Fallout from Indian Hills, SCC melee continues
WEST BURLINGTON - Sanctions stemming from the post-game melee between the Southeastern and Indian Hills community college men’s basketball teams continued to be handed down a week after the game was played.
Nine players – four from SCC and five from Indian Hills – have served or are serving suspensions from the fight that followed the 104-99 double overtime thriller Feb. 16 at Loren Walker Arena. Indian Hills won the game and is ranked third in the country.
On Saturday, the NJCAA announced additional sanctions.
“The NJCAA has ruled on a violation of its organization’s bylaws by Indian Hills Community College,” NJCAA executive director Mary Ellen Leicht stated in an email to The Hawk Eye. “As a result, the NJCAA has placed its men’s basketball team on probation, which also results in a postseason ban this year. Indian Hills Community College is currently exercising their right of appeal as per NJCAA bylaws.”
The Warriors finished the regular season Saturday night, losing to Marshalltown, 88-78. The first round of the region playoffs was slated to begin today with a play-in game between the fourth and fifth seeds.
While Region XI commissioner Thom McDonald has not made a decision on the postseason schedule, “I would say that’s a pretty good conclusion,” today’s game would not be played, he said Saturday afternoon.
Blackhawk players Dontay Jackson, Tyrie Orosco, Debonair Edwards and Marlon Cort received two-game suspensions from McDonald. Each served the first game Wednesday in SCC’s season finale. They also will sit out the school’s first postseason game, whenever that game is played.
For Indian Hills, Richard Amardi, Dustin Hogue, Ronnie Stevens and Rawane Ndiaye sat out the Warriors’ final two regular-season games. Ronald Ross, who was arrested for assault as a result of the fight, was suspended for three games.
Indian Hills coach Barret Peery received a one-game suspension.
The Warriors finished the season 26-4, 7-1 in the region. Their first two losses came early in the season, and the team appeared to be rolling toward the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., before the events of the last week. Indian Hills lost by 20 Tuesday at Moberly, Mo., with their five suspended players on the bench. Marshalltown’s victory Saturday in Ottumwa was just the Tigers’ second win ever at the Hellyer Student Life Center.
Iowa Western is the region’s No. 2 team. The Reivers are 28-2, 6-2 and ranked fifth nationally. Their only two losses came to Indian Hills.
The Blackhawks sit in third at 3-5 in the region, 21-9 overall.
SCC finished its season with a 79-77 win at Mineral Area, Mo., playing just six players.
McDonald would not speculate about when the region’s postseason tournament would be played, only that there is a date by which it needs to be played.
“We have to have our district game (at the North Dakota champion) by March 7,” he said. “We’ll work backward from there.”