The Boonville boys freshmen basketball team had a great start but a not so great finish while losing to Father Tolton Saturday at the Windsor gymnasium by a score of 48-36.
The Pirates, dropping to 2-2 on the season, outscored Father Tolton 26-23 in the first half but only managed a total of 10 points in the final-two periods to suffer the loss.
The Blazers held a 25-10 advantage over Boonville in the second half.
Boonville boys freshmen coach Paul Moore said this was a frustrating game simply because they played very well for three quarters and put themselves in a position to win against a very good basketball team, but made a lot of mistakes in the fourth quarter.  
“Our defensive effort was much better than the last game out, and I was happy that we were able to keep most of their offense in check,” Moore said. “However, Krebs had a really nice game for Father Tolton.  He shot the ball well wherever he was on the court, even when we closed out and got a hand in his face.  Tolton also went to a zone defense in the second half that slowed our offense down a bit, and we just couldn’t recover.  
“We missed a lot of easy looks down the stretch and had way too many turnovers, and they were able to ice it in the end with free throws when we had to start fouling. Father Tolton was able to hit shots when it mattered most, and we couldn’t do the same.  However, the effort and intensity was better than it was against Centralia, especially on the defensive end.  We hope to build on that heading into the Mexico freshmen tournament next week.”
Nathaniel Krebs had the game-high for Father Tolton with 23 points. Jared Sholt chipped in eight.
For Boonville, Lane West finished the game with 10 points. Saylor Marquez and Tyree Walters added eight while Cody Garner chipped in six and Kayle Rice and Aidan Lemmons each with two.