OSKLAOOSA — In the final regular season game for the Indians, they hosted the hot-handed Burlington Greyhounds. Good offense from both teams kept the game close early, but the visitors would run away with it in the second half, winning 76-46.
In the first quarter, Oskaloosa (2-18, 0-14 LHC) jumped out to an early lead thanks to a couple of threes from David Nelson and Carson Genskow, however the Greyhounds (9-10, 7-3 SEC) were able to answer those threes with one of their own each time.
With the score tied at 10, it looked as though the Oskaloosa offense was going to match Burlington’s, but quickly the visitors went on a 16-2 run to end the quarter, knocking down a total of four threes.
The visitors had success running their fast break offense and controlling the tempo of the quarter.
The second quarter saw some fight from the Indians, led by Keaton Flaherty they were able to win the quarter and go into the half down 36-25.
After the break, Burlington came out pounding the ball inside, looking for high percentage shots. On defense the visitors began running a full-court trap, which led to many Oskaloosa turnovers, giving the visitors a 21-point lead heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, the Oskaloosa offense was able to score more than they had in any other quarter but it was no match for the hot-shooting Greyhounds.
Burlington shot 68.2% from the field on the game, including 55.6% from three-point range. To go along with those high percentages, they had 14 steals and 23 assists.
Oskaloosa was led by Flaherty, who had 19 points, two assists and two steals. Genskow collected five assists on the game while Nelson ended with six points.
The Indians will now look to keep their season alive Monday, as they face off with Washington (14-5, 7-3 SEC) in the substate quarterfinal.