The Chariton Varsity boys basketball team played their first game since Dec. 11 when they took on Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont at Eddyville this past Tuesday night, Jan. 5.

The Charger boys played hard but struggled to keep up with the Rockets in a 90-33 loss. EBF jumped out to a 16-point lead after one period and led by 20 at halftime. Chariton struggled in the second half offensively scoring just seven points while the Rockets scored 44.

Chariton struggled from the field offensively and had too many turnovers. But they had seven steals defensively.

Mason Smith shot a blistering 6-11 from three-point range to finish with a team-high 20 points, to go along with two rebounds and two assists.

“It was great to get our team back on the court tonight. I saw some good things throughout the game, but their pace on offense put a lot of pressure on our defense. We also struggled to keep them off the offensive glass. Our defense forced missed shots, but then we didn’t finish the possession by securing the rebound. We have two days to work before we get back at it Friday on Bloomfield,” Chariton Head Coach Brett Spiker said.

Alex Bates had five points and three steals. Aidan Mundt had four points, two rebounds and two steals. Ian Goben had two points, two rebounds and two assists. Ryder McGee had two points and two rebounds.

Blane Wallace had two rebounds, three assists and one steal. Max Aulwes had one rebound and one steal. Devon Brown and Josh Desmond each had one rebound. Quenten Curtis had one rebound and one assist.

EBF got off to a good start and led 24-8 after one period. Chariton had a good second period offensively scoring 18 points and trailed 46-26 at halftime. In the third period the Chargers couldn’t find their mark offensively and they were outscored 24-7 to trail 70-33 after three periods. The Rockets held the Chargers scoreless in the fourth outscoring Chariton 20-0 to win.

For the game, Chariton shot 5-20, 25 percent, from inside the arc and 7-19, 37 percent, from three-point range. The Chargers shot 2-5, 40 percent, from the line.

Chariton pulled down 14 rebounds including 11 defensive boards. They also had 24 turnovers along with eight assists and seven steals. Chariton didn’t have any blocks and they committed 10 fouls.

Recommended for you