The Boonville Pirates basketball team probably knew it was going to be one of those nights Friday night on the road against the Mexico Bulldogs.
Although the two teams squared off in the third-place game in the California Invitational Tournament back on Saturday, Jan. 12th, with the Bulldogs winning in that game as well 48-33, the Pirates had hopes of closing the gap in NCMC action on Friday.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they were unable to make up for a slow start after scoring only four points in the opening period while losing to Mexico 63-32.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 9-9 overall and 3-2 in the conference, head coach Scott Floyd said give credit to Mexico.
“They played an outstanding defensive game,” Floyd said. “We do not match up well with Mexico. The Anderson brothers, both 6’5, controlled the offensive and defensive glass and limited our scoring opportunities. Mexico was able to get a lot of second chance points and also limit us to one shot per offensive possession. Couple that with the fact that we struggled at times against their press, it was a recipe for disaster.
“I was disappointed in the outcome of the game as we had a week to prepare for the Bulldogs. Mexico played like the seventh ranked team in Class 4 tonight. I was pleased to see that in the second half we played with a little more enthusiasm despite being down by such a large margin. We have to regroup quick as we hit the road again next week to take on Kirksville and Fulton, two teams we have already beat this season. We have an important four game stretch over these next two weeks. A stretch where we need to pick up some conference wins and some confidence.”
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville trailed Mexico 22-4 after one or 31-10 at the half. But then to make matters worse, the Bulldogs also outscored the Pirates 18-12 in the third to extend the lead to 27 at 49-22. Meanwhile, to put a stamp on the game, Mexico also won the fourth quarter against Boonville with a 14-10 advantage to win by 31.
Jake Willer led the charge for Mexico with 20 points while Jon Anderson chipped in 14.
For Boonville, Damario Walker had 14 points, two assists, one rebound and one steal. Jay Barnhart finished the game with 12 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal while Gus Kemp added three points and four rebounds, Gauge Sharp with two points and one steal, Tavious Brazil with one point and two rebounds and Tyler Peterson with four rebounds and one assist.
The Pirates also struggled shooting the ball against Mexico while hitting only 14 of 46 shots from the field for 30 percent. From the foul line, Boonville connected on 4 of 6 shots for 67 percent. As for the Bulldogs, they were 7 of 10 from the line for 70 percent.
As for the JV game, the Pirates fell in that game as well but wound up losing by only two at 60-58.
The Pirates, dropping to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the NCMC, trailed Mexico 12-10 after first period’s end, 31-29 at the half and 50-47 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Boonville rallied back with a 11-10 advantage to cut the lead to two.
Boonville JV Coach Kent Peterson said both teams played at an extremely high level and shot the ball extremely well.
“Mexico hit eight three-point shots and we hit 6-10 from the three-point line,” Peterson said. “Neither team lead by more than five points in the game. We took the lead 58-57 with :50 seconds left and got fouled going to the rim. Dre had two free throws rim in and out and then we turned them over and missed a six foot shot with :35 seconds left. Mexico ran a nice play and hit a three-point shot with :25 seconds remaining. We ran a play and Clayton Lang had a great look from the three-point line that missed. We fouled and they missed the one and one free throw and then we got a great look from 12 feet with about seven seconds remaining to tie the game and just came up short.
“I was really proud of my kids, they played hard. We need to rebound the ball much better as we were probably out-rebounded by 15-20 rebounds and need to shoot free throws better. Overall, Dre had a tremendous night scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds on 11-20 shooting. Clayton and Bryce both knocked down some timely three-point shots and Alec Viertel played hard, as did Jady Reese giving us big minutes. We changed our press break and asked Jady and Alec to both help handle the ball as they did. We should get another shot at Mexico this week in their JV tournament and look forward to the rematch.”
Tyler Bracht had 16 points and James Norton 14 for Mexico.
For Boonville, DeAundre Lewis finished the game with a double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds along with one steal and one assist.
Clayton Lang and Bryce Fuemmeler each had nine points and one rebound while JT Washington added eight points and four rebounds, Jady Reese with two points, one rebound and one steal and Dalton Hodge with one assist.
The Pirates also hit on 24 of 42 shots from the field for 57 percent and 4 of 11 from the foul line for 36 percent.