Cold Shooting Dooms Osky Boys
by Matt Saville
The Osky boys were looking to bounce back after a tough loss to Knoxville earlier in the week, but just like the weather outside things were cold for Osky. They struggled after the opening quarter Friday night against Pella Christian, as they fell to the Eagles 77-46.
The game started off well for Osky as they came out with great urgency on both sides of the ball. Junior Nate Van Veldhuizen drove to the basket and finished with the hoop and free throw for a quick 3-0 lead. After a Pella Christian layup, Caden Carter hit a 3 pt. basket and Osky was in front 6-2. Pella Christian was set on getting the ball inside. They worked the ball around until they found the openings and took advantage for several baskets from 8 ft. in. Ryan Reiter hit a 3 pt. basket and Spencer Medlin had a put back basket. A great feed by Van Veldhuizen to Reiter ended the quarter with Pella Christian up 18- 15.
Osky came out in the second quarter and couldn’t find the bottom of the basket, as they went as cold as the weather outside. Meanwhile, Pella Christian kept hitting from the inside at will. Pella Christian started off on a 6-0 run to widen the lead. Jordan Silvers hit a short jumper to stop the bleeding, but Pella Christian went on another run with Osky continuing to struggle from the field. Reiter tried to get things on back on track with another basket, but Pella Christian went into the locker room with a 12 point lead.
The Indians came out in the third quarter and it was more of the same as Oskys cold shooting, combined with Pella Christian getting easy baskets inside, made for a bad second half. Osky watched as the game quickly slipped away. Osky tried to keep the game within reach with baskets by Medlin and Reiter, but it was too little too late as Pella Christian ran away with the Little Hawkeye Conference win 77-46.
Osky Coach Zach Tremmel said that he was pleased with the team cutting the turnovers down to only 10 tonight, but when a team goes cold from the floor on offense, like ours did, they have to pick it up on defense and that didn’t happen. As a result, Pella Christian had too many easy baskets. Coach Tremmel said they have to now focus on this next week as Osky has three tough teams to deal with, starting with Centerville Monday night at home.
Osky was led by Ryan Reiter with 15pts. 8 rebounds, Jack Moore and Medlin with 7 pts. a piece, and Van Veldhuizen with 6 pts. 3 assist and 1 steal.