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Herald photo by Jim Gries/Oskaloosa senior guard Tyler Alexander lofts a shot towards the basket in the first half of the Indians’ 60-47 Little Hawkeye Conference triumph of Boone Tuesday night.

BOONE — Just prior to the start of the varsity game between Oskaloosa and Boone Tuesday night, the lights behind the backboard at the Indians’ end of the floor went out.

That didn’t deter the Indians from turning the lights out on the Toreadors as Oskaloosa began the Little Hawkeye Conference game by scoring the first 12 points en route to the 60-47 win.

The Indians (16-4 overall, 12-4 LHC) connected on five of their first six shots from the floor and never looked back.

“It worked out very well for us. It should have been out the whole time,” Oskaloosa coach Jeremy Chamberlin said. “Our first half was fairly good, holding them to single-digit quarters there. Boone is a good basketball team, splitting with Grinnell and has been playing well lately. Coming up here is always a trip and always a tough one. I’m pleased with our effort tonight.”

Not on this night though.

The Toreadors turned the ball over five times and missed a shot before Jon Frank got them on the scoreboard at the 4:18 mark that made it 12-2.

Oskaloosa got off to the quick lead behind the trio of Tyler Sash, Wiebe Goodyk and Tyler Alexander. Sash and Alexander both knocked down a 3-pointer as Goodyk had a pair of baskets with one coming on an offensive rebound. Sash added his fifth point of the run in the first 4 1/2 minutes and the Toreadors never recovered.

The Indians had some scoring woes of their own in the final minutes of the opening quarter as Joe Nielsen’s bucket with 2:33 left was the final points they would score in the period.

But Boone couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity as it scored four points the rest of the quarter with Frank getting the second field goal for the Toreadors.

Oskaloosa increased the lead to 20-7 in the second on two baskets by Steven Staggs and one from Matt Bowie. Frank garnered his third field goal at the 5 minute mark and Logan Gonzales picked up the only other Boone bucket of the first half with 43 seconds left that made it 24-15.

Oskaloosa took a 25-15 lead into the locker room and kept the margin around 10 for much of the third quarter — until the Toreadors began to make a run at the Indians.

Trailing 31-21 early in the quarter, Boone mounted a charge that worried Chamberlin. Brandon Kew started the rally with a basket and Nick Anderson had a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 31-25 with 4:32 left. Frank had a free throw and a bucket to make it a 31-28 contest at the 3:26 mark.

Sash answered with two baskets to push the advantage to 35-28. Boone appeared to have the momentum on its side when Dustin Russell nailed a shot from the right corner with about five seconds left in the period.

But Sash has almost made a career of hitting a shot to close out the period and he did it again on this night. The senior heaved a desperation 3-point shot from beyond midcourt for a 38-30 lead going into the final quarter and putting a dagger in the Toreadors’ hopes for a comeback.

“That put us back up seven or eight. They were probably feeling pretty good going into that, putting a nice quarter together. The crowd was feeling it. They hit the bucket, exactly what a coach wants to do, to hit a shot with a few seconds left. We got the ball in, one dribble, let it go and knocked it down. You could hear a pin drop when that (shot) hit.” Chamberlin said.

Oskaloosa regained control of the game in the fourth quarter as Boone couldn’t get any closer than five.

The Indians could’ve had a bigger lead if not for a sub-par performance from the charity stripe, which wasn’t kind to them.

Oskaloosa converted just eight of 20 attempts from the foul line in the final eight minutes, but made enough to keep Boone at bay.

Oskaloosa closes out the regular season on the road Thursday at Albia for a non-conference game.

Oskaloosa 60, Boone 47

Oskaloosa 14 11 13 22 — 60

Boone 6 9 15 17 — 47

OSKALOOSA (60) — Brent Ford 1 0-0 2, Steven Staggs 4 2-2 10, Tyler Alexander 2 1-2 5, Tyler Sash 9 3-13 23, Wiebe Goodyk 4 3-4 11, Joe Nielsen 1 0-2 2, Matt Bowie 2 0-0 4, Preston Sereg 1 0-0 2, Nick Anderson 0 0-0 0. Totals 24-45 9-23 60.

3-point goals — 3 (Sash 2, Alexander). Total fouls — 16. Turnovers — 14.

BOONE (47) — Jon Frank 4 2-4 10, Logan Gonzales 3 2-4 8, Brandon Kew 3 2-5 8, Bryant Knox 2 3-4 7, Nick Anderson 2 1-2 5, Dustin Russell 1 1-2 3, Dylan Stormer 2 0-0 4, Scott McCambridge 1 0-0 2. totals 18-39 11-17 47.

Fouled out — Frank. Total fouls — 23. Turnovers — 17.


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