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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Pirates drop season opener at home against Owls, 66-51

  • Boonville jumps out to a 22-9 first-quarter lead but scores only 29 points the rest of the way
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  • Somewhere caught in the disappointment of last night’s 66-51 setback against the Marshall Owls in the season opener for both teams, Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd still managed to find several positives.
    Take away the 15 point deficit at the end of the game, the Pirates still managed to outscored Marshall 22-9 in the first quarter and out-rebound the Owls 35-21.
    Nonetheless, Floyd said his team still should have been able to compete against this team better than what they did.
    “I knew they were going to be a challenge,” Floyd said. “They had everybody back and they were young last year, so they have experience returning. I would say the game was very positive the first 4-5 minutes and that’s something we can build on, but then we can go in and show them that we don’t want to play this way the last three quarters of the ballgame.”
    Maybe Floyd was referring to the 24 turnovers in the ballgame  or that his team had no offensive rebounds in the first half, or on the defensive side allowing Marshall to 12 drain free throws alone in the fourth quarter along with four three-pointers.
    But like Floyd said after the game, this is just Game No. 1.
    Of course there was a lot to like in the first quarter as Boonville came out on fire and reeled off nine straight points during a minute and a half stretch to go up 11-3. They also closed out the quarter with a 6-0 run to up the lead to 16 at 22-6.
    Walker was also a bright spot in the first period with eight of his team’s 22 points. But lost in the fact that Boonville probably played its best quarter in recent years, they also had to deal with Walker picking up his third foul of the game in the first eight minutes.
    “We came out real strong and I thought defensively we were playing well and getting the ball up the court and scoring some easy baskets in transition,” Floyd said, “and then we started making silly mistakes and turnovers and stupid fouls. When Damario went out we were pretty non-existent offensively. We couldn’t get into a set and just looked real anxious. Marshall then started pressing and we just didn’t handle it very well.”
    While playing almost perfect in the first quarter, the Pirates may have very well lost the game in the second quarter while turning the ball over 10 times and scoring just eight points.
    But even then while being outscored 23-8 in the period, Boonville trailed by just two (32-30) at the break.
    Of course neither team played particularly well in the third quarter, as Boonville outscored Marshall 7-5 to tie the game at 37-all. And even for the first-two minutes of the fourth quarter, the Pirates were still very much in the ballgame tied at 38-38.
    Page 2 of 3 - Floyd said even though the Pirates were playing bad going into the fourth, he still felt good that they were tied.
    “But right after that it took us almost four minutes to score in the second half and then we ran a great set and missed a layup and we just couldn’t finish,” Floyd said. “Offensively, we were just out of sync it seemed like 28 minutes of the night.”
    However during a 31 second stretch in the fourth period, Boonville saw its chances for a victory dashed after Marshall hit back-to-back threes to go up by six at 44-38 with 6:25 left.
    The Pirates never got any closer than five points for the rest of the game while Marshall led by as much as 18 at the 2:34 mark after two free throws by sophomore Conner Cooley to go up 59-41.
    Boonville outscored the Owls 10-7 for the rest of the game but it was too little too late.
    As for the scoring in the game, Alex Maupin led three players in double figures with 19 points while Conner Cooley added 15 and Jake Dillon with 10.
    For Boonville, Damario Walker finished the game with 15 points, five steals, one rebound and one assist.
    Jay Barnhart added 11 points and four rebounds while Gauge Sharp had six points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist, Kelsey Callaway with six points, one rebound and one assist, Tyler Peterson with five points, 12 rebounds and one assist, Tavious Brazil with four points, three rebounds and one assist, Gus Kemp with two points and three rebounds, Jashon Hockaday with two points and one rebound, Jalen Poindexter with three rebounds and one assist and J.T. Washington with one rebound.
    The Pirates also hit on 17 of 47 shots from the field for 36 percent and 15 of 24 from the foul line for 63 percent. Marshall, meanwhile, hit on 21 of 39 shots from the line for 54 percent.
    Of course the Pirates had a little better luck in the junior varsity game while beating the Owls by 40, 69-29.
    Boonville opened the first half with a 40-18 lead and then outscored the Owls 29-11 in the final-two periods for the victory.
    Boonville JV Coach Kent Peterson said this was a great way to start the season.  
    “Our athleticism really overwhelmed them early with our pressure full-court defense,” Peterson said.  “We had 18 assists and 17 steals for the game which means we were sharing the basketball and creating turnovers with our defensive pressure.  We have some areas to work on with our defensive effort playing man to man defense and our post defense was not as good as it will be as the year goes forward.  Dre Lewis played extremely well with his 11-13 shooting performance and 11-rebound effort. I thought Clayton Lang and Bryce Fuemmeler did a good job of getting us into our offense and distributing the basketball while both scoring in double digits and knocking down a few three-point shots.  We did a good job of entering the ball into the post and our offensive rebounding was outstanding.  This was a good start to the season and I thought our kids played very well for their first game.”
    Page 3 of 3 - DeAundre Lewis had a double-double for Boonville with 25 points and 11 rebounds along with two assists and one steal.
    Clayton Lang finished the game with 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals while Bryce Fuemmeler added 10 points, five assists, four steals and one rebound, Alec Viertel with four points, four rebounds, four steals and one assist, Tavious Brazil with four points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and one steal, JT Washington with four points and two assists, Christian Burns with three points and two steals, Conner Pond with two points, one assist and one blocked shot and Dalton Hodge with one point, two rebounds and two assists.
    Marshall was led by Zach Maupin with nine points.

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