After eight games and three losses, the Boonville Pirates basketball team finally had a game in which they could relax a little bit after the first half last night in the consolation semifinals of the Linn Tournament.
While beating the New Bloomfield Wildcats 63-33, the Pirates also finished the game with nine players in the scoring column. But more importantly, Boonville will get a chance to capture its second trophy is as many tournaments on Saturday in the consolation finals against Linn starting at 4:30 p.m. Linn beat Chamois in the only other game on the boys side of the bracket 50-38.
Despite shooting just 38 percent from the field and 33 percent from the foul line, head coach Scott Floyd said the boys came out and concentrated on their team defense in this game.
“We were able to play much better on the defensive end which led to the victory,” Floyd said. “New Bloomfield played zone the entire game which opened up Damario Walker, Jay Barnhart, Tyler Peterson and Gau           ge sharp to get open looks from the perimeter. Jay, Tanner Green, Tavious Brazil and J.T. Washington were able to control the offensive and defensive boards, as the four combined for 28 of the team’s 42 rebounds. It was a great win after a disappointing loss versus Dixon in the opening round. The kids played the right way and attempted to work on all aspects of the game that the coaching staff felt was deficient. The mental and physical effort were both good tonight.”
Something must have worked. While opening up a nine-point lead (19-10) against New Bloomfield in the first quarter, the Pirates came back and outscored the Wildcats again in the second period 13-6 to extend the lead to 32-16. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, Boonville added to its lead against New Bloomfield with a 18-5 advantage to go up 50-21. With the game well in hand against the Wildcats, the Pirates put it on cruise in the final period but still managed to outscore New Bloomfield 13-12 to win by 30.
Speaking of scoring, senior Damario Walker tossed in 15 points while grabbing three rebounds and one steal and dishing out one assist.
Jay Barnhart finished the game with a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds along with one steal while Tyler Peterson added nine points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist, Tavious Brazil with seven points and five rebounds, Tanner Green with four points, six rebounds and two steals, J.T. Washington with four points, six rebounds and one steal, Gus Kemp with four points, one rebound and one steal, Eric Warren with four points and one rebound, Gauge Sharp with three points, three assists and two rebounds and Clayton Lang with one assist.
For New Bloomfield, Grant Nichols had 15 points.