Pella Christian held a slim 17-15 lead at the end of the first quarter over the Oskaloosa Indians Friday night in Oskaloosa.
The Little Hawkeye Conference affair was shaping up to be a shootout as most games in the league have become this year.
However, Oskaloosa’s defensive intensity proved to be too much for the PC Eagles to handle.
The final three quarters belonged to the Indians.
Xavier Foster and friends literally took over the game and the Eagles proved to be innocent bystanders on this particular night.
The Indians widened the lead to 37-24 at halftime and to 55-34 at the end of three.
For the most part this was a 20-point game most of the night.
PC did cut into the deficit in the fourth to make the final 61-46 in favor of Oskaloosa.
The Indians improved to 7-12 overall and 2-11 in the Little Hawkeye race while the Eagles fell to 10-10 to conclude the regular season and finish 5-9 in the LHC.
Foster, the 7’0” center who will play at Iowa State University next year, was in control at both ends of the court.
Foster had 30 points, seven of them coming on slam dunks. He had 14 rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots.
There wasn’t much need for anyone else to contribute offensively, but Noah Van Veldhuizen was next with eight ponts and David Nelson had seven.
The Indians were 27-of-56 from the floor for 48 percent shooting. The Eagles countered going 17-of-50 from the field for 34 percent.
PC had 17 points from Jack Vermeer and 12 by Dan Jungling.
Josh Van Gorp had si points and 10 boards for the Eagles. Ryan Vande Haar didn’t score but he led the team with three assists.
Odds and Ends
The Indians were fired up for Senior Night and also with the return of their head coach to the sideline. It reportedly was Coach Parker’s second game back following surgery.
PC will open 2A District play Thursday at Des Moines Christian starting at 6:30 p.m. PC will face the winner of West Marshall and Roland-Story.