Aidan Scholes

Oskaloosa's Aidan Scholes (22) had 12 points against Pella Christian on Friday

OSKALOOSA — It’s that part of the season where conference teams get a second look at opponents they saw earlier in the year as Oskaloosa hosted Pella Christian on Friday for what was the second meeting between the Little Hawkeye Conference foes this season. The Eagles flew out to a quick start and were able to hold onto their double digit advantage on their way to a 54-37 win over the Indians.

“It felt like we moved the ball really well,” Pella Christian head coach JD Boer said. “Tonight it was different guys than it has been, and that's what I love about this team. Osky may have only won one game all season but you wouldn't know it. That was a tough, physical game and Osky played great defense and made it a challenge for our guys.”

Osky has had several games where they have jumped out to leads early, especially at home, but it was the visitors from Pella Christian that enjoyed a quick start. Oskaloosa center Gus Bunnell got into foul trouble with two fouls in the first two minutes while PC’s Lincoln Vander Molen and Aiden Stoltz both drained a pair of threes to help the Eagles grab a 16-5 lead after the first quarter.

Max Roach was able to get some Osky momentum with a couple of threes in the second quarter but the Indians couldn’t get baskets around the rim against the PC defense. Meanwhile, the Eagles moved the ball well around Osky’s zone with 14 assists on 18 made baskets on the night as they pushed their lead to 31-15 at the half.

Every Oskaloosa push to get the deficit under 10 was answered with a Pella Christian basket in an even second half as the Eagles only outscored the Indians 23-22 over the final 16 minutes but their early work in the first half was enough to get the double digit win.

Oskaloosa was able to force 17 PC turnovers but the Eagles would shoot well overall in the game going 40.9% from the field, 9-of-20 from three and 9-of-10 from the free throw line.

Oskaloosa was led by Aidan Scholes’ 12 points while Waylon Bolibaugh also scored in double figures with 11 points.

Vander Molen led PC with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three with four rebounds while Stoltz finished with nine points, two rebounds and two assists after going 3-of-5 from three-point range. Isaiah Breems added 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists off the bench.

“In some ways their shooting bailed us out a little bit,” Boer said of Vander Molen and Stoltz. “Sometimes we didn't run great offense, but we just knocked down the shot. Those two seniors have had times where they've struggled to find their shot early. But for them to stay consistent in their approach and what they do, and to see them really make it happen out there tonight, was great.”

For Pella Christian, Friday wrapped up a stretch of five straight road games where the Eagles went 4-1 with their lone bump being a three-point loss to conference-leading Indianola.

“I love road games,” Boer said. “There was a great crowd that showed up tonight but it'll be good to get back home. It’s been great to see the team really find their stride here on the road recently.”

Oskaloosa (1-12, 0-8 LHC) will host No. 5 (4A) Indianola (13-1, 8-0 LHC) on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. while Pella Christian (9-4, 5-3 LHC) returns home to host Des Moines Christian (10-5) on Monday at 7:45 p.m.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at cpeters@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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