MARYVILLE, Mo. — Benton’s Chol Ater couldn’t surpass Maryville’s Eli Dowis, Tyler Houchin and Tate Oglesby on Friday as the Cardinals fell to the Spoofhounds 71-46.
Ater had 24 points to lead the way for Benton. Dowis, Houchin and Oglesby combined for 51 in the Maryville victory.
“They just space the floor pretty well,” Benton coach Gary Belcher said. “They knock out the outside shot. You got to extend to guard that. They drive the ball well to the rim as well. You got four seniors out there that played quite a few minutes, you throw in (Oglesby) with them, that’s a pretty talented group.”
Maryville (18-2) recognized seniors Creid Stoecklein, Matthew Madden, Korbin Koch, Dowis and Houchin prior to the game.
Koch was the only senior who did not appear. He has been recovering from a injury he suffered in the football season.
“It’s just a special night, special moment for them to have,” Maryville coach Matt Stoecklein said. “They came out and played the way they did, they all scored and they all worked hard and had a great game.”
Ater helped keep Benton (7-13) in the game, trailing 18-11 at the end of the first quarter. He completed the first half with 15 points.
“We were switching everything,” Matt Stoecklein said. Sometimes he would just get on our shorter guy and rise up over them, but he’s a good player. He is one of the best players in the conference.”
Maryville began to pull away in the second frame with the help of four three-pointers. By halftime, the Cardinals trailed 36-20.
Belcher said Benton’s schedule since Tuesday’s loss 68-31 loss to Lafayette played a role in their performance.
“The weather took Wednesday and Thursday’s practices away,” Belcher said. We just had to show up today and play the best we could. Obviously it wasn’t good enough tonight.”
Maryville’s comfortable lead remained through the second half, reaching 21 points at the end of the third quarter. The Spoofhounds’ lead peaked at 31 in the fourth.
“I think there’s even some things we could clean up,” Stoecklein said. “We were up by 30 or so, except for the last two minutes. It’s great to see that.”
Ater was the only Cardinal to finish with a double-digit performance. Trevor Mull and Chase Petersen were next in line with five points each.
Benton has a slate of four games next week, beginning Tuesday against Savannah.
“We’re still trying to figure some stuff out,” Belcher said. “But, we just got to keep grinding.”