Pirates get off two shots in the final eight seconds in 63-62 loss

You can’t say the Boonville Pirates basketball team didn’t have its chances last night against top-seeded Southern Boone of Ashland in the semifinal round of the California Invitational Tournament.
While battling the No. 1 seeded team in the tournament back and forth for 31 minutes, the Pirates actually led by four in the fourth quarter. But then in the final eight seconds of the ballgame down by one, head coach Scott Floyd said senior Damario Walker got off a shot that barely missed its mark only to be rebounded by Jay Barnhart, another senior. Meanwhile, with 3.8 seconds left on the clock, Floyd said Walker again had a chance from 4 feet out on a bank shot but the shot didn’t fall as Southern Boone grabbed the rebound to closeout the game for a 63-62 victory.
“We played an awfully good game tonight,” Floyd said.  “Give our kids credit for battling back despite a lot of adversity throughout the game.  We fought foul trouble the whole night but were able to stay within striking distance of the Eagles.  For the second consecutive game we played well at both ends of the floor.  Plus we were hitting shots again, which kept us in the contest.  We shared the ball and played great team defense. Despite the loss, I feel we are getting a lot better as a team as we move forward.  The three remaining teams on the winners side of the bracket are state ranked and for us to compete with these teams is a tribute to our hard work and the kids ability compete against good teams.  I could not be prouder of these group of kids after tonight’s game.”
The effort was definitely there in the opening period as Boonville held a one-point lead (16-15) against the Eagles on the shooting of junior Tyler Peterson, who had two three-pointers to jumpstart the Pirates. Then, in the second quarter, Boonville led 30-23 with two minutes left in the half only to watch Southern Boone rally back with a 12-0 run to lead at the half by a score of 35-30.
The Eagles also led by as much as seven in the third quarter only to watch Boonville claw its way back to cut the lead to two at 50-48 with one quarter remaining.
While outscoring Southern Boonville 18-15 in the third period, the Pirates also had a chance to put some distance between them and Southern Boone in the fourth on top by four. But it just wasn’t meant to be as Southern Boone thwarted two shot attempts by the Pirates in the closing seconds for the victory.
Nick Carlos had 27 points and Frankie Griebach 15 to lead all scorers for Southern Boone.
For Boonville, Tyler Peterson finished the game with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jay Barnhart had 16 points and seven rebounds while Gus Kemp added 15 points and five rebounds, Damario Walker six points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal and Tavious Brazil with four points and four rebounds.
The Pirates also finished the game hitting 22 of 51 shots from the field for 43 percent and 11 of 12 from the foul line for 92 percent. As for Southern Boone, they were 12 of 17 from the line for 71 percent.
In  other games last night in the tournament, No. 3 Fatima knocked off No. 2 Mexico 51-42 in a game of state-ranked teams while No. 7 Versailles defeated sixth-seeded Fulton 78-43.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with the Boonville girls playing Jeff City’s JV at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Fulton girls versus Southern Boone at 6 and the California boys versus Versailles at 7:30. Then, on Saturday in the boys side of the bracket, Boonville will take on Mexico in the third-place game at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, in the championship at 7 p.m., Southern Boone will battle Fatima.