After going 1-5 during a stretch in the season, Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd still felt his team was showing improvement in all phases of the game.
So while traveling to Hannibal on Tuesday for a conference game against the Pirates, Floyd really didn’t know what to expect after a long two hour bus ride.
Little did he know that Boonville would come out strong and end the same way while prevailing over Hannibal 60-48.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 8-8 overall and 2-2 in the NCMC, Floyd said his team was able to withstand several Hannibal runs to win the game.
“We buckled down defensively in the final eight minutes and were able to escape with victory,” Floyd said. “Jay and Tavious both took control in the paint as they both scored 16 on the night. The 16 points by Ta’Vious were a career high for the freshman. He also chipped in with 7 defensive rebounds. Damario not only scored well tonight but he was also able to control the offense by not allowing Hannibal to double team the ball and get out in transition. Tyler Peterson also added eight points along with two crucial free throws in the fourth quarter.
“Though we had a five game stretch where we went 1-4, I feel as though as a team we were improving. To travel two hours on a Tuesday night and pick up a conference road win was big for this team confidence wise. I hope that we can gain from this win and continue to play good ball as we face another conference foe in Kirksville on Friday night. It will be nice to get home again and play in Windsor Gym in front of our fans.”
While shooting 50 percent for the game and hitting all five shots from the foul line, the Pirates also got off to a good start in the first quarter against Hannibal while leading by a score of 21-14. And even though Hannibal came out and held a 12-11 advantage in the second period, Boonville still led by seven at 32-26. The Pirates, as in Hannibal, also outscored Boonville 14-12 in the third to cut the lead to five at 45-40. But according to Floyd, the Pirates continued to play great basketball in the fourth quarter while extending the lead to 15 at one point with a 16-8 advantage.
Jay Barnhart and Tavious Brazil led the Pirates in scoring with 16 points each. Barnhart also had eight rebounds and one steal while Brazil added seven rebounds and two steals. Damario Walker finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals while Tyler Peterson added eight points, three assists and two rebounds and Gus Kemp with six points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Page 2 of 2 - For Hannibal, Dalton Powell tossed in 27 points.
Boonville also won the JV game against Hannibal by a score of 54-41.
The Pirates, 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the NCMC, opened the first quarter with a 20-8 advantage and then outscored Hannibal 9-6 in the second to lead at the half by a score of 29-14. Of course Boonville didn’t stop there. In the third quarter, the Pirates again outscored Hannibal 12-8 to push its lead to 41-22. Meanwhile, in the final period, Hannibal rallied back with a 19-13 scoring edge to cut the lead back to 13.
Boonville JV coach Kent Peterson said this was a great win for our kids.
“This is a tough trip for our JV team as we arrive about 45 minutes before the game, change, warm-up and play,” Peterson said. “Our kids really came out strong in the first quarter and never looked back. We passed the ball extremely well tonight as we assisted on 13 of our baskets. Our kids really defended as well giving up only 22 points in the first-three quarters of play. We were up 26 points in the fourth quarter before we emptied the bench and gave up some late three-point shots.
“I was not happy with our last 3-4 minutes of play as we quit defending and turned the ball over at a high rate. Overall, this was a good night and I was glad to see Dre Lewis have a solid bounce back game as he scored 20-points and had 10 rebounds in the game. JT played well scoring 10 points in only two quarters and Alec Viertel chipped in with 10 points. Clayton Lang had six assists and Bryce chipped in with four assists and Dalton Hodge had eight rebounds, which really helped us. The kids played well tonight and look to continue to improve on Friday night against Kirksville.”
DeAundre Lewis finished the game with a double-double for Boonville with 20 points and 10 rebounds along with three assists.
JT Washington chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and one assist while Alec Viertel added 10 points and one rebound, Clayton Lang with seven points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals, Bryce Fuemmeler with seven points, four assists, three rebounds and one steal, Dalton Hodge with eight rebounds and one steal and Conner Pond and Christian Burns each with one rebound.
Boonville’s JV also finished the game hitting 25 of 53 shots from the field for 47 percent and 3 of 5 from the foul line for 60 percent.
For Hannibal, Baumann had 15 and McBride 10.