COUNCIL BLUFFS — Iowa Western won a game that never reached its end.
But both it and Moberly Area may eventually be the losers in the long run.
Suspensions are likely on the horizon after players from both benches raced on to the court Tuesday following an altercation away from the game action moments after a foul with 11.6 seconds remaining.
There was plenty of shoving. It appeared no punches were thrown.
Officials halted the game at that point after a brief discussion, giving the No. 18 Reivers (23-5) a 95-92 victory over the Greyhounds (21-6) at Kanesville Arena. The conferences of both teams and the NJCAA are expected to review the film of Tuesday’s game, with punishments likely to follow both ways.
Iowa Western and Moberly may both be shorthanded in big league games this weekend.
“It’s a shame because it was a really good basketball game,” IWCC coach Jim Morris said. “I don’t think we started the thing, but we were dumb enough to try to finish it. And it’ll cost us.”
Morris and Moberly coach Pat Smith both said they didn’t know what happened in front of the Greyhound bench in the final seconds. They ended up on the floor, having to pull their teams apart.
Moberly rallied from 14 points down to get within one in the final minute. Iowa Western’s Dinjiyl Walker then capped a 30-point performance by knocking down a tough 19-foot jumper to extend his team’s lead back to three with 32 seconds remaining.
Evan Singletary missed on a drive and then on a follow-up attempt from inside the lane for Moberly on the ensuing possession. IWCC’s Ryan Bowie was fouled by Jaysean Paige after grabbing a defensive rebound following a scramble for the ball along the baseline.
Away from the play, Reiver guard Deshawn Munson and one of three Greyhounds in a group appeared to bump chests. After that, players from both benches spilled onto the court.
“It’s totally stupid,” Morris said. “We’ve been through that 100 times. They know better.”
Morris said the officials told the coaches that anyone who left the bench would automatically be suspended for the next game, which would potentially leave Iowa Western with only five players for Saturday’s game with No. 1 Indian Hills after a ruling from its league commissioner and the NJCAA.
Moberly Area (21-6) ........... 49 43—92
At Iowa Western (23-5) ..... 55 40—95
MA: Evan Singletary 22, Jaysean Paige 26, Malcolm Hamilton 19, Jermaine Morgan 11, Romond Jenkins 12, Matt Kelly 3.
IW: Shaqueille Calhoun 14, Deshawn Munson 7, Darien Williams 17, Josiah Coleman 6, Ty Haughton 4, Rob Robinson 6, Ryan Bowie 4, Dinjiyl Walker 30, JR Hollis 4.
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Moberly Area 70, IWCC women 62
COUNCIL BLUFFS — Alexis Newbolt scored 24 of her 29 points in the second half as Moberly Area earned its second win over Iowa Western this season Tuesday at Kanesvile Arena.
The sophomore point guard hit her first four shots in the second half as the Greyhounds extended a 14-point halftime lead to a 19-point advantage with 14:23 remaining.
The Reivers, who played the final 27 minutes without leading scorer Abigail Asoro after she injured a knee in the first half, rallied to within seven twice but could get no closer.
“I’m really happy with the way we fought back,” IWCC coach Jim Turgeon said. “We didn’t have very much energy to start the game, we were playing horrible and then Abigail gets hurt. Everything was going against us, and the team rallied together in the second half.”
Blair Harding led the Reivers with 17 points while Jayla Hobza and Jasmine Trimboli each finished with 15. Iowa Western had only two field goals — one of which was a deflected pass off a Moberly player’s hand that went in — in the first 10 minutes while falling behind 19-4.
Moberly Area (20-4) .......... 31 39—70
At Iowa Western (21-4) .... 17 45—62
MA: Alexis Newbolt 29, Kendra Gladbach 12, Alira Mihocic 2, Hali Ford 4, Alexis Robinson 6, Kre’Ana Henry 9, Keri Kleist 8.
IW: Abigail Asoro 4, Simone Gillum 4, Jasmine Trimboli 15, Fanni Csutoras 7, Blair Harding 17, Jayla Hobza 15.