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Tigers will host Northeast tonight for right to play No. 1 Indian Hills
February 24, 2014 - Andy Heintz
The Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team will host Northeast in the opening round of the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division I Region XI Tournament on Monday night at the Student Activity Center.
That came without suspense as both teams were locked into the four and five seed for a while.
The suspense was in the next round, and who the Tigers would play if they advanced. NJCAA No. 1 Indian Hills (28-2, 7-1) had a chance to wrap up the ICCAC on Saturday when MCC came to town, and despite an 11-point halftime deficit, the Warriors rallied to win at the Hellyer Center.
That means the winner of MCC-Northeast’s “play-in game” will head to Ottumwa on Wednesday to face top-ranked Indian Hills. MCC comes into the postseason with a 16-13 record and its only two wins in the ICCAC came against Northeast. The Tigers defeated the Hawks 101-100 in double overtime back on Jan. 18 and then blasted them at the Student Activity Center 100-82 on Feb. 8.
Tiger freshman Mike Rodriguez averaged 24.5 points and 8.5 assists per game in the two meetings with Northeast, while sophomore Troidell Carter put in 20 points per game. Carter and Rodriguez both scored 33 points against Indian Hills on Saturday and Carter has averaged 26 points and 11.4 rebounds over his last five games.
The Hawks (14-16) went 0-8 in conference play this year. They are led by Khapri Alston’s 15.9 points, while Buay Tuach scores 12.8 per game.
Both Indian Hills and Southeastern went 7-1 in conference play this year but the Warriors earned the top seed due to the tiebreaker. The 12th ranked Blackhawks (24-6, 7-1) will host third-seeded and 23rd ranked Iowa Western (23-7, 4-4) in the other ICCAC semifinal.
The Reivers were forced to forfeit their final three games of the regular season after being suspended by the league for an in-game situation that lead to both team’s benches being cleared against Moberly earlier this season.
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