Will play California in the opening round of the California Tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 8

The Boonville Pirates basketball team had one bad quarter against North Tech in the Moberly Regional Medical Center Shootout on Friday, Dec. 28 and that proved to be the difference in a 55-49 setback. The Pirates, dropping to 6-6 on the season, opened the game with a 22-17 first-quarter lead against North Central. However, in the second quarter, North Tech rallied back with a 15-4 scoring edge to go up by six at 32-26. Boonville didn't go down without a fight, though. In the third quarter, the Pirates rallied back again, this time with a 15-9 advantage, to tie the game at 41-all. Unfortunately for Boonville, they were unable to capitalize on three straight possessions to start the fourth quarter and fell behind by nine points before staging a rally to get within five in the closing minutes of the game. North Tech, meanwhile, was able to connect on six free throws to secure the win. North Tech also outscored Boonville 14-8 in the fourth quarter. “We played a good game against a very good North Tech team,” said Boonville coach Scott Floyd. “Though we struggled against their press early in the game, we were able to recover and stay in the game and stay within striking distance throughout the contest. We actually took the lead 42-41 in the fourth quarter but three straight empty possessions caused us not to capitalize on the lead. Jay Barnhart was able to collect 12 rebounds and keep North Tech off the boards. Damario, despite battling constant pressure, was able to score a season high 22 points in the loss. As a team, we could not get over the hump and increase the lead once we had North Tech on the ropes. This was a good game against a very athletic and talented team. There were many bright spots in the loss. I think we can build on this game and improve as the season moves forward. This was an excellent event and one that we will continue to participate in the following years. It was nice to play a team we don't normally see and play in a great venue.” Nisian Riamaiden had 21 points and Kevin James 15 for North Tech. For Boonville, Damario Walker finished the game with 22 points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist. Jay Barnhart had 16 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double while Tyler Peterson added eight points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist, Tavious Brazil with two points, three rebounds and two assists, Bryce Fuemmeler with one point and one steal and Gus Kemp with four steals, three assists and one rebound. The Pirates also finished the game hitting 19 of 48 shots from the field for 39 percent and 6 of 12 from the foul line for 50 percent. North Tech converted on 10 of 15 shots from the line for 67 percent. Boonville is scheduled to play host California in a 4/5 game on Tuesday, January 8th starting at 5:00 p.m.