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Indian Hills ends Reivers’ perfect start

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OTTUMWA, Iowa — One streak had to end. It wasn’t the one Iowa Western wanted.

No. 10 Indian Hills ended No. 3 IWCC’s season-opening string of consecutive wins at 20 Saturday with a 79-64 victory over the Reivers at the Hellyer Center.

In doing so, the Warriors improved to 32-0 on their home floor under second-year coach Barret Peery. They beat Iowa Western for the 11th straight time in Ottumwa, dating back to the 2005-06 season.

Indian Hills (19-2) used a 15-2 flurry at the end of the first half to take control of the first meeting between the NJCAA Region XI rivals, who finished first and second in the region last year.

“These teams know each other very well,” Peery said. “We’ve played five times in two years, and we’re going to play again. There’s a love-hate relationship there, but a lot of respect, too.”

There were swings both ways early on Saturday. The Warriors, the only unbeaten team in Region XI play at 2-0, scored the first seven points before IWCC surged ahead by seven not long after.

The Reivers (20-1, 1-1) grabbed their largest lead at 21-14 when Tavian Pomlee drained a 3-pointer with 9:45 left in the first half. They still led 29-24 four minutes before the break.

Then Indian Hills started its run with a drive to the basket by Ronald Ross. He scored off a steal seconds later as the Warriors reeled off eight consecutive points.

Frank Williams then buried back-to-back 3s to put Indian Hills up 39-31. Devin Brooks hit a 3 at the buzzer for Iowa Western, but the momentum in the game had already changed.

The Warriors scored the first two baskets after the intermission and began to pull away.

Iowa Western shot only 28 percent from the field (12 of 43) in the second half and was 4 of 29 from 3-point range in the game.

“I thought the game plan was good, and we did a good job of breaking their press,” Iowa Western coach Jim Morris said. “They’re hard to shoot over and they’re hard to drive on because they’re so big. But we have to shoot the basketball better than that. We just do.”

Indian Hills, which has four starters headed to NCAA Division I schools already, held a decided advantage inside. Marquette recruit Jameel McKay had 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The Warriors, who finished with 18 offensive boards, won the rebounding battle 57-44.

“That’s what we do,” McKay said. “We make a really big emphasis on crashing the boards hard as a team. When we do it, it’s not surprising.”

Iowa Western (20-1, 1-1) ................. 34 30—64

At Indian Hills (19-2, 2-0) ................. 39 40—79

IW: Brooks 7-23 1-2 16, Walker 5-15 1-2 12, Pomlee 5-11 3-4 14, Coleman 0-4 3-4 3, Haughton 1-2 0-2 2, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Bowie 2-11 0-0 5, Schmid 0-0 0-0 0, Hudson 5-6 2-2 12. Totals 25-72 10-16 64.

IH: McKay 9-14 3-8 21, Armardi 2-5 1-2 5, Ross 7-19 2-3 18, Kendrick 7-10 2-6 17, Hogue 2-5 4-6 8, G. Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Moss 0-0 0-0 0, F. Williams 3-8 0-0 8, Deng 0-2 0-0 0, Ndiaye 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 31-68 12-25 79.

3-point goals: IW 4-29 (Brooks 1-6, Walker 1-7, Pomlee 1-6, Coleman 0-3, Bowie 1-7), IH Ross 2-9, Kendrick 1-1, F. Williams 2-5). Rebounds: IW 44 (Brooks 9), IH 57 (McKay 11). Assists: IW 11 (Brooks 4), IH 15 (Ross 5). Turnovers: IW 19, IH 17. Total fouls: IW 24, IH 13. Fouled out: Coleman.

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