If the Boonville boys junior varsity basketball team wanted to make a statement Wednesday night in the opening round of the Mexico JV Tournament, the scoreboard was proof after rolling over Bowling Green 48-16.
Although the Pirates went into last night’s game having dropped back-to-back games, they were more than up to the challenge against Bowling Green while leading 14-4 after one, 25-8 at the half and 44-12 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, with a running clock in the final period, the Pirates matched Bowling Green with four points to win by 32.
In the only other game last night, Mexico defeated North Callaway 57-28.
Bowling Green and North Callaway will play in the third place game tonight starting at 6 p.m. Then, at 7:30, Boonville will take on Mexico for the championship.
Boonville Coach Kent Peterson said this was a good opportunity for the team to get right back on the floor.
“We started a little sluggish but got things going in the middle of the quarter and played well the rest of the night,” Peterson said. “We were able to play everyone tonight and I was proud of the effort that Christian Burns and Connor Pond gave us. Conner Pond had six points and six rebounds and Christian played well on both ends of the court hitting a three-point shot. Alec Viertel had a good game scoring 14 points and five rebounds and Clayton Lang chipped in 10-points and had a solid night in less than three quarters of play.
“We will most likely play Mexico for the championship. We had a great game against them last week losing a heart-breaking two-point game. We look forward to playing them again as they are well coached and it should be an extremely competitive game.”
Alec Viertel had the game-high for Boonville, 8-4 overall, with 14 points along with five rebounds and three steals.
Clayton Lang finished the game with 10 points and four steals while Bryce Fuemmeler added seven points and two assists, Conner Pond with six points and six rebounds, DeAundre Lewis with six points, three steals, two rebounds and one assist, Christian Burns with three points and three rebounds, Jady Reese with one point, six rebounds, one steal and one assist and Dalton Hodge with one points, three rebounds and two steals.
The Pirates also finished the game hitting 20 of 46 shots from the field for 43 percent and 6 of 8 from the foul line for 75 percent.