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Centerville comes up short against Chariton

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville Big Reds closed their deficit to as little as four points twice in the fourth quarter. However, Chariton made several key free throws and field goals late as they claimed a 75-59 South Central Conference win.

Chariton started an 11-2 run in the first three minutes and 15 seconds of Friday’s game. A timeout by Centerville didn’t stop Chariton’s scoring spree. They would score 16 more points in the last 4:45 of the quarter to take a 27-15 lead after the first eight minutes of play.

Chariton would outscore Centerville 17-14 in the second quarter to expand their advantage to a 43-29 lead after the first half of the conference matchup.

Chariton started the first half of the third quarter on a 6-2 run. Centerville, however, would begin to reverse the tide in the latter part of the third quarter, charging back with a 12-6 run to cut Chariton’s lead down to just 10 points going in to the final quarter of regulation.

The Big Reds would continue their charge in the fourth quarter. A two point bucket from Centerville’s Jared Armington with 5:29 left in the game made the score 61-57, causing Chariton to take a timeout with their lead diminishing from 10 points to four points.

Out of the timeout, Chariton’s TJ Hockenson would hit a two point shot to grow Chariton’s lead back to six points. Thirty seconds later, Centerville’s Michael Starcevich would hit a two point shot to bring the margin back down to four points.

From there, Chariton regained their defensive grip and would hold Centerville scoreless for the final 4:39 of the game. Chariton’s offense would add 12 points over that period. Chariton made six-of-eight from the line in the closing minute to further expand their lead, giving the Chargers the 75-59 win.

Chariton shot 21-35 from two point range on the night. They added in six three-point shots from the nine attempts they beyond the arc.

“Chariton came out shooting very well and we had a tough time defending both the perimeter and in the post,” Centerville head coach Matt Kruzich said. “We had some bright moments and cut into their lead at times. We just had a tough time being consistent on both ends of the floor.”

Chariton’s Daric Laing led the game in scoring with 29 points. Lang scored 22 points alone in the first half. Hockenson added another 24 points, with 10 rebounds, to pick up a double-double for Chariton.

For Centerville, Michael Starcevich led scoring with 20 points. Also adding double digit scoring totals for the Big Reds were Garrett Faris with 14 points and Jared Armington with 12.

Centerville falls to 3-4 on the year. They will be in action again on Tuesday as they host Mt. Pleasant.

Chariton (75)
Ben Morrett 1-2 1-2 3, Daric Laing 11-17 3-4 29, Christian Bengston 3-4 0-0 8, Willie Felderman 3-6 3-5 9, TJ Hockenson 9-13 8-12 26, Brett Braide 0-0 0-0 0, Quinn Storm 0-0 0-0 0, Joey Krutsinger 0-1 0-0 0, Alex Reynolds 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-43 15-23 75.
Centerville (59)
Kolton Gonnerman 1-11 0-0 3, Michael Starcevich 8-19 0-0 20, Garrett Faris 6-9 1-2 14, Jared Armington 5-7 2-7 12, Brett Kauzlarich 3-4 0-1 7, Garrett McGrann 0-1 0-0 0, Tate Felton 1-2 1-3 3. Totals 24-53 4-13 59.
Chariton 27 16 12 20—75
Centerville 15 14 16 14—59
3-Point Goals — Chariton 6-8 (Laing 4-5, Bengston 2-3), Centerville 7-21 (Gonnerman 1-4, Starcevich 4-12, Faris 1-3, Kauzlarich 1-1). Fouled-Out — Gonnerman. Rebounds — Chariton 28 (Hockenson 10), Centerville 22 (Starcevich 7). Assists — Chariton 20 (Bengston 6), Centerville 24 (Gonnerman 5, Starcevich 5). Total Fouls — Chariton 18, Centerville 25.

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