Turnovers plague Tigers in loss to No. 6 Indian Hills
For Marshalltown Community College to beat a nationally ranked team as good as Indian Hills, the Tigers almost needed to play a perfect game.
Not included in that script was 25 first-half turnovers and those mistakes allowed the NJCAA Division I No. 6 Warriors to grab a big lead and Indian Hills coasted from there, winning the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference game, 111-76, in front of a packed house at the Student Activity Center.
Seven different players reached double-figures as Indian Hills scored at least 100 points for a school-record 19th time Saturday.
“They are a great team, and I have lot of respect for coach (Barret) Peery, but us turning the ball over 25 times – you are not going to win very many games doing that,” MCC coach Brynjar Brynjarsson said. “Honestly, I thought we were fortunate to be down just 32 at the half.”
Not only did the Warriors force the Tigers into 25 turnovers in the first half, but they also collected 18 assists on their 25 buckets while turning it over just four times.
The Warriors went 9-of-28 from 3-point range in the game and now have a school-record 250 triples on the season.
“I thought the big deal was that we created offense with our defense,” said Peery, who is in his third season at Indian Hills. “Our defensive intensity was really good. We shared the ball, too. We turned them over 25 times, but we also had 18 assists at half.
“Our guys really guarded and really shared it, and when you do that, good things happen.”
The Tigers trailed 60-27 at halftime. And starting point guard Mike Rodriguez played just 7 minutes because of foul trouble. He had just two points in the first 20 minutes but finished with a game-high 20 as MCC (12-10, 1-3) was outscored by just two in the second half.
Troidell Carter also added 15 points and eight rebounds and Jamal Gatali scored 11 points and grabbed eight boards in the loss.
“There are no secrets to what we got going,” Brynjarsson said. “He has to be out there to play-make and so forth. Obviously, Mike not being out there hurt us.”
The basketball game was the main attraction, but there also was a Down syndrome awareness event that helped raise money and awareness for people in the community with Down syndrome.
There were special events throughout the night in conjunction with GiGi’s Playhouse, a support organization from Des Moines for families who are affected by Down syndrome.
There also was a display with photographs of children with Down’s, photo opportunities, autograph sessions and a chance to cheer with the cheerleaders.
“If you want to sit and feel sorry for yourself that’s fine,” Brynjarsson said. “We played for a good cause tonight. We are fortunate to be doing what we’re doing. Life isn’t that bad. Yes we lost, but let’s have some pride in how we handle ourselves and wake up tomorrow and be thankful that we have the opportunities that we have.
“I am very thankful for the outcome. I don’t know how much we raised, but I am guessing we’re going to put well over $2,000 back into the community helping people who have situations where someone has Down syndrome.”
The Warriors (21-2, 3-1) were not yet over their loss to Southeastern last week, according to Peery. They came out amped and took care of business early with full-court pressure and an intense defense.
Leading by just three early in the game, Indian Hills went on a 30-6 run to effectively put the Tigers out of reach.
“They were a little bit sore coming into this game,” Peery said. “We are still licking our wounds a little bit from losing a game a week ago. We had some good practices this week, and they were pretty revved up.”
The Tigers had a chance to stay with the visitors early but Merdic Green and Rodriguez both combined to miss the front end of three one-and-ones. Instead of being down 21-18, the Tigers trailed 21-12 and Indian Hills took off from there.
“There is a gap there to where it stays a gap with the free throws that they didn’t make,” Peery said. “Now all of the sudden things are a little easier and it’s a little easier to make shots. I thought we wore them down a little bit midway through the (first) half.”
Malik Dime scored 20 points off the bench to lead the Warriors, who also got 17 points from Roderick Bobbitt, 14 points from Quevyn Winter, 13 points from Jordan Washington and 12 points from Roosevelt Scott. Qiydar Davis and Akokla Manyang put in 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench.
Indian Hills scored 70 of its 111 points inside the paint, had double-digit dunks and outscored Marshalltown’s bench 52-21.
It was a long night for the Tigers and Brynjarsson is ready to move on.
“Nobody else is going to play us that way, so we won’t spend much time dealing with this game,” he said. “I will watch the tape for when we go down there to play. But we got Iowa Western on Wednesday. We’ll get ready for them.”
That game against the No. 3 Reivers tips off at 7 p.m. Iowa Western has lost back-to-back games after losing at Indian Hills last Wednesday and dropping Saturday’s contest to conference-leading Southeastern in overtime Saturday night.
Former Indian Hills stars and current Iowa State Cyclones Jameel McKay and Dustin Hogue were in the stands to support their old school. They were joined by Iowa State sophomore Georges Niang and a few other Cyclones. “Those guys won a lot of games for us,” Peery said. “We stay close with our guys. It’s been neat to have so many of our guys come back. We have 15 former athletes from our first two years playing Division I this year.” In other ICCAC action Saturday, NIACC beat Iowa Central and Ellsworth defeated Kirkwood.