OTTUMWA — Eight months and six days have passed since Indian Hills basketball fans last saw the team the love out on the floor for action at the Hellyer Student Life Center.
Nobody knew it would be the last time last season the Warriors would ever hit the hardwood together.
The first home loss in two years under head coach Barret Peery was tough to stomach, but not because of the end result on the scoreboard. It was the end result of a ruling made on that very same day by the NJCAA banning a national championship contender from participating in the postseason.
Roderick Bobbit played with many of the sophomores that saw their last chance to claim a national championship at Indian Hills taken away by an unfortunate ruling. Even though he wasn’t part of last year’s squad, Bobbit felt the hurt all the same.
“I knew so many of those guys having played with them two years ago. I felt their pain and I felt it wasn’t right what happened to them,” Bobbit said.
Bobbit knows what it means for Warrior fans to make the March trip to Hutchinson, Kansas. Two years ago, the freshman guard was a major part of IHCC’s seventh-place showing at the 2012 NJCAA Division I National Basketball Tournament.
After one year away from the program, the sophomore is ready to give the ‘Warrior Nation’ something it felt it should have had last year. Indian Hills returns to the floor to begin a brand new season tonight, back in the Hellyer Center against Lincoln for the Jack Blackwell Classic, with lofty expectations of being on the national championship stage for the fourth time in program history by March 2014.
“Everyone on this team knows how last season ended,” Bobbit said. “Things happen, but the one thing we want to do is come back and get this program that national championship we should have won last year.”