Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd wasn't particularly pleased with the outcome last night against the Mexico Bulldogs in a 60-45 loss at Fred Biesemeyer Court.
But if you consider that the Bulldogs, who are currently ranked sixth in Class 4 in the latest prep polls, beat the Pirates by 30-plus in the last meeting at Mexico, Floyd was more than happy with the effort by his players during the Pink Out game.
While the loss drops Boonville to 12-11 overall and 6-5 in the NCMC, Floyd said the thing that stick out to him the most in regards to the team was how well the team played defensively. "I thought we played hard all night," Floyd said. "Give credit to Mexico, they are ranked No. 6 in the state and are a potential Final Four team. You are going to have breakdowns on defense and they are going to take advantage of that. But effort-wise it was there and I think that exemplifies our program. The four seniors that played tonight all played hard and I thought they represented the program well."
On a night where they Pirates shot only 30 percent from the field, they were much better at the free-throw line while hitting on 8 of 9 shots for 89 percent.
And while the Pirates kept the game close for a quarter and a half while trailing by just four at 23-19, you could sense it was only a matter of time before the much taller Mexico squad would pull away.
That time came around the 2:09 mark in the second period after Mexico turned two Boonville turnovers into six points to extend the lead to 10 at 29-19. The Bulldogs also outscored the Pirates 20-10 in the period to extend the lead to 12 (33-21) at the break.
While matching Mexico with three threes in the second half, the Pirates also watched the lead swell to 17 points after the Bulldogs scored on consecutive three-point plays to make it 48-31. Meanwhile, in the final period, Mexico held a 12-11 advantage to win the game by 15.
Jake Willer had 17 points while Jaeon Nunnelly and Jon Anderson added 15 points each for Mexico.
For Boonville, Damario Walker tossed in 14 points and two rebounds.
Jay Barnhart finished the game with seven points, eight rebounds and one steal while Gus Kemp added six points, four rebounds and one steal, Tavious Brazil with six points and two rebounds, Jashon Hockaday with three points, JT Washington with two points and two rebounds and Tyler Peterson with five rebounds and one steal.
In the JV game, which was played at Hannah Cole, Mexico defeated Boonville 54-45.
Tyler Bracht and Kamden Ekon each had nine points for Mexico, who led 25-19 at the half only to be outscored 17-8 in the third to trail by a score of 36-33. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Bulldogs rallied back with a 21-9 advantage for the victory.
DeAundre Lewis finished the game with a double-double for Boonville with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
J.T. Washington added 10 points, four rebounds and one steal while Bryce Fuemmeler had eight points, one steal and one assist, Dalton Hodge with six points, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Clayton Lang with three points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, Alec Viertel with two points and four rebounds and Jady Reese with one point and six rebounds.
The Pirates, who dropped to 10-6 overall and 5-5 in the NCMC, also finished the game hitting 17 of 56 shots from the field for 30 percent and 9 of 19 from the foul line for 47 percent.