EDDYVILLE — There is always something about rivalry games. Something about playing in your opponents packed gym with a trophy on the line that can fuel your team. Oskaloosa didn’t need any extra energy or emotion for this one as they notched their second win of the season on Thursday as they defeated Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 66-53 to claim the Eddybylooska Trophy.
Oskaloosa’s energy and hunger was evident from the tip as they moved the ball well offensively and was forcing turnovers behind their press.
The Indians held a 16-10 lead after one quarter of play but the Rockets began to chip away at the deficit, cutting it to two midway through the second quarter.
Oskaloosa finished the half strong behind an 11-3 run to go ahead 32-22 at the break.
That run bled over into the third quarter, where Osky quickly used a 12-2 run to go up by 20. Keaton Flaherty found Carson Genskow in the corner for three, then Waylon Bolibaugh stole the ensuing inbound for a layup before Oskaloosa’s press forced another EBF turnover which turned into a no-look pass from Flaherty to Genskow for another corner three.
When EBF did get past the press, they were having a tough time finishing at the rim against the Indians but were able to draw a lot of fouls and get in the bonus in the third quarter.
Oskaloosa took a 56-38 lead to the fourth getting a couple of threes from Flaherty before cruising to the finish for their second win of the season.
The Indians won their first game of the season and were on a 16-game losing streak prior to the win. They average 38 points per game, a number they nearly surpassed at the half and nearly doubled for the game. Their 66 points was a season high.
Flaherty finished with a game-high 23 points while Bolibaugh was not far behind with 17 points.
EBF was led by Brooks Moore’s 15 points while Ethan Davis added 10 points and a handful of blocks. The Indians (2-16) are 14-1 against the Rockets since 2006. EBF’s last win in the series was in 2012. The Oskaloosa girls defeated EBF 58-56 earlier this season to complete the series sweep. It is the fifth time Osky has swept the series since 2006, EBF has never swept the series in that same timeframe.
The Rockets (10-11) finished the regular season with an offensive flourish on Friday, scoring over 20 points in every quarter of a road win over the Tigerhawks. Five different EBF players reached double figures in scoring, led by a game-high 20-point effort from Brooks Moore.