The Moberly boys eighth grade basketball team rallied from a four point deficit after three by outscoring the LSE Pirates 17-12 in the final period for a 53-52 victory Thursday night in Boonville.
The Pirates, dropping to 2-1 on the season, trailed Moberly 15-13 after first period’s end but then outscored the Spartans 27-21 in the middle two periods to go up 40-36 after three. Unfortunately for LSE, they were unable to get the stops when they needed to in the fourth quarter by allowing Moberly to hold a five point advantage for the one point victory.
LSE coach Curtis Walk said the boys played really hard tonight. “It’s hard to win a game with 27 turnovers and we were poised to win it,” Walk said. “We didn’t shoot very well from the foul line. Free throws and turnovers was the story tonight. Hard night to take for us but we’ll learn from this game and keep getting better each game.”
Jaisten Payne had 15 points and 10 steals for Moberly while Gage Lewis chipped in 12 points.
For LSE, DJ Wesolak finished the game with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Treveon Coleman tallied 21 points and six rebounds while Jamesian McKee added four points, 17 rebounds, five assists and three steals and DaWan Lomax with three points and six rebounds.
the Pirates also made just 17 of 33 shots from the foul line for 52 percent.
Moberly 7th (B) 33
LSE 22
The LSE boys seventh grade basketball team fell at home Thursday night against the Moberly Spartans by a score of 33-22.
The Pirates, dropping to 1-2 on the season, trailed Moberly 7-5 after one, 11-8 at the half and 20-17 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Moberly outscored LSE 13-5 to win the game by 11.
LSE seventh grade coach Doug Austin said he was very proud of the effort despite the loss.
“We probably played one of the best players we will see all year and we pretty much shut him down for three and a half quarters, then he took over in the end,” Austin said. “It was a very good team effort.  I thought the defense played well at times.  We need to get better at not giving away turnovers. And again, we really need to start working on executing and finishing our shots. We are getting a lot of open looks but can’t seem to get the ball to drop.  I thought Cameron Poulsen played an outstanding game, as well as Ethan Watson tonight coming off the bench.  Strong effort by everyone, hopefully our schedule will now start to get a little easier.  We have a big rivalry game Monday though against St Peter and Paul that everyone is excited for.”
Derius Wallace had 16 points and Collin Huffman 10 for Moberly.
For LSE, Cameron Poulsen had the team high with 10 points along with two rebounds and one rebound.
Jackson Johns finished the game with four points, seven rebounds and three steals while Ethan Watson added four points, three steals and two rebounds, Jordan Fishburn two points, five rebounds and one steal, Connor Acton two points, four rebounds and one steal, Garrett Hundley with two steals and two rebounds, Caidyn Hazel with two rebounds and one steal, Shane Chamberlain with three rebounds, Connor Rhorer with two rebounds and Blake Richardson, Edrissa Bah and Trent Maxwell each with one rebound.