The Boonville boys junior varsity basketball team picked the wrong time to go in an offensive slump last night against the Mexico Bulldogs in the championship in the Mexcio Tournament.
Having played the Bulldogs to a 60-58 ballgame just last week, the Pirates felt the second time around would be different. Unfortunately for Boonville, it was a little too different as Mexico raced out to a 23-13 first-quarter lead en route to a 68-49 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 8-5 overall, JV coach Kent Peterson said Mexico played well and played with more energy than the Pirates.
That was definitely the case early on as Mexico jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter. However, in the second quarter, the Pirates rallied back with a 16-13 advantage to cut the lead to seven at 36-29. Unfortunately for Boonville, they would struggle again offensively in the second half as Mexico came out and outscored the Pirates 32-20 for the victory.
“They got off to a great start getting up early 19-7 and leading 23-13 at the end of the first quarter,” Peterson said. “We just had no answers defensively for Mexico. We tried a combination of zone defense, full court pressure and man defense but just had no answers to get enough stops.  Despite how well Mexico played we were only down seven points at halftime.  We had multiple times in the thiurd quarter, where we were cut the lead to five points and had chances to cut the lead to three on multiple trips but could not get the key bucket and stops to get over the hurdle and Mexico went on a 7-0 run right at the end of the third quarter that really stopped our momentum.  
“The kids got down 16 in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 12 with about two minutes left but we had expended so much energy to get back in the game we just did not have enough left.  The kids competed hard tonight but we just struggled with our shooting, hitting only 18 out of 58 shots from the field.  The challenge for our group is to defend better as a collective team. Offensively when we share the ball we have done very well. We will look to rebound from our runner-up finish on Tuesday against Hannibal.”
Malik Holman led three players in double figures for Mexico with 22 points while Markail Williams added 20 and D’Milo Nunnaly with 18.
For Boonville, DeAundre Lewis had 19 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Clayton Lang finished the game with 11 points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist while JT Washington added nine points, 14 rebounds, three steals and two assists, Bryce Fuemmeler with eight points and three rebounds, Alec Viertel with two points and three rebounds and Dalton Hodge and Conner Pond each with one rebound.