The Boonville Pirates sixth grade basketball team captured the championship in the Santa Shootout at Ss. Peter & Paul gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 22 by beating Centralia by a score of 32-24. While finishing the tournament at 3-0, the Pirates beat Bunceton in the opening round by a score of 30-16 and then came back with a 38-16 win over Sedalia in the second round. In the game against Bunceton, the Pirates led 14-11 at the half and 24-12 after three quarters of play. Malik Brazil led the scoring attack for Boonville with eight points, three rebounds and three steals. Dylan Watson finished the game with six points, five rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot while Clayton Gochenour added four points and three rebounds, Reece Lang with four points, two steals and one assist, Trey Williams with three points, five rebounds and one steal, Kellen Brownfield with three points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal, Zack Watring with two points, four rebounds and one steal, Tyler Schuster with two steals, one rebound and one assist and Cole Meisenheimer with two steals and one rebound. For Bunceton, Dylan Flatt had 12 points. In the second game against Sedalia, the Pirates led 27-7 at the half and 34-12 after three quarters of play. Trey Williams had the team-high for Boonville with eight points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist. Reece Lang tossed in six points, three steals, one rebound and one assist while Malik Brazil added five points, three steals and one assist, Zack Watring with four points, four rebounds and one steal, Cole Meisenheimer with four points, three rebounds and one steal, Dylan Watson with four points, three rebounds and one assist, Kellen Brownfield with four points and two rebounds, Tyler Schuster with two points, one assist and one blocked shot and Clayton Gochenour with two rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot. In the championship game against Centralia, Boonville trailed 7-3 after first period's end before rallying back with a 29-17 advantage over the next-three quarters for the victory. Dylan Watson led the scoring attack in the game for Boonville with 12 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one assist. Malik Brazil had 10 points, one rebound, one steal and one blocked shot while Reece Lang added three points, three rebounds and two assists, Tyler Schuster with two points, five rebounds and one steal, Cole Meisenheimer with two points and one rebound, Clayton Gochenour with two points, Kellen Brownfield with one point, five rebounds, three assists and two steals and Zack Watring with one rebound, one steal and one assist. Boonville coach Kevin Lang said the boys are improving with each game. “Our defense was solid the entire tournament and we have been working at getting our post players more involved in the offense,” Lang said. In a game on Sunday, Dec. 30th against Marshall, the Pirates fell by a score of 44-41. Marshall led Boonville 26-22 at the half. However, in the third quarter, the Pirates rallied back with a 11-8 scoring edge to cut the lead to one at 34-33. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, Marshall outscored Boonville 10-8 to win the game by three. Lang said the Pirates were missing a couple of players for this game and Marshall definitely had the height advantage. “We had trouble keeping them off the boards the entire game,” Lang said. “We tried to compensate with pressure defense and almost pulled out the win. I was happy with the boys intensity and aggressiveness. They played hard and never gave up.” Malik Brazil had 14 points, five rebounds, four steals and one assist to lead Boonville. Reece Lang finished the game with 12 points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists and one blocked shot while Trey Williams added nine points, six rebounds and two steals, Kellen Brownfield with four points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist, Tyler Schuster with two points, three steals and two rebounds and Clayton Gochenour with three rebounds and one steal.