 10th in the latest NJCAA Division I College Basketball poll.

With a 7-1 record, IHCC is the only team in the top 10 with a loss. South Plains, Texas (8-0), Northwest Florida State (8-0) and Howard, Texas (9-0) remained ranked atop the polls as the top three teams, with Vincennes, Ind. (7-0) climbing from fifth to replace IHCC at No. 4.

The Warriors’ Region XI rival Iowa Western (8-0) moved up from 11th to ninth, ahead of 10th-ranked IHCC. The Warriors will host Iowa Western on Jan. 19 and will travel to Council Bluffs to take on the Reivers on Feb. 9.

The Warriors hit the road over Thanksgiving weekend and challenged a couple top-contending teams in their home arenas.

Indian Hills took a double-overtime win at Salt Lake City, 94-84 on Friday before falling to Southern Idaho, 96-87, in overtime on Saturday.

“It was a long week. We were a tired team that had to deal with some different health issues,” IHCC coach Barret Peery said. “We played two national championship-quality teams.”

Justin Moss led the Warriors in the win against Salt Lake City with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Jameel McKay also posted a double-double with 11 points and 15 boards. McKay, despite battling illness throughout the weekend, played well in the loss to Southern Idaho as well, as he led the Warriors with 19 points and 20 rebounds in that contest.

“If you have an all-American that can walk and you get desperate enough, you’ll put him out there,” Peery joked. “He certainly gave us a great effort, considering.”

Indian Hills is back in action at home on Friday night, when the Warriors will host Ellsworth (5-2) at the Hellyer Center in Ottumwa. The Panthers — a NJCAA DII program from Iowa Falls — have won four of their last five games, including a 104-96 victory over Concordia, Texas on Thanksgiving Eve.

IHCC then travels to Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Dec. 4 for a rematch with Kirkwood, a team that gave the Warriors all they could handle in a home game in early November.

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