Boonville senior Tyler Peterson and sophomore Tavious Brazil were recently selected to the North Central Missouri All-Conference first team for the 2013-14 season.
Although the Pirates slipped to 4-19 overall and 4-8 in the conference, which was good enough for a fifth-place tie with Marshall, Peterson and Brazil combined for 748 points and 418 rebounds during the 2013-14 season.
Peterson, a two-year starter for Boonville, closed out his career with 402 points for an average of 17.5 ppg along with 180 rebounds for 7.8 rpg, 74 assists for 3.2 apg and 12 steals for .5 spg. He also finished the season shooting 44 percent from the field, 39 percent from the three-point arc and 63 percent from the foul line.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd said Peterson had an outstanding senior season.
“He increased both his scoring average and rebounding average from the previous year,” Floyd said. “On the season, he averaged 17 ppg and 8 rebounds per contest. The 17 ppg ranked in the top five in scoring for the conference. Most of Tyler’s success is based on the fact that he competes at an extremely high level. He plays very hard when he is on the floor. Tyler also showed tremendous leadership in leading this young and inexperienced team.”
As for Brazil, he also had a banner season while finishing with 346 points for an average of 15.0 ppg along with 238 rebounds for 10.3 rpg, 29 assists for 1.3 apg and 16 steals for .7 spg. Brazil also closed out the season shooting both 57 percent from the foul line and free-throw line.
Floyd said Brazil really improved between his freshman and sophomore year and as a result was named to the first team.
“Tavious doubled his scoring output from his freshman season and added four more rebounds per game for his sophomore campaign,” Floyd said. “Tavi accumulated 13 double-doubles throughout the season. On the year he averaged 15 ppg and 10 rebounds. Tavi’s rebounding effort was a conference best. He also shot better than 50 percent from the floor for the year and also tallied 2.3 blocks per game. I would anticipate that Tavi’s numbers will continue to trend upward next year and he could be headed for two very special seasons of basketball.”
Floyd said the thought the conference was also the most balanced that it has been in the last four years.
“Really, on any given night, any team had a chance to win,” Floyd said. “Kirksville, despite starting three sophomores, was the conference surprise as they went 8-4 in league play. Mexico won a tight battle over Moberly to claim the conference crown by one game.  The depth of the conference is very strong. Twelve out of the 14 players who were selected to the all-conference team were underclassmen and will return next season. Most teams will return three or four starters so I would anticipate another strong and tight conference race next season.”