Just getting the game into overtime last night against Hallsville in the opening round of the Centralia Tournament was a chore in itself for the Boonville Pirates basketball team.
While digging a hole early and trailing Hallsville 33-28 at the half and 46-42 after three quarters of play, the Pirates rallied back with a 20-16 advantage in the final period to tie the game at 62-all. However, in the overtime period, Hallsville outscored Boonville 8-4 for a 70-66 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 2-2 on the season, head coach Scott Floyd said he was proud of the way the team battled back to send the game into overtime.
“Our kids never gave up,” Floyd said. Damario Walker scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to help in the come back attempt.  Eric Warren played a good first half off the bench and score four points while limiting our turnovers.  Gus Kemp played an outstanding game by scoring 14 points and guarding Hallsville’s leading scorer.  Tavious did a nice job controlling the defensive boards by grabbing seven rebounds.  Jay Barnhart was able chip in 11 points, including a crucial three-point bucket that got us within two in regulation.  He also did a nice job by limiting Hallsville’s second leading scorer to only four buckets.  I also thought our bench guys came in and gave us good minutes. We lost the game in the first half where we unable to effectively break the press while committing too many turnovers.  The kids just ran out of time in their come back attempt.”
Senior Gus Kemp, who scored the basket to send the game into overtime, also led the Pirates in scoring with 14 points along with two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Gauge Sharp finished the game with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist while Damario Walker added 13 points, two rebounds and one assist, Jay Barnhart with 11 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist,  Tavious Brazil with six points, nine rebounds and one assist, Tyler Peterson with five points and five rebounds and Eric Warren with four points, three rebounds and two steals.
For Hallsville, Brendan Beatty had 22, Ryan Long 16 and Skyler Creed and Nathan Katz each with 10.
Boonville also finished the game hitting 29 of 67 shots from the field for 43 percent and 4 of 8 from the foul line for 50 percent. As for Hallsville, they hit 15 of 30 shots from the line for 50 percent.
In other games on Tuesday, No. 1 Salisbury defeated Macon 60-46 while No. 2 Southern Boone beat seventh-seeded North Callaway 56-44. No. 3 Sturgeon also prevailed over No. 6 Centralia 74-60.
Tournament action will continue for the boys tonight, with Boonville playing Macon at 4:30 p.m., followed by Salisbury versus Hallsville at 6, Southern Boone versus Sturgeon at 7:30 and North Callaway versus Centralia at 9.