After facing the Viola Longhorns and their big post man Dustin Jones the first week of the 2002 season, the Icc Cougars returned home Oct. 29 to find the Cave City Cavemen awaiting with an equally imposing presence in the middle, senior D.J. McFarlin.
The Cavemen used this size advantage and a quick start to hand the Cougars a 67-50 defeat.
Brandon Dillinger paced Cave City with 21 points, most from outside the arc, while D.J. McFarlin got most of his 19 inside the painted area.
A 3-pointer from Jonathan "Bo" Qualls ended the first period with the Cavemen on top 18-8.
The Cave City lead grew to 32-20 at the half as McFarlin was responsible for all but two of the Cavemen's 14 points in the second period.
The Cougars cut the Caveman lead to 32-25 early in the third as ICC big man Jason Sherrell (team high 14 points) posted the first five points of the period.
A trio of 3-pointers by Qualls off the Cave City bench pushed the Caveman lead to 43-27 midway into the third.
A long 3-pointer from Cougar Allen Roberts at the end of the third period narrowed the gap to 49-38, Cave City.
After a jumper in the lane by Robert Stephens (13 points, 12 rebounds) pulled ICC within nine, at 49-40, just inside the last period, Dillinger went to work for the Cavemen.
Dillinger popped four 3-pointers in the last period to keep ICC from getting any closer in the 67-50 Cave City victory.
In girls' action earlier in the evening, the Cavewomen used a game high 19 points from Brookly Landers to cruise to a 64-27 win over the Lady Cougars.
Cave City's trademark pressure defense and outside shooting was on display in a first half that saw the Cavewomen up 32-18 at the break.
Sarah Fugett's eight third period points pushed the Cave City lead to 49-25 after three.
The Cave City defense held ICC to just two points in the last period to finish the 64-27 victory for the Cavewomen.
Sarah Fugett added 14 points for Cave City.
Mandy Haney paced the Lady Cougars with 10 points.