FEB 21, 2019
By: DANA BECKER, The Messenger Sports Reporter
Dallas Bailey didn't have a lot of options coming out of high school in Denver after suffering an injury.
But Bailey caught the eye of the Iowa Central men's coaching staff and the two quickly became a powerful pair.
The Tritons honored Bailey along with the rest of the sophomore class here Thursday night inside Hodges Fieldhouse with an 80-68 victory.
Bailey, who has signed to continue his career at Emporia State in the fall, has been a two-year starter for the Tritons. He has improved his scoring, rebounding and shooting this year to help replace the loss of Tray Croft.
"These last two years have probably been the best years of my life because (Iowa Central's) coaches believed in me out of high school when no one did," Bailey said. "Also, I got to meet such great people. I feel like Coach (Chad) Helle and Coach (Dennis) Pilcher have pushed me to become the player I am today."
Webb knocked down 12 field goals on the night, helping Iowa Central overcome a 36-33 halftime deficit.
"Playing here at Iowa Central the last two years has meant everything to me," Webb said. "Being here and playing for two coaches like Pilcher and Helle have helped me grow in ways I couldn't imagine. They have helped me become a better basketball player, as well as a better young man. They held me accountable and pushed me day in and day out to be the best version of myself not only for my benefit, but for the benefit of the team.
"These last two years I have grown a lot and I have them two and this school to thank because of that."
The Tritons return to action on Saturday when they face off against Ellsworth in Iowa Falls. They conclude the regular season on Saturday, March 2 at Des Moines Area.
IOWA CENTRAL 80, LITTLE PRIEST TRIBAL 68
Little Priest Tribal — Donte Innocent 4, Tyrese Brown 11, reynald Laurent 9, Earl Gresham 11, DaKwaunte Fields 25, LeAnte Mitchell 3, Jayden Sheridan 5.