After a disappointing start to the season last week against the Marshall Owls, the Boonville Pirates basketball team may have stole a win on the road Tuesday night against the Smith-Cotton Tigers with a 54-47 victory.
With three players scoring in double figures for the game, the Pirates also overcame a three-point deficit at the half by outscoring Smith-Cotton 33-23 in the second half.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 1-1 overall, head coach Scott Floyd said the game was tight throughout the first half. Then, in the second half, Floyd said the Tigers would score the first-five points to go up by seven at 28-21.
The Pirates also held a 19-12 advantage in the third quarter to make it 40-36 and then would open up a nine-point lead at 49-40 with approximately 3:45 left in the game.
Floyd said turnovers and missed free throws by the Pirates allowed Sedalia to creep back into the game to cut the lead to two with 2:00 remaining in the game.  However, after two clutch free throws by freshman Tavious Brazil to make it a five-point ballgame at 52-47, Floyd said senior Damario Walker came back and nailed to more shots at the foul line to secure the seven-point win.
“We had a complete team effort in this win,” Floyd said. “Eric Warren came off the bench to score a bucket to put us up by four going into the fourth quarter. Kelsey Callaway entered the second half and played tremendous defense to help in the cause. Jalen Poindexter and Jashon Hockaday also had good floor games as well. Tavious, in his first varsity start, scored a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. “We played a good half-court man-to-man defense when it counted most, at the end of the game. That was a big difference from the first game.”
Damario Walker led three players in double figures for Boonville with 19 points along with two assists, one rebound and one steal.
Jay Barnhart recorded his second double-double in as many games with 12 points and 10 rebounds along with two steals. Tavious Brazil also finished the game with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Tyler Peterson added six points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal, Jalen Poindexter with three points, one rebound and one steal and Eric Warren with two points.
For Smith-Cotton, Dalton Christian had 16, Chance Johnson 12 and Gerald Olinger 11.
For the game, the Pirates also hit on 18 of 40 shots from the field for 45 percent and 16 of 25 from the foul line for 64 percent. Smith-Cotton, meanwhile, was 5 of 12 from the line for 42 percent.
As for the junior varsity team, Boonville raised its season record to 2-0 by beating Smith-Cotton by a score of 66-41.
Although the Pirates trailed 13-9 after first period’s end, they more than made up for it after that by outscoring the Tigers 57-28 for the victory.
Boonville JV coach Kent Peterson said this was a really good win for the kids.  
“We started off really slow and were down 8-0 in the first few minutes of the first quarter,” Peterson said. “We came out a little sluggish and Smith Cotton hit a few shots early.  The kids battled back and we were down 13-9 at the end of the first quarter.  In the second quarter we found a little rhythm and were able to take a 26-22 halftime lead.  We talked to the kids at halftime about executing our offense a little better in the second half and we came out in the third quarter and really shared the ball and ran our offensive sets very well.  Our defensive intensity picked up and we turned Smith Cotton over and were able to contest shots much better.  Our full court press and man to man defense was much better in the second half and took Smith Cotton out of what they were trying to do.  Bryce Fuemmeler played an outstanding game shooting the ball very well and getting us into our offensive sets and finding the open man on offense.  We had four players in double figures and all contributed in different ways to allow us to score 40-points in the second half.  We need to improve our rebounding and our free throw shooting as we were 12 of 29 from the foul line.”
Freshman Bryce Fuemmeler led four players in double figures for Boonville with 18 points along with two rebounds, two assists and one steal.
J.T. Washington had 13 points, six rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot while DeAundre Lewis added 12 points, four rebounds, four steals and one assist, Clayton Lang with 11 points, three steals, two rebounds and one assist, Alec Viertel with seven points, one rebound, one steal and one blocked shot, Dalton Hodge with four points, two rebounds and one assist, Christian Burns with one point, two assists and one steal and Conner Pond with three rebounds.
Smith-Cotton was led by Nick Morrison with 12 points.