The Chariton Varsity boys basketball team kept showing improvement in a 64-38 loss at Davis County Friday night. After trailing by 20 at halftime, the CHS Varsity boys kept fighting and were outscored by just seven points sin the second half.

With the loss, Chariton moved to 0-5 overall and in the conference.

Mason Smith led Chariton with 13 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Ian Goben went 2-5 from three-point range and had 10 points to go along with three rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Quenten Curtis hit a three-pointer and had five points, two rebounds and one steal. Ryder McGee had five points and one assist.

“I was happy with a lot of things we did tonight, particularly in the second half. Our energy was there throughout the night, but there was a big uptick in both toughness and execution in the second half. Two key areas of focus continue to be rebounding and turnovers. We are capable of playing cleaner basketball and I’m confident as we continue to play together and mesh as a team that will translate to the court. Our rebounding just boils down to us going and getting the ball. We rebounded the ball much better in the second half than we did in the first half, so that was good progress to build on for next Tuesday against Clarke,” Chariton Head Coach Brett Spiker said.

The Chargers started out a little slow and trailed 18-7 after one period. Chariton hung in there and was outscored 19-8 in the second period and trailed 37-15 at halftime. Chariton played better defense in the second half and was outscored just 14-9 in the third to trail 51-24 after three periods. Chariton again played tough at both ends of the fourth and was outscored just 13-11 in the fourth period.

Josh Desmond had two points and two rebounds. Cutler Arnold had two points and two rebounds and Wyatt Chipp had two points and one rebound. Heston Irving had one point.

Blane Wallace had five rebounds. Alex Bates had three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Max Aulwes had one rebound.

For the game, Chariton shot 9-19, 47 percent, from inside the arc and 4-18, 22 percent, from three-point range. The Chargers shot 8-21, 38 percent, from the line. Chariton pulled down 22 rebounds including 15 defensive boards. Chariton had six assists and 18 turnovers, six steals and zero blocks. The Chargers committed 14 fouls.

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