Indian Hills Powers Past Mesa T-Birds, 80-66

Adonis Arms connects on three of his 15 points Friday night against Indian Hills. (Photo by Aaron Webster)
Adonis Arms connects on three of his 15 points Friday night against Indian Hills. (Photo by Aaron Webster)

Mesa, AZ - The magic of the long ball for the Mesa Thunderbirds just wasn't there tonight as they were defeated by the Indian Hills Warriors, 80-66, in the semi-final round of the Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout.

Mesa did connect on nine three pointers but attempted 34 on the night, ending in a lot of missed shots, Indian Hills rebounds and points on the other end of the court.

In the first four minutes of the game, Mesa held a 10-2 advantage but the Warriors battled back, eventually taking the lead at the 11:30 point of the first half.  It was a lead that Indian Hills would never relinquish for the rest of the contest.

The T-Birds did get within one point twice in the second half, but the Warriors stormed away on an 8-0 run to spread the margin to 54-45.

Leading scorers for Mesa were Adonis Arms and Bryce Cheney, each scoring 15 points while Brent Kimbrel knocked in eight points.  

Mesa will now play in the 6 pm third place game on Saturday evening against the loser of the South Plains Texans and College of Southern Idaho game.

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