JV and freshmen teams also drop games against the Panthers

The Boonville Pirates basketball team will learn from Thursday night’s overtime loss against the Centralia Panthers.
Although the Pirates led by as much as seven going into the final period, head coach Jesse Oswald said credit goes to Centralia for finding a way to closeout the game while rallying back with a 18-11 advantage to tie the game at 65-all. Then, in overtime, the Panthers outscored Boonville 9-1 for a 74-66 victory.
The loss dropped the Pirates to 1-2 on the season.
Oswald said both teams wanted it.
“I didn’t question our intensity or hustle tonight, but we didn’t do as many things as we needed to find a way to win,” Oswald said. “We had a small lead for most of the first half and third quarter, but they were able to close the gap and we couldn’t put them away. Once again we struggled controlling the rebound game, giving up 13 offensive rebounds. And they really made us pay getting some extra looks and easy buckets off of that. They were also able to force 14 turnovers, which I know we are better than that.
“Some of them we were trying to push in transition and just got a little out of control which is fine, but we had too many errant passes. We’ve got to keep our poise better with pressure on us.  Defensively, we struggled keeping their point guard in front of us for much of the night, and when he got free and in the lane he did a great job creating for the rest of his teammates or going to the free throw line.  Again, a lot of credit goes to Centralia for sticking with it. I thought we wanted it just as bad as they did, but we couldn’t close it out. We had some key turnovers and mistakes down the stretch that took our momentum away and kept us from coming away with the victory.”
The Pirates started well enough while leading Centralia for the first-three quarters. Boonville took a 16-9 lead after first period’s end and a 38-33 advantage at the half. Then, in the third quarter, the Pirates outscored Centralia 16-14 to extend the lead to seven at 54-47. However, in the final period, Boonville couldn’t close the deal as Centralia rallied back with a 18-11 scoring edge to tie the game at 65-65. The Panthers also dominated the overtime period by holding Boonville to a single point.
As for the scoring, John Durant had 23 points and Guy Moran 17.
For Boonville, Ryan Beaver finished the game with 22 points and one steal.
Avery Reardon finished the game with 20 points, nine rebounds and one steal while Semaj Clark added seven points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals, Charlie Bronakowski five points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist, Clayton Gochenour five points and two rebounds, Malik Brazil four points, one rebound and one assist, Kyle Chrisman two points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist, Josh Chrisman one point, three assists and one rebound and Tramell Coleman with five assists and one rebound.
The Pirates also finished the game hitting 13 of 23 shots from the foul line and 25 of 54 from the field.
In the JV game, Centralia defeated Boonville 50-35.
The Pirates, 1-2 on the season, opened the first half down by 10 (25-15) before rallying back with a 25-20 advantage in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Brock Hill said this was a frustrating game because the shots just weren’t falling.  
“Centralia really built a lead in the second quarter and had a 10 point advantage by halftime,” Hill said. “Our guys fought back and reduced their lead to five by the end of the third.  In the fourth with time running out we were still down and we didn’t make plays down the stretch when we needed to.  We had to start fouling late in the game to stop the clock and hope for some misses.  Credit to Centralia because they hit their free throws.  Thirteen of their 18 fourth quarter points were scored at the line.  This game was really a lot closer than the final score showed.  Things just fell apart down the stretch late in the game.  We will get another shot at them Wednesday in the first round of the Southern Boone JV Boys Tournament.”
Max Hunter had 16 and Darek Wiss 10 for Centralia.
For Boonville’s JV, Charlie Bronakowski and Lane West each tossed in 10 while Tayshaun Bledsoe and Tyler Schuster added six each and Nathan Platt with three.
In the freshmen game, Centralia beat Boonville 51-26.
The Pirates, dropping to 2-1 on the season, trailed Centralia 32-11 at the half and 42-14 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Boonville rallied back with a 12-9 advantage.
Boonville freshmen coach Paul Moore said it was a bit of a rough night for the boys simply because there weren’t very many positive things to take away from this game, even in a loss.  
“Offensively, we didn’t take very good shots early and that’s what got us behind,” Moore said. “When we did start taking goods shots and getting to the rim, we really couldn’t finish anything.  Our overall shooting percentage as a team was very low for what we usually can do.  We had one of those nights where we just had a hard time making things happen.  Defensively, we didn’t have the effort or intensity to make up for a bad offensive outing.  
“On nights where we can’t make shots, we need to have a better mentality on defense and make sure we are getting stops.  However, we let our offensive issues get into our head a little bit and take our focus away from the defensive end. We struggled in our individual matchups, we weren’t getting in help side, and we also gave too many offensive rebounds.  Overall, it just seemed like a night where nothing clicked.  We need to put this one behind us since we have four games coming up in the next week.”
Max Hunter paced all scorers for Centralia with 14 points.
For Boonville, Tyree Walters, Aidan Lemmons and Cody Garner each had five points while Lane West and Kayle Rice added four points each and Gabe Greis with three points.