OSKALOOSA—The defending Class 3A champion Oskaloosa boys defeated the Fairfield Trojans 67-45 Tuesday night at Fairfield High School.
Xavier Foster scored 28 points, including five 3-pointers to pace the Indians' offensive attack.
The Trojans kept it close in the first quarter with some stingy defense and early Osky turnovers, trailing only 12-10 after the first quarter.
The Indians then pulled away in the second quarter, leading 34-18 by halftime, which ended on a forty foot three-pointer from Fairfield's Landon Kooiker at the second quarter buzzer.
The Indians held onto a double-digit lead throughout the second half. They led 55-38 before eventually running away with a 22-point margin of victory.
Foster's 28 points led Oskaloosa, who also added 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Noah Van Veldhuizen added 11 points and Keaton Flaherty scored nine. Iszac Schultz scored six, David Nelson had five and Colton Butler had four. William Schultz and Charlie North contributed two points each.
Foster was a big presence on the defensive end as well, where he blocked five shots and had five steals. Flaherty also had three steals.
Elan Ledger led Fairfield with 11 points, while Kooiker had nine. Drew Martin, Carter Ferrel and Maxwell Weaton scored six points each. Nathan Whitney had five points, while Tate Allen scored three.
After the game Foster reflected on his team's first game.
"It felt great for us to get back into this game atmosphere with the fans and the crowd really getting into the game. It's been a long off-season and I didn't get as much playing time because of my surgery. Having the chance to get out and run the floor felt great. We had a lot of fun out there tonight."
The Indians host Grinnell for their home-opener Friday night.
Herald sports writer Richard Rindt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter @osky_sports