SAVANNAH, Mo. — Despite an inexperienced starting lineup, the Maryville High School boys basketball team was able to collect a win in its first game of the season against Hogan Prep in the first round of the Savannah Invitational Tournament.
The Spoofhounds (1-0) were able to outlast the Rams (0-1) 58-52 as free-throw shooting and defensive stops played a vital role in their victory
“No doubt, it feels good,” senior guard Tate Oglesby said about getting back on the hardwood. “We’ve been working at practice and this is what we’ve been working for. Just to get a good first game under our belt against a great Hogan Prep team felt good.”
In the first game of his senior season, Oglesby led the Hounds with 26 points with 12 of them coming from the charity stripe.
Usually, Maryville doesn’t have a full squad thanks to postseason football. Even if the full team is suited out, they wouldn’t have many practices together before the first matchup of the season.
This year was particularly different as the football team suffered a loss in the district championship game, giving the full basketball team more practice time ahead of its first game versus Hogan Prep.
With not knowing its next opponent until Wednesday, Matt Stoecklein said starting the season out with the tournament presents its challenges.
“It is what it is,” Matt Stoecklein said. “Last year we did it with one day of practice this year we’ve had a little bit more time to prepare, thank goodness because we have a very young team. We’ve got to figure out who can do what a little bit more.”
The Spoofhounds allowed the Rams to score the first points of the game on a three-pointer from Darius Jackson but quick buckets from junior guard Ben Walker would eventually tie the game but the lead would change several times before Hogan Prep would take a 15-12 lead into the second quarter.
Back-to-back threes from junior Caleb Kreizinger gave the Hounds an 18-17 lead early in the second quarter. The Rams battled back to take a 19-18 lead with 5:19 left in the half but a shooting foul sent junior Marc Gustafson to the line to tie the game up at 19.
Both teams traded points as the game worked to a 25-25 tie when Hogan Prep turned up the pressure and went into a full-court press. The pressure gave the Rams an easy bucket as they took a 27-26 lead into the locker room.
“Hogan Prep, I thought, played very well,” Matt Stoecklein said. “They were aggressive and took advantage of some things we need to work on and it really helped us get ready for the next game and the rest of the season.”
The third quarter consisted of more tightly contested basketball as Hogan Prep gained a 42-41 advantage heading into the final period.
Neither team could put the other away as the Rams’ lead grew to 47-45 before the Hounds gained the lead on an Oglesby layup with 3:19 left in the game. Hogan Prep tied the game 52-52 but it would be the last time the game was tied.
Maryville took the lead on a drive and dish from junior guard Trey Houchin to Gustafson. Thanks to a few turnovers from the Rams, the Hounds were able to maintain the lead and burn some of the clock. Hogan Prep resorted to fouling and put Houchin at the line.
The junior hit both free throws on the one-and-one.
With 18 seconds left in the game, Oglesby fouled out and freshman guard Caden Stoecklein took his place. The freshman found himself at the free-throw line with a two-point lead and 14 seconds left in the game.
Caden Stoecklein hit both of the free throws and sealed Maryville’s 58-52 win.
“To have that new group out there and finish the way they did (means a lot),” Matt Stoecklein said. "… That was just awesome. We’re going to watch this film and we’re going to learn a lot about ourselves on both ends of the floor.”
Maryville awaits the winner of Benton and Smithville for the semifinal of the Savannah Invitational Tournament.