The Boonville Pirates basketball team picked up its first sweep of the 2012-13 season Tuesday night by beating the Kirksville Tigers by a score of 51-43.
The Pirates, improving to 10-9 overall and 4-3 in the NCMC, had an up and down game against the Tigers while leading 10-9 after first period’s end only to have Kirksville rally back with a 11-7 advantage in the second quarter to go up 20-17. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, Boonville again outscored Kirksville 15-8 to regain the lead at 32-28. Then, with the game still up for grabs going into the fourth, the Pirates all but made it official by holding a 19-15 scoring edge for the victory.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd said it was nice to see the players bounce back from a disappointing loss to Mexico on Friday night and play well on both ends of the floor against Kirksville.
“This was an extremely important win as it got us over the .500 mark overall and increased our conference record to 4-3,” Floyd said. “I am very proud of the boys for sweeping the season series with the Kirksville. Our defense was outstanding throughout the game and we took advantage of the fact that Kirksville played us mostly man in the second half to get into sets and take advantage of our height and quickness.
“Though Ta’Vious only scored six points, he was a monster on the glass, as he grabbed 10 rebounds against a feisty Kirksville group. Gus Kemp came up big in the game as he scored 11 points. Though he is a 52% free throw shooter, Gus hit on 5-6 free throws on the night to help pull away from the Tigers. Gauge Sharp, out the last month due to injury, played a good all around game on both ends of the floor. Damario was able to take advantage of the man defense and score baskets in the paint. JT Washington gave us valuable minutes off the bench as he contributed three points and three rebounds. Jay and Tyler were able to slice through the Tiger zone (1st half) and score some key buckets. We had very balanced scoring up and down the line-up tonight. Everyone contributed in the victory.”
Gus Kemp led the scoring attack in the game for Boonville with 11 points along with two steals and one assist.
Damario Walker had 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal while Tyler Peterson added eight points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal, Jay Barnhart with eight points, three rebounds and two steals, Tavious Brazil with six points and 10 rebounds and Gauge Sharp with five points and two rebounds.
For Kirksville, Tyson Grgurich tossed in 15 points.
Page 2 of 2 - The Pirates also finished the game hitting 19 of 47 shots from the field for 40 percent and 13 of 19 from the foul line for 68 percent. The Tigers, meanwhile, hit on 13 of 20 shots from the line for 65 percent.
In the junior varsity game, Kirksville defeated Boonville by a score of 56-45.
The Pirates, dropping to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in the NCMC, trailed Kirksville by just one (16-15) after first period’s end but was outscored 12-7 in the second to trail the Tigers at the break 28-22. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, Kirksville again outscored Boonville by one (12-11) to extend its lead to seven at 40-33. Then, in the final period, the Tigers added to their total by holding a 16-12 scoring edge for the victory.
Boonville Coach Kent Peterson said Kirksville played well both offensively and defensively and the Pirates struggled to guard them in both their man and zone defense.
“They defended very well and we were unable to have much flow all night on the offensive end of the floor,” stated Peterson. “Clayton Lang knocked down five three-point field goals at crucial times, which helped keep us in the game. Once again we struggled to close out quarters as we had the game tied in each of the first three-quarters and ended the first quarter giving up a shot and then the second and third quarters Kirksville closed with 6-0 and 7-0 runs, which was the difference in the game. We get a chance to bounce back tonight against Bowling Green in the first round of the Mexico JV tournament.”
The Boonville boys varsity basketball team, meanwhile, will hit the road once again on Friday night as they travel to Fulton to take on the Hornets. The game is a varsity doubleheader with the girls. Girls game starts at 6:00 with the boys game to follow.