Cautiously optimistic.
That’s how Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said he felt going into Wednesday night’s Jamboree at the Windsor gymnasium.
While hosting Camdenton, Moberly and Fayette in the Jamboree, the Pirates wound up finishing 2-1 by beating Camdenton 28-16 and  Fayette 33-17 and losing to Moberly 29-24.
Boonville will open the season for real on Monday, Nov. 20th at California starting at 5 p.m.
On the Jamboree on Wednesday, Oswald said all in all he was pleased with the overall effort on both ends.
“I have 12 guys ready to play at any time and whenever their names were called, they gave full effort,” Oswald said. “All I can ask is they play their hardest and execute and I felt we did that for our first time out. I know we have worked hard across the board, coaches and players both, and I wanted to make sure everything we worked on transitioned over to a game like situation. You know we talk about and we plan about making practices as game like as possible, but it’s different when you see a different jersey across from you.
“I thought our defense was solid tonight. The kids made some key adjustments throughout the games to get better on defense, and we started getting deflections and steals leading to some easy buckets. I feel we do need to put more pressure on the ball handler, and if we get beat, work on sprinting to get in front of them before they get to the paint. We also struggled at times with a weak side cutter. These are all fixable things we can work on over the next 3 days and get prepared for our season opener at California. Offensively, I felt we were on a roller coaster at times. We struggled to run a few sets, but when we did I felt we got the shots we wanted and attacked the way we needed to.”
The Pirates opened the Jamboree against Camdenton and outscored the Lakers 18-7 in the first quarter and 10-9 in the second. Meanwhile, in the second game against Moberly, the Spartans won the first period 20-14 only to have Boonville win the second 10-9 on a tip in by Semaj Clark at the buzzer. In the final game, Boonville outscored Fayette 11-10 and 22-7.