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MCC men to play short-handed Indian Hills on Saturday
February 22, 2013 - Troy Hyde
Thanks to a wild and crazy brawl between NJCAA No. 3 Indian Hills and Southeastern last weekend, the Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team has a much better chance to pull off an upset against the Warriors in Ottumwa on Saturday night.
Five players from Indian Hills and four from SCC were suspended after a big-time fight broke out on the court – and eventually in the hallway – after the Warriors’ double-overtime game over the weekend. The five suspended players will not play against the Tiger when MCC heads to Ottumwa on Saturday night. Those players are Richard Amardi, Dustin Hogue, Ronnie Stevens, Rawane Ndiaye and Ronald Ross.
Armardi, Hogue, Stevens and Ndiaye all received a two-game suspension, while Ross was handed three games and was arrested after punching SCC’s Billy Carroll and sending him to the hospital with a laceration to his lip. Carroll is the son of Blackhawks head coach Terry Carroll.
Indian Hills coach Barret Peery also missed one game for his involvement in the fight. Peery was injured and needed stitches but did not travel with the team to Missouri when the Warriors faced Moberly.
MCC (21-8) always has a tough time winning at Indian Hills but with these five players – particularly three of those five players – not able to play, the Tigers have as good a shot as any to upset the No. 3 ranked team in the nation.
Ross is averaging 14.8 points per game, while Hogue also is averaging double-figures at 12.6. Armadi is scoring 8.4 points and grabbing 5.2 rebounds. Hogue had 23 points in the win over SCC.
Three other Warriors that will be on the court – Jameel McKay (17.8), Jelan Kendrick (12.6) and Frank Williams (11.7) -- are also averaging double-figures so the game will still be a tough one.
The four players suspended for SCC included Dontay Jackson, Marlon Cort, Tyrie Orosco and Debonair Edwards. They all will miss two games, including the first game of the Region XI Tournament in Ottumwa.
There is a chance the Blackhawks (21-9) and Warriors (26-3) could meet again in the region championship game on March 2 in Ottumwa.
Thanks to Burlington Hawk Eye Sports Writer Susan Denk for information on this fight.
You can follow me on Twitter @THydeTR. And you can follow Susan on Twitter @SusanDenk.
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