The Boonville Pirates basketball team couldn’t have played any better in the first quarter last night in a NCMC game against the Hannibal Pirates at the Windsor gymnasium.
While leading 19-10 after first period’s end, the Pirates also came out red hot from the field by hitting 9 of 14 shots for 64 percent.
Now what happened after that is anybodys guess as Hannibal came out and reeled off 12 straight points in the second quarter en route to a 60-44 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 2-10 overall and 2-2 in the NCMC, head coach Scott Floyd said on a positive note the boys moved the ball much better on offense which is something they have been stressing in practice. “Hannibal’s rebounding and three-point shooting did not allow us to keep pace in the game,” Floyd said. “We have to continue to get more physical with bigger teams.”
The Pirates were plenty physical in the first quarter while reeling off seven straight points during a two-minute stretch to go up by eight at 15-7.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they had no answer for Hannibal in the second quarter as the Pirates flipped the nine-point deficit to lead by seven (35-28) at the break.
Although Hannibal would outscore Boonville 25-9 in the period, they didn’t take the lead for good until the 2:54 mark on a basket by sophomore Dylan Powell to make it 28-26.
Boonville then ran into some bad luck after being assessed back-to-back technical, which resulted in a 5-0 run to extend the lead to nine at 35-26 with 21 seconds left. Then, with 5.9 seconds remaining in the half, sophomore Tavious Brazil scored two of his eight points to cut the lead back to seven at 35-28.
Boonville also failed to get to the foul line in the first half while Hannibal hit on 6 of 8 shots from the charity stripe.
“We came out really hot in the first quarter by moving the ball and consistently beating the Hannibal press to go up by nine,” Floyd said. “But as the game progressed we found it extremely hard to find the basket. Hannibal went to a zone in the second quarter and as a result we started to settle for jump shots instead of attacking the basket. Hannibal was also very good at holding us to one shot per possession due to their height advantage. Hannibal was much more physical than we were tonight. They held a big rebound advantage on the night and got many second and third chances on missed shots throughout the game.”
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville cooled off somewhat from the field in the second and third quarter. However, after cuting the lead to eight (43-35) after a three by Riley Lang and a basket by Alec Viertel, Boonville watched Hannibal answer right back with five straight to go up 48-35 with 1:55 left.
Although Hannibal held a 13-11 scoring edge in the period, Boonville responded in the final minute with back-to-back baskets by Tyler Peterson and Tavious Brazil to cut the lead back to nine at 48-39.
Boonville never got any closer in the ballgame as Hannibal came out and reeled off 11 straight points to start the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 20 at 59-39.
Hannibal also held a 12-5 advantage in the final period to win the game by 16.
As for the scoring, Eric Hugenberg and Vincent Elder each had 18 points in the game while Dylan Powell chipped in 15.
For Boonville, which failed to attempt a free-throw the entire game, Tyler Peterson and Riley Lang each had 10 points. Peterson also finished the game with seven rebounds and one assist.
Tavious Brazil finished the game with eight points, a team-leading six blocks, four assists, two rebounds and two steals. Alec Viertel added four points while Alec Adair and Josh Judd tallied three points each, Clayton Lang with two points, four rebounds and three assists, Bryce Fuemmeler with two points, six assists, one rebound and one steal and Jady Reese with two points, one rebound and one steal.
Although Boonville failed to get to the foul line, Hannibal was 10 of 19 from the line for 53 percent.
Hannibal also won the JV game against Boonville 57-48.
The Pirates, dropping to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the NCMC, trailed Hannibal 10-7 after one, 26-17 at the half and 44-37 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Hannibal outscored Boonville 13-11.
Boonville JV coach Jesse Oswald said this game was a game of runs.
“They started out hot in the second quarter and we dug ourselves a hole, but then out of the gates for the second half we started on a 11-0 run and took a two-point lead,” Oswald said. “After that we played back and forth but neither team could ever really pull away. We had some real good ball movement tonight, but we missed some easy shots and turned the ball over. We have to learn to value each possession if we want to be able to closeout games like this.”
Jack Richards had 20 points and Jack Baumann 13 for Hannibal.
For Boonville, Nick Zeitlow finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Christian Burns finished the game with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal while Conner Pond added 10 points, one rebound and one steal, Giovanni Strickland with four points, four steals, two assists and one rebound, Dalton Hodge with three points, four rebounds and one assist and Ryan Sprigg with two points.