The Boonville Pirates eighth grade basketball team had a tough weekend while competing in the Boonville Blast Tournament.
Although the Pirates had a good start on Saturday by beating New Franklin 48-21, they would lose their next-two games against Glasgow 50-39 and Southern Boone County 61-36 to finish third overall in the tournament.
In the opening game against New Franklin, the Pirates led 26-11 at the half and then outscored the Bulldogs 22-10 in the final-two periods for the victory.
Carson McCarty led the scoring attack in the game for Boonville with 15 points along with 12 rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Riley Lang finished the game with 13 points, seven rebounds, two steals, two assists and one blocked shot while Alec Adair added nine points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist, Makiah Waibel with five points, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Zach Weber with four points, Weston Fahrenbrink with two points, two rebounds and one assist and Ryan Sprigg with one rebound.
In the game against Glasgow, Boonville led 19-14 at the half but was outscored 36-20 in the second half to suffer the loss.
Boonville coach Kevin Lang said the Pirates knew going in they had a distinct size disadvantage. “We were able to control the paint in the first half but their size got us in the second half,” Lang said.
Lang had 19 points, four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot to lead Boonville.
Adair finished the game with 17 points and two steals while McCarty added one point, four rebounds and two steals, Fahrenbrink with one point and four rebounds, Weber with one point and two steals, Waibel with one steal and Sprigg with one rebound.
In the game against Southern Boone County, the Pirates trailed 29-7 at the break and was outscored 32-29 in the second half.
Lang paced all scorers for Boonville with 20 points along with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot.
Fahrenbrink finished the game with seven points and one rebound while Adair added five points, four blocked shots, three steals and three assists, Sprigg with two points, two rebounds and one assist, Waibel with two points and two rebounds and Weber with one point, one rebound and one assist.
“We couldn’t get anything going in the first half,” Lang said. “Our shots weren’t falling while they were hitting everything. We hung with them in the second half but the slow start was hard to overcome. The boys played hard despite some injuries and sickness on the team. Southern Boone has a very good team. I thought Riley had a real nice tournament for us.”