Delta C-7's Caleb Reeves drives to the basket Monday night.
DEERING, Mo. - The Delta C-7 Chargers varsity boys basketball team moved back to the .500 mark Monday night with a 55-43 win against the North Pemiscot Mustangs.
The Chargers held the Mustangs to nine points in the first quarter and second quarter. Delta C-7 entered halftime with a 26-18 lead and never trailed in the second half.
"Just a great defensive effort," Delta C-7 coach Wes Richardson said of the victory. "To hold that team to 43 points with the way they shoot the three is an outstanding defensive effort. It was great."
The Mustangs trailed by just one point at the end of the first quarter before losing the second quarter 16-9.
"We are not going to make excuses," North Pemiscot coach Tim Eskew said. "It's my job to get them better and put them in positions to win. I'm just not getting the job done.
"We took some bad shots and those bad shots led to transition lay-ups for Delta C-7," Eskew said of the second quarter. "We have to make better decisions and it's my job to make them make better decisions."
CJ White calculated eight of the Chargers' 16 second-quarter points on his way to an 11-point night.
"We got out in our press and forced turnovers," Richardson said of the second quarter. "We got our hands in the passing lanes and got reflections. Our defense gave us fastbreak opportunities and allowed us to pull away before halftime."
Kaleb Reeves collected multiple field goals in every period but the second on his way to a game-high 24 points for Delta C-7.
"He does a really good job of attacking the basket without forcing shots," Richardson said. "When we are patient we do a really good job."
The Mustangs knocked down two of its three treys in the final eight minute of play.
"I'm not sure what the numbers were and we made some down the stretch when the game was getting away from us," Eskew said of his team's perimeter shooting. "We never really made any that allowed us to win. I just saw a lot of misses out there and blocked 3-point attempts."
North Pemiscot entered the final quarter trailing 42-30. The Mustangs' trimmed the deficit to seven at 42-35 with 6:44 remaining, but never got closer.
North Pemiscot's Dalton Rinehart scored in every quarter on his way to a team-high 16 points.
The Mustangs' Jawon Johnson tallied 11 of his 13 points in the first half.
Delta C-7 won the junior varsity game against North Pemiscot 33-11.
North Pemiscot will look to return to the win column Thursday when it hosts Richland.
"We are looking forward to it," Eskew said. "I know Richland has a big kid and they will be tough."
Delta C-7 (2-2) travels to traditional Tri-County Conference powerhouse Risco on Thursday.
"They are always good," Richardson said. "Blankenship does a great job with those guys and playing them is never easy. Risco's a tough place to play. I've never went to Risco and had an easy game. I know they will be ready and I'll get my guys ready. It should be a good game."
Delta C-7 55, North Pemiscot 43
NPS 9 9 12 13 - 43
DC7 10 16 16 13 -55
NORTH PEMISCOT (43) - Christian Wilson 2, Dalton Rinehart 16, Jake Watkins 7, Jawon Johnson 11, Matt Babb 3, Ryan Mills 2, Corwinthony Williams 2. FG 16, FT 8/13, F 12. (3-pointers: Rinehart 2, Watkins 1. Fouled out: Johnson)
DELTA C-7 (55) - Blake Garner 2, Bubba Sanders 4, Kaleb Reeves 24, CJ White 11, Heath Babb 4, Josh McCarter 6, Trey Sanders 2, Austin McCarter 2. FG 24, FT 7/12, F 13. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out none)