After dropping a heartbreaker in the opening round of the Centralia Tournament Tuesday night against Hallsville, the Boonville Pirates basketball team finally had a game go its way last night in the consolation semifinals against Macon with a 44-39 victory.
Despite shooting 24 percent from the field, the Pirates seemed to save their best for last while rallying from a four-point deficit in the final period by outscoring Macon 15-6 to win the game by five.
While improving to 3-2 on the season, head coach Scott Floyd said Macon’s zone defense stymied the Pirates most of the night.
“We got good looks at the basket but we were simply unable to score with consistency,” Floyd said. “I thought our defense was good throughout the game and that kept us close in the contest. We also had good game management at the end of the game and were able to get to the line with regularity in the fourth quarter and keep Macon at bat.
“Damario Walker and Gauge Sharp kept us in offensive sets and kept the ball moving on offense. Macon enjoyed a considerable height advantage but Jay Barnhart was able to still grab a season-high 13 rebounds. Tyler Peterson also grabbed crucial offensive rebounds late in the game and was able to get to the line to secure the victory. This was a crucial game in the fact it was a close ballgame throughout and we were still able to win on a poor night of shooting. The fact that we were able to settle down offensively and continue to play tight defense was important as we move forward in the season.”
While winning the first and fourth quarter by outscoring Macon 13-11 and 15-6, the Pirates will have to do some work on the middle two periods while allowing the Tigers to hold a 22-16 advantage.
As for the scoring, Damario Walker had 15 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Jay Barnhart, meanwhile, finished the game with 10 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. Tyler Peterson had six points, six rebounds and three steals while Tavious Brazil added six points and three rebounds, Gus Kemp one point, one rebound, one assist and one steal and Eric Warren with one rebound.
For Macon, Trey Kothe tossed in 10 points.
For the game, the Pirates also hit on 15 of 54 shots from the field for 24 percent and 12 of 21 from the foul line for 57 percent. Macon made only 2 of 8 shots from the line for 25 percent.
In other games last night, No. 1 Salisbury beat fourth-seeded Hallsville 66-60 while No. 2 Southern Boone edged No. 3 Sturgeon 62-59. No. 7 North Callaway also won 66-60 over Centralia.
Tournament action for the boys will continue on Saturday, with the Boonville boys playing North Callaway in the consolation finals starting at 5 p.m., followed by the third-place game between Hallsville and Sturgeon at 6:30 and the championship between Salisbury and Southern Boone at 8.