Luke Sarver followed up his second quarter steal and two rebounds with a 3-pointer for a 26-17 Albia lead.
“We all have certain things we need to do coming off the bench,” said Luke. “I was glad to hit the 3, but my job is to play defense.”
After doubling up the Indians in the second quarter, 16-8, Albia used an 18-8 third to put the game out of reach.
Tanner Wynn broke the game open with consecutive baskets to open the third, opening with a two and then his 3-pointer put Albia up 35-17 just two minutes after the break.
“That was big,” said Tremmel. “We hoped that we could cut the 11-point lead under double figures, but those scores changed everything.”
Wynn, who would join Baker in double figures with 12, talked about the shots.
“We are really suited for the offense that we play,” Wynn said. “Our quickness lets us drive and kick it out. Coach tells us that if you’re open you need to let it go.”
Reiter’s two scores led the Indians in the third, but Baker would add six and the triumvirate of the Sarvers and Bayer contributed three steals, two rebounds, and five points as the Blue Demons led 46-25 after three.
The fourth quarter started with two quick baskets by Wynn before exiting the game with Albia up 52-28. Spencer Medlin’s 10 final-quarter points for Osky cut into the lead, but the outcome had been determined much earlier. Reserves from both sides closed out the 55-38 final.
“I think our scoring is going OK,” said Archer. “We know that Matt (Baker) will be a big part of our offense, but we have had different guys step up in different games. That will be big as we go forward.”
Oskaloosa (1-5) hosts Grinnell in Little Hawkeye Conference play tonight. Albia (7-1) hosts Davis County tonight in South Central Conference action.