The Boonville boys junior varsity basketball team captured the championship in the Mexico JV Tournament over the weekend by beating the host team for the title 72-47.
The Pirates, improving to 11-5 on the season, opened the tournament with a 11-5 win over North Callaway.
Boonville also led the Thunderbirds from start to finish by taking a 28-14 lead in to the half and then outscored North Callaway 31-14 in the final-two periods.
Boonville JV coach Jesse Oswald said there wasn’t one aspect of this game that they didn’t take control of. “We were able to be aggressive on defense and force turnovers and quick shots, which led to some easy run outs and open layups. For a brief timeframe, I felt we weren’t attacking the glass like we should have been, but other than that, we played extremely well.”
Avian Thomas had the game-high for Boonville with 13 points. Josh Chrisman chipped in nine, Trae Williams seven, Tramell Coleman and Kyle Chrisman each with six, Jaylen Butner, Tyler Schuster, Dylan Barnthouse and Tayshawn Bledsoe each with four and Kellen Brownfield with two.
North Callaway was led by Tanner Taylor with 10.
In the championship game against Mexico, the Pirates left little doubt while bolting out to a 39-27 halftime lead and then outscoring the Bulldogs 33-20 in the second half.
Oswald said this was another game the Pirates took control of.
“After splitting the season series 1-1, this was a game we really wanted to come back and get, and it was obvious we were the better, more aggressive team,” Oswald said. “This was by far the best game we have played all season. I thought we were patient on offense and dissected whatever defense they tried to throw at us. Defensively, we moved really well and held them to a lot of one shot possessions. I couldn’t have been more proud of the way we played today, in particular  this game. We definitely wanted this game more than they did and it showed. From start to finish we dominated and it allowed us to have more fun and freedom throughout the game.”
Avian Thomas again led the scoring attack with 17 points. Kyle Chrisman added 16, Josh Chrisman 10, Trae Williams eight, Tayshawn Bledsoe six, Tramell Coleman and Kellen Brownfield four each, Dylan Barnthouse three and Nathan Platt and Tyler Schuster each with two.
Mexico was led by Tyler Talley with 14.