MARYVILLE, Mo. — One night after the Maryville High School boys basketball team hosted Savannah, the Spoofhounds took down another MEC rival in Cameron 57-33 Tuesday.
In their second game in as many days, the Hounds (10-8, 3-2 MEC) were able to jump out to a lead and rest their starters in the middle of a busy week.
It wasn’t all easy for Maryville, though. Despite starting the game on a 10-0 run, the Spoofhounds allowed the Dragons an eight-point run that tightened things up and forced head coach Matt Stoecklein to call a timeout.
“I just said ‘Boys, you’ve got to defend. You’re not defending. You’re just assuming you’re going to win this game by 30,’” Stoecklein said about his message to the team during the stoppage. “I told them these guys can shoot. Then all of a sudden a 10-point lead is nothing when they hit two or three, threes.”
After the timeout, things changed. Maryville turned up the defensive pressure, forcing Cameron to make offensive miscues and leading to points on the home side of the score sheet.
The Spoofhounds took a 15-13 lead into the second period, but grew their lead before halftime thanks to stifling defensive pressure. Thanks to the newfound momentum, the Hounds allowed seven points in the second quarter.
“It was because we started pressuring,” Stoecklein said. “I kept saying, ‘They don’t feel you yet.’ They didn’t know we were on defense because they could just pass, they could just shoot, they could just do whatever they wanted to.”
After scoring 13 points in the first quarter, the Dragons went on to collect 20 more in the next three quarters combined.
Junior forward Marc Gustafson found some success in the paint, notching a game-high 12 points. The 6-foot-9 forward said he was focused on working hard.
“I just thought I should come out and try my hardest,” Gustafson said. “(I thought I should) be physical and try and do my part.”
“For him to rebound and say, ‘Hey, forget that game. Now I’m going to come with a fresh mindset in this game and play great,’ was awesome” Stoecklein said.
The Hounds also saw a solid performance from senior guard Tylan Perry. He recorded 10 points while hitting four of six free throws. Senior guard Tate Oglesby tallied 11 points for Maryville in his final home game at the Hound Pound.
With the large lead, it allowed some of the Spoofhound reserves to get playing time. Stoecklein said the players that got in at the end of the game made the most of their time on the floor.
“After Monday’s game the coaches got together and said, ‘We got to get some legs fresher,’” Stoecklein said. “Because if we go into Benton Friday and we have to keep playing these kinds of minutes, we’re going to be in trouble.”
Next, Maryville travels to Atlantic, Iowa, Thursday for an out-of-state matchup with the Trojans before heading to the south side of St. Joseph for a third meeting with Benton this season.