The Boonville Pirates basketball team learned firsthand Tuesday night in the opening round of the Linn Tournament what it feels like to watch a team shoot threes all night.
While finishing with two threes in the game, the Pirates witnessed a plethora of treys from No. 4 seeded Dixon in a 65-52 loss.
Of course the Boonville-Dixon game wasn’t the only game on tap on Tuesday. No. 1 Fatima won easily over No. 8 New Bloomfield 87-36 while No. 2 Blair Oaks cruised past No. 7 Chamois 61-29. No. 3 Cuba also won by double figures over No. 6 Linn 81-56.
Tournament action on the boys side of the bracket will continue on Thursday, with Chamois playing Linn at 6 p.m. and New Bloomfield battling Boonville at 7:30. On Friday, Blair Oaks will take on Cuba at 6 p.m. while Fatima squares off against Dixon at 7:30.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 4-3 overall, head coach Scott Floyd said his team was able able to recover after the first half with Dixon’s scoring outburst. “Dixon hit seven out of the first eight three-point attempts, and ended the first half by going eight of 10 from the arc,” Floyd said. “They were able to spread the floor and score over us all night. We were unable to closeout on the shooters and contest shots. We also had trouble with the constant full-court pressure as well. It was hard to come back in the game when we dug such a deep hole for ourselves in the first half. I felt that after the long bus ride the players were unable to get into the flow of the game. In general, we have to learn to guard teams that are smaller than we are.”
Despite being outscored 42-29 in the first half, the Pirates had a much better second half against Dixon while matching the Bulldogs with 23 points.
Four out of five starters also scored in double figures in the game for Dixon, with Hayden Yoakum leading the way with 18. Collin Holzer chipped in 16, Krey Burrow 11 and Solomon Weider with 10.
For Boonville, Gus Kemp and Damario Walker each had 12 while Tyler Peterson tossed in 10, Tavious Brazil eight and Eric Warren with two.
The Pirates also finished the game hitting 10 of 16 shots from the foul line for 63 percent while Dixon converted on 16 of 18 attempts for 89 percent.