An on-court altercation in the final minute of Tuesday night’s basketball game between Iowa Western and Moberly Area CC has ramifications for the Indian Hills Warriors.
According to media reports, the game in Council Bluffs ended with 11.6 seconds remaining when both teams and some spectators were involved in a melee on the court at Kanesville Arena.
The contest will go in the books as a 95-92 win for Iowa Western. Moberly was behind by 14 points in the second half and rallied to within a point in the last minute. They were down by three when the altercation reportedly took place away from the game action.
As a result, both Iowa Western and Moberly have to forfeit their next two games. Ironically, they were the next two scheduled opponents for No. 1 ranked Indian Hills.
So, the Warriors will get two forfeit victories, pushing their season record to 27-2, and leaving them with just one game left in the regular season, against Marshalltown CC at home on Feb. 22.
“We are extremely disappointed to not have an opportunity to play these two games,” said IHCC coach Barret Peery. “I really love how our team is playing right now and the momentum that we have.”
While Iowa Western and Moberly were brawling, the Warriors were putting together maybe their most impressive performance of the season in a 149-97 rout of Three Rivers. Indian Hills was looking forward to at least maintaining its share of first place in the conference standings with a win at Iowa Western on Saturday night. They defeated the Reivers 107-88 at the Hellyer Center last month.
IHCC was slated to travel to Moberly next Tuesday, having outscored the Greyhounds 126-110 on Jan. 4.
And Peery was anxious to play these two games as the postseason approaches. “We always want to play great teams, and I thought these next two games were going to be exciting tests for our group. Our team has shown that they love to go on the road and compete.”
But there will apparently be no game until the 22nd for the Warriors, with an effort to schedule another game between now and then denied. Indian Hills and Southeastern are tied for first place in the Region 11 standings, each at 5-1. SCC goes to Northeast (Neb.) to play this Saturday. Like Indian Hills, they will get a forfeit victory over Iowa Western because the Reivers only had two regular season games remaining, against IHCC and SCC.
That makes the Marshalltown game a very big one for the Warriors. “We control our own fate and need to make sure we are prepared for Marshalltown,” said Peery. “If we can win that game it will give us the opportunity to play at home in the postseason.”
(release courtesy of Indian Hills Athletics)