Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont had no answer to the height of the Oskaloosa basketball team Tuesday night.
The tallest player in the starting lineup for the Rockets was 6-foot-3 Jevin Jensen while the Indians counter with 6-5 Ryan Reiter and Dalton Bunnell.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont did keep pace with Oskaloosa on the backboards, but the Indians had numerous baskets from very close to the basket as they took the Eddybylooska Traveling Turtle Trophy 69-56.
"You look at the shot chart and you just see all of their shots were from point-blank range," Rockets coach Travis Stout said. "A lot of those we bought on ourselves because we didn't do a good job of boxing them out.
"We did not do a good job of keeping them off the glass for second-chance points."
It was the first win in five games for the Indians.
Reiter burned the Rockets for a game-high 30 points and pulled down 18 rebounds as Bunnell had two points that came in the first quarter.
"We needed a win just for our spirits going into the Christmas break," Oskaloosa coach Zach Tremmel said. "We knew we had the size on them. We got the ball where it needed to go."
Jensen provided the offensive spark for the Rockets in the first quarter as he scored the first four points of the period. He then added a 3-pointer with 1:24 left for a 19-10 lead and scored on a driving layup late in the quarter for a 21-15 advantage at the quarter break.
Jensen, who finished with a team-high 23 points, added three consecutive baskets for a 28-23 edge.
Reiter got Oskaloosa back in the game on two straight offensive rebound buckets to trim the deficit to one. He added a conventional three-point play to tie the game at 32 with 1:42 left in the half and another offensive putback gave Oskaloosa its first lead since early in the game at 34-33 with 1:06 left.
A basket by Jordan Hawk on a scoop shot put the Rockets in front at 35-34 at halftime.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont held a 44-39 lead with 5:30 left in the third quarter after Trevor Swartz nailed a 3-pointer.
Unfortunately for the Rockets, that would be their final points of the period They misfired on their last nine shots from the floor in the quarter.
Meanwhile, Oskaloosa had the final 11 points of the quarter to lead 50-44 heading to the final quarter.
Reiter and Ryder Curtis sparked the third-quarter rally for the Indians. Curtis had a basket and a free throw while Reiter hit a two-point shot and tacked on a deep 3-pointer in the final minute for that 6-point cushion. Nick Waters also had a 3-ball in the quarter to help the team get control of the game.
"We came out and responded in the second half. The second half didn't start out like the way we wanted as our point guard (Max Johnson) picked up to fouls. We made some defensive adjustments and it was a total team effort to get the victory.
"Our defense in the second half was the difference in the game."
Reiter opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer then added another 3-point bucket at the 6:05 mark for a 56-49 lead.
After that, Oskaloosa, which had been having problems converting free throws this season, made nine foul shots to keep the Rockets at bay.
"For the most part, we made our free throws compared to Knoxville where we let one get away," Tremmel said. "I told them coming in 'This is yours to win. Go out and get it'. We finished it tonight."
Oskaloosa gets back to action after the Christmas break on Jan. 3 at Albia while Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont entertains Centerville on Thursday.