Pirates fall to 15-9 overall and 7-4 in NCMC

The Boonville Pirates basketball team will have to wait until next year for another shot at the Moberly Spartans after falling Tuesday night in Moberly 52-50.
After dropping the first meeting against the Spartans in Boonville, the Pirate seniors knew this would be their last chance to knock off a team they have yet to beat in their high school careers.
Unfortunately for Boonville, that streak will continue as the Spartans held off a rally by the Pirates in the final period for the two-point victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 15-9 overall and 7-4 in the NCMC, head coach Scott Floyd said his team played really well defensively in this game.
“Early on Moberly was able to get some easy inside buckets but our kids adjusted and were able to play Moberly even throughout the remainder of the game,” Floyd said. “We were able to contain the outside shooting of Moberly for the most part. Offensively, we were able to get into sets and run a good offense. However, we had some untimely turnovers late in the game that ultimately cost us. With 2.2 seconds left in the game, we had a side out of bounds play that could have tied or won the game. But a turnover on the inbounds pass allowed the time to expire and we were not able to get a look at the basket.”
Floyd went on to say the untimely turnovers can be attributed to the inexperience at the guard slot.
“I thought we did a decent job on the night playing with a sophomore and a freshman at point,” Floyd said. “Those kids did a nice job in the absence of our starting point. This game was a back and forth battle all night long where neither team could sustain much of a lead. I am very proud of our effort on the night where we spotted Moberly an 11-2 advantage in the opening minutes of the game. We eventually were able to re-take the lead and play well on the road which is a very encouraging sign. Playing in a close game on the road in conference play will make us a better team in the long run. We still continue to play good basketball and as a coach this is what you want in a ballclub heading into district play next week.”
Savian Thorne had 20 points and Calvin Davis to lead all scorers for Moberly.
For Boonville, Riley Lang finished the game with 30 points along with six rebounds and two assists. Ryan Beaver chipped in seven points, one rebound, one assist and one steal while Nick Zeitlow added six points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, Avery Reardon with three points, four rebounds and one steal, Dylan Watson two points, two assists and one rebound, Brandon Johnson two points, two rebounds and one steal and Avian Thomas with one rebound and one assist.
The Pirates also finished the game hitting 18 of 40 shots from the field for 45 percent and 8 of 11 from the foul line for 73 percent.
The news was much better in the junior varsity game as Boonville defeated Moberly 53-36.
The Pirates, improving to 14-5 overall and 8-3 in the NCMC, opened the first half with a 31-15 lead against Moberly and then outscored the Spartans 22-20 in the final-two periods.
Boonville JV coach Jesse Oswald said the boys played really good basketball and it's a shame it is coming to an end.  
“We came into this game riding a 9 game winning streak,” Oswald said. “We are playing really good team basketball.  Our defense has really come around and we are forcing many turnovers and a lot quick one shot possessions.  Offensively we are unselfish and finding different ways and different people to score every night.”
Kyle Chrisman had the team-high for Moberly with 11 points. Tyler Schuster tossed in 10 points while Josh Chrisman added seven, Avian Thomas, Dylan Barnthouse and Nathan Platt each with six points, Trae Williams five and Tramell Coleman with two.
Moberly was led by Trey Kaester with 17 points.