The Boonville Pirates freshmen basketball team beat Fulton for the second time this season Monday night in the opening round of the Mexico Tournament by a score of 38-23.
The Pirates, improving to 3-2 on the season, outscored or matched Fulton in all four quarters and led 12-7 after one, 23-13 at the break and 28-18 after three. Meanwhile, in the final period, Boonville held a 10-5 advantage to win the game by 15.
“This was a great team win to get us back on track after losing a couple in a row,” said Boonville freshmen coach Paul Moore.  “We are continuing to get better on the defensive end of the court, and that showed tonight with being able to hold Fulton to single digits in every quarter.  Offensively, we kind of stalled a little bit in the third quarter due to some unnecessary turnovers, but we were pretty consistent for most of the night.  Playing against a zone defense naturally slows you down a little bit, but I was happy with the types of shots we were getting against Fulton’s zone.  We were able move the ball a little bit better tonight, which allowed us to beat the rotation and get some driving opportunities.  However, our mindset needs to always be that a strong defensive effort will allow us to win games even when we don’t have our full offensive capabilities, and that was the case tonight.  There was a lot of good things to build on for the second round matchup on Wednesday against Mexico.”  
Kayle Rice had 13 points to lead all scorers for Boonville. Lane West chipped in nine, Tyree Walters and Cody Garner five each and Axton Nease, Aidan Lemmons and Saylor Marquez each with two points.
For Fulton, Seth Saylor had six and AJ Henderson with five.