The Boonville Pirates basketball team dropped a heartbreaker Saturday night in the fifth-place game in the Linn Tournament by losing to the host team in overtime by a score of 58-52.
The Pirates, dropping to 5-4 on the season, trailed Linn 10-9 after one and 32-23 at the half before rallying back with a 19-7 advantage in the third quarter to go up by three at 42-39. However, in the final period, Linn rallied back with a 8-5 scoring edge to tie the game at 47-47. Meanwhile, in overtime, the Wildcats outscored Boonville 11-5 for the victory.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd said in the overtime period Linn connected on two three-pointers early to take a six-point lead and then hit 3 of 4 free throws to seal the win.
“Obviously when you connect on only 26% of your field goals you are going to struggle to win close games,” Floyd said.  :”Despite Linn playing a 2-3 zone all night, we were getting open looks at the bucket but we were simply unable to hit.  Linn did a nice job of getting the ball to their shooters as they torched us for 9 3’s.  Turnovers continued to be a problem as well as we committed 15 for the game.
“Individually, I thought Gus Kemp continued his strong play as he scored 13 points and grabbed a season high nine rebounds.  Gauge Sharp was able to score 12 points and collect 5 rebounds.  However, as a team, the shooting was bad and we struggled to put together a consistent offensive night.  We simply have to shoot better from the field as I expect teams will continue to play zone against us until we can otherwise show that we can consistently hit from the perimeter.
“We have 3 big games this week.  We host Fulton and Moberly on Monday and Tuesday night and then travel to Eldon on Thursday night to closeout the pre-Christmas part of our schedule.  The conference games are especially important.  We have to get those home conference games as conference wins are hard to come by.”
Gus Kemp led three players in double figures for Boonville with 13 points along with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Gauge Sharp finished the game with 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist while Jay Barnhart added 11 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist, Tavious Brazil with six points, five rebounds and one assist, Damario Walker with six points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist and Tyler Peterson with four points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist.
For Linn, Garrett Wiggins had 17, Chris Vogel 13 and Josh Rush 10.
For the game, the Pirates hit on 17 of 65 shots from the field for 26 percent and 8 of 12 from the foul line for 67 percent. Linn, meanwhile, made 12 of 13 shots from the line for 92 percent.