Oskaloosa Boys Stroll to Big Win to Start Playoffs

The Oskaloosa Boys’ Basketball team began their trek to Wells Fargo Arena and the State Boys’ Basketball Tournament Monday night and dominated in a blowout win over Saydel, 84-46.

The Indians came into the game as a heavy favorite against the now 3-19 Eagles and really put it on in the first quarter. Osky’s fast pace and size allowed several dunks to be served up by the trio of Cole Henry, Xavier Foster, and Jarad Kruse.

Rian Yates would nail some threes and Spencer Tucker would score a couple of layups to help push the Oskaloosa lead to running clock territory before the half. By the time the teams went to the locker room, Osky had a huge 58-21 advantage.

The Indians coasted to the finish line, picking up the win, 84-46.

Cole Henry paced the Indians with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Jarad Kruse finished with 15 points while Yates chipped in 14 off the bench. Xavier Foster had 11 and Spencer Tucker had 10 points and 4 steals.

Oskaloosa is now 19-3 on the season with the victory and now look ahead to Bondurant-Farrar for Thursday’s Substate 6 Semifinal at home. The Bluejays defeated Knoxville in the Oskaloosa Gymnasium Monday night, 67-56. Bondurant-Farrar will enter that contest with a record of 12-10.

On the opposite side of the Substate 6 bracket, Pella beat Chariton, 68-51, and Carlisle eliminated Centerville, 83-75. Those two teams will play on Thursday in Carlisle to determine the other finalist in Substate 6. The winner of the Substate 6 bracket will advance to the State Boys’ Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

You can hear the Oskaloosa vs. Bondurant-Farrar game on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app. You can view replays of the substate games 24 hours after they happen by going to radiokmzn.com.


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