Improve to 15-8 overall and 7-3 in NCMC

Boonville senior Riley Lang had little clue that he was about to have a big night against the Marshall Owls Friday night in NCMC action at the Windsor gymnasium.
Having already broke the record for most points in a career back on January 27th against the Mexico Bulldogs, Lang added another record to his list of accomplishments on Friday by scoring a career-high 46 points to lead the Pirates past Marshall 87-72.
Justin Alberts held the previous record of 45 points back in 2000.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 15-8 overall and 7-3 in the NCMC, head coach Scott Floyd said this was a very special night for the basketball team.
“We get a packed crowd for Courtwarming Night, get a conference win, and Riley Lang was able to break the BHS single game scoring record with his 46 point performance,” Floyd said. “As a team we shot a blistering .633 from the field.  We were able to do this with a lot of runouts, unselfish play and great rebounding by our big guys.  It was an outstanding total team effort.  The kids were excited to play in front of the big crowd and were able to feed off that energy.”
More like devour as the Pirates opened the first quarter with a 19-12 lead and then outscored Marshall 24-19 in the second to go up by 12 at the break 43-31. The second half was pretty much like the first as Boonville outscored Marshall 44-41 to win by 15.
Floyd said even though the Pirates gave up 72 points, he was very happy with the defensive effort.  
“We boxed out much better and we were able to close out on shooters throughout the game,” Floyd said. “That makes a huge difference in winning a ballgame.  We have put up some big numbers the last two games.  I feel as though the kids are peaking at the right time as we head into district play.  We struggled a bit last week in the Southern Boone Tournament, but we rebounded very well this week as we had 2 home games and the kids did a much better job of paying attention to detail in practice and in games.  We have 2 tough conference games next week to close out the regular season.  But we are playing much better and our kids look forward to the challenges that both Moberly and Kirksville represent.”
To go along with his 46 point effort, Lang also had seven rebounds, five assists and one steal in the game for Boonville.
Ryan Beaver finished the game with 14 points, three assists and two steals while Nick Zeitlow added 12 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal, Avery Reardon nine points, six rebounds and one assist, Alec Adair six points, three assists and one steal, Tramell Coleman with one assist and one steal and Dylan Watson with one rebound.
For Marshall, Jace Lance had 27, Jaylen Varner 16 and Gage Lewis with 10.
Boonville also finished the game shooting 63 percent from both the field and free-throw line. Marshall was 8 of 16 from the foul line for 50 percent.
In the junior varsity game, Boonville defeated Marshall by a score of 63-30.
The Pirates, 13-5 overall and 7-3 in the NCMC, opened the first quarter with a 16-14 lead against Marshall and then outscored the Owls 16-4 in the second to make it 32-18 at the half. Boonville never looked back from that point on in the ballgame by outscoring Marshall 31-12 in the final-two periods.
Boonville JV coach Jesse Oswald said once again the defense was the reason they were able to dominate this game.  
“Back and forth game for about five minutes and we started to apply a lot of pressure and force some turnovers and quick shots,” Oswald said. “Offensively, once we got into the flow of the game, we began getting everything we wanted.  Tyler Schuster has really stepped up his game, and tonight was no difference.  He started hitting some shots and forcing some turnovers on defense.  Kellen Brownfield and Jaylen Butner did a great job of reading some cross court passes they were trying to make and forced more turnovers.  This was really something that started fueling everybody else, and made everyone else play better.  Another great win and we look to close out our season strong with 2 more games next week; at Moberly on Tuesday and at home against Kirksville on Tuesday.”
Tyler Schuster led a balanced scoring attack for Boonville with 15 points. Avian Thomas chipped in 12, Kyle Chrisman nine, Kellen Brownfield six, Trae Williams, Josh Chrisman, Jaylen Butner and Tramell Coleman each with four, Dylan Barnthouse three and Tayshawn Bledsoe with two.
Marshall was led by Ty McDonald with nine points.