Oskaloosa Boys Back To Their Winning Way

Oskaloosa's Cole Henry helped to lead the way for the Indians on Friday night against Pella Christian. (photo by Diane Crookham-Johnson)

Oskaloosa’s Cole Henry helped to lead the way for the Indians on Friday night against Pella Christian. (photo by Diane Crookham-Johnson)

Pella, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Indians were back to their winning ways on Friday night when they visited Pella Christian.

The Indians looked rusty after having not been on the court for nearly a week, in which they suffered their first loss of the season to Dubuque Wahlert on the road.

Oskaloosa Head Coach Ryan Parker said his team “didn’t play very well.” Parker and the team look for ways to stay driven, especially as they begin to play teams that were defeated easily the first time around.

Parker said that his team “sort of slept walked through what we normally do,” when they took the court against the Eagles.

“We just weren’t doing the things we’ve done in the past,” added Parker. “I wouldn’t say that we disrespected it, PC. I just don’t think, at times, we respected what they were capable of.”

Pella Christian drew to within 6 points of Oskaloosa during the contest, and the 3rd quarter belonged to the Eagles. Parker said the Indians responded to that pressure. He also said that the close game last week at Wahlert, in which the Indians also faced a run from their opponent in the 3rd quarter, “was good for us”.

In Pella, the Indians stormed back in the 4th quarter, ending the contest with the win 52-32 over the Pella Christian Eagles.

The Indians have struggled on the road “for some reason,” said Parker. “We’ve won on the road, and even a 27-point win at Pella is a good win, but I didn’t feel like we played well.”

“That’s one of the battles, trying to figure out how to play better on the road,” said Parker.

The Indians head to Grinnell on Tuesday to take on the Tigers, who sit at the bottom of the Little Hawkeye Conference. The Indians will once again face their issues of traveling on the road and playing a team for the second time that didn’t contest them the first time around.

“You look at Grinnell and say, boy, they haven’t won a game all year, and you think you can just show up and all of a sudden you get snake bit on the road,” said Parker of the struggle for the team.

Oskaloosa’s Cole Henry lead the Indians offensively with 20 points on the night while pulling down 7 rebounds.

The performance by Henry is a hallmark of the Indians this season, that when one or more struggle on a night, others step up and fill that gap.

“A lot of times, you have so many weapons that it’s the next-man-up approach. If someone is having an off night, hopefully, we are not going to have an off night, somebody steps up and does it,” said Parker of his team.

Senior Jared Kruse had 8 points for the Indians and had 10 rebounds. Sophomore Xavier Foster had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Senior Tanner DeKock had 7 points and 9 rebounds for the Indians. Junior Rian Yates plugged in 7 points while dishing up 4 assists.

For the Pella Christian Eagles, Juniors Jayden Huisman and Jake Pringle each had 11 points, with Huisman also pulling down 9 rebounds.

The Indians are on the road Tuesday night in Grinnell and will host Dallas Center-Grimes on Friday night.

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