The Mustang boys’ basketball team improved to 3-3 in South Central Conference play following a 61-42 win over Chariton on Jan. 7. Davis County moved into fourth place in the conference standings with the win while Chariton remains winless on the season at 0-9 and 0-5 in conference play.

The Mustangs were led by leading scorer Dalton Reeves who produced a season high scoring effort with 34 points. Caedyn Glosser added 11 from his point guard position.

Reeves and Glosser got the Mustangs going early with aggressive play in the paint and scoring off rebounds. Reeves also did the job at the free-throw line as Davis County jumped out to a 9-1 lead to start the game.

Defensively, Davis County played a solid game despite not getting very many steals. Davis County did pull down 16 defensive rebounds, which led to points on the other end of the court.

The Mustangs committed to getting the ball inside and playing aggressively in the paint. That was helped by Carson Maeder who secured a couple of second quarter scores and went to the line to shoot free throws. Reeves and Maeder shared the scoring duties as Davis County pushed its lead to 14 points by half time. They led 29-15.

Chariton did come out aggressively in the second half and challenged the Mustangs on both ends of the court. That aggressive play resulted in points and Mustang fouls that led to free throws. The Chargers cut the Mustang lead to eight points with 1:43 left in the quarter before Jack Bigsby scored and hit a free throw. Reeves added a field goal off an offensive rebound and Davis County took a 40-27 led into the final quarter of play.

Davis County continued to play aggressively in the fourth quarter on both ends of the court. The Mustangs took a 15-point lead and extended it to 61-36 with 58 seconds left to play. Chariton scored late but the Mustangs sealed the win and forced the Chargers to remain winless on the season.

Score by quarters

DC    14    29    40    61

CH      5    15    27    42

Scoring—Reeves, 34; Glosser, 11; Maeder, 5; Micah Carroll, 3; Jack Bigsby, 3 and Brody Humphrey, 2.

Rebounds— Reeves, 11; Carroll, 10; Glosser, 4; Maeder, 4; Tucker Marshall, 3; Bigsby, 1; Boyd Brinegar, 1 and Humphrey, 1.

Assists—Humphrey, 4; Bigsby, 3; Maeder, 2; Reeves, 1 and Glosser, 1.

Steals—Glosser, 2; Reeves, 2; Humphrey, 1 and Marshall, 1.