Oskaloosa’s boys’ basketball team won its season opener last night (11/27), 42-40 over Fairfield in Oskaloosa. The Indians trailed much of the game until Rian Yates hit a three at the third quarter buzzer to tie the score at 31. It took a basket in the last minute by Xavier Foster to put the Indians ahead to stay. Foster had 7 of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. “I made my first shot and I got into a rhythm…and everything just went uphill from there.”
Oskaloosa Coach Ryan Parker talked about the game. “We’ve got a lot of things to work on, but in the end this might have been the perfect storm for us because things weren’t easy. Sometimes things are easy in practice. We’ve got to continue to get better.” Rian Yates, Xavier Foster and Cole Henry had 11 points apiece for Oskaloosa. The Indians open their Little Hawkeye Conference schedule Friday night at Grinnell.
On the girls’ side last night (11/27), Fairfield beat Oskaloosa 60-39. The Indians jumped off to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter, but Fairfield began forcing turnovers and took control of the game. Kaylee Johnson had 8 points for Oskaloosa. The 0-2 Indians play at Grinnell Friday night.