The Boonville boys sixth grade basketball team did just enough to play for the championship in the Harrisburg Tournament over the weekend.
Despite finishing the tournament with a record of 1-2, head coach Kevin Lang said the Pirates were able to play in the championship based on the point system.
Of course the tournament didn’t start out the way the Pirates wanted it to in the opening round on Friday while losing to the host team by a score of 18-17.
In that game, Boonville led 9-8 at the half but was outscored 10-8 in the final-two periods to suffer the loss.
Lang said his team didn’t look good against Harrisburg’s press in this game. “Numerous times we tried to break the press off the dribble instead of the pass which caused turnovers,” Lang said. “We also started the game flat on offense and couldn’t get shots to fall.”
Kellen Brownfield had the high game for Boonville with seven points along with six rebounds. Dylan Watson finished the game with four points, seven rebounds and one blocked shot while Malik Brazil added four points, three rebounds and one assist and Reece Lang with three points, five steals and one rebound.
In the second game, the Pirates had a little better luck while leading the Mid-Missouri Thunder from start to finish for a 28-20 victory.
Lang said his team played with more intensity and better defensive pressure in this game. “We started strong at the start and the Mid-Missouri Thunder couldn’t catch up,” Lang said. “We had good effort from everybody in this game.”
Reece Lang paced all scorers in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul with 12 points, one rebound, one steal and one assist while Dylan Watson added five points, eight rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot, Kellen Brownfield with five points, two rebounds and one assist, Trey Williams with four points and one rebound, Malik Brazil with two points, three rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot, Clayton Gochenour with one rebound and one steal and Tyler Schuster with one rebound.
In the championship game against Ashland, the Pirates led 7-5 after one and 17-13 at the half but was outscored 15-7 in the final-two periods to suffer the loss.
Lang said his team went cold in the second half and scored only one point in the fourth quarter, which won’t win many games. “We missed entirely too many shots under the basket and gave them too many second shots on their end,” Lang said. “Blocking out and rebounding continues to be a problem for us.”
Reece Lang led the scoring attack for Boonville with eight points along with two steals and one rebound.
Kellen Brownfield finished the game with four points and three rebounds while Tyler Schuster added four points, one rebound and one steal, Dylan Watson with three points, six rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot, Malik Brazil with three points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist, Zack Watring with two points and one rebound and Trey Williams with two rebounds and one assist.