The Boonville Hawks seventh grade basketball team captured the championship in the Hardwood Classic-Rings Tournament sponsored by BC Basketball in Jefferson City over the weekend.
The Hawks, who finished the tournament at 4-1, opened tournament play against Jeff City Elite on Saturday and came away with a 67-23 win.
While playing two 18 minute halves with running clock, the Hawks outscored JC Elite 37-9 in the first half and 30-14 in the second.
DeAndre Wesolak and Will Cherrington each had 16 points in the game for Boonville. Wesolak also finished the game with eight rebounds and four assists while Cherrington had three rebounds and two assists.
DaWan Lomax also finished the game in double figures with 12 points and five rebounds while Treveon Coleman added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists, Drew Sanders with five points and one rebound, Memphis Waibel with four points and six assists, Jamesian McKee with three points, six rebounds and two assists and Chandler Stonecipher with two assists and one rebound.
In the second game against the Jeff City Storm, the Hawks dropped a heartbreaker in overtime 41-39.
The Storm led Boonville 15-14 at the end of the half but was outscored 23-22 in the second half to forge a tie at 37-all. Meanwhile, in overtime, the Storm held a 4-2 advantage against the Hawks.
Wesolak finished the game with a double-double for Boonville with 13 points and 17 rebounds along with four assists.
Sanders had 15 points, two rebounds and one assist while McKee chipped in four points and five rebounds, Cherrington with two points and three rebounds, Lomax with two points and two rebounds, Waibel with two points and one rebound and Coleman with one point and five rebounds.
Of course the Hawks had a much better outcome in Game 3 while beating the Jeff City Knights Gold team 41-35.
But even then the win didn’t come easy as the Knights led 21-16 at the half only to be outscored by Boonville 25-14 in the second half.
Coleman paced all scorers in the game for Boonville with 14 points along with four rebounds and one assist.
Sanders finished the game with 11 points and two rebounds while Wesolak added nine points and eight rebounds, Waibel with three points, Cherrington with two points, three rebounds and two assists, McKee with two points, three rebounds and one assist and Lomax with four rebounds and one assist.
While drawing the No. 2 seed after pool play, the Boonville Hawks came back and avenged their only loss by beating the JC Storm by a score of 34-33.
The Hawks trailed the Storm 17-10 at the half before rallying back with a 24-16 advantage in the second half.
Boonville head coach Mark Waibel said this was a tough game. “We were down by seven at half and battled back to win by one,” Waibel said. “Good rebounding helped with the win.”
Wesolak had the high game for Boonville with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Coleman finished the game with nine points, seven rebounds and one assist while Waibel had seven points and one assist, Cherrington with two points, three rebounds and two assists, Sanders two points and three rebounds, Lomax one point and two rebounds, McKee two rebounds and Stonecipher with one rebound.
In the championship game, the Boonville Hawks pulled out that game as well by beating the Hannibal Rebels 55-53.
The Hawks led Hannibal 30-28 at the half and then matched the Rebels with 25 points in the second half.
Wesolak was the leading scorer in the game for Boonville with 21 points along with 12 rebounds and two assists.
Sanders finished the game with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists while Coleman added eight points and four rebounds, Cherrington five points, five rebounds and two assists, Lomax four points and four rebounds, McKee four points and one assist, Waibel three points and two assists and Stonecipher with one rebound.
Waibel said the kids fought back. “We were down at the half in two of the games on Sunday and the kids just played with all their heart,” Waibel said.