Boonville to play Centralia in semifinal on Thursday
The Boonville Pirates basketball team had its most impressive win to date Tuesday night in the opening round of the Centralia Invitational Tournament.
After dropping a heartbreaker last week against the Centralia Panthers in overtime, the Pirates left little doubt in a No. 3 versus No. 6 seed while leading Sturgeon from start to finish for a 74-43 victory.
Boonville, improving to 2-2 on the season, will play No. 7 Centralia in the semifinal round on Thursday starting at 7:30 p.m. The Panthers knocked off No. 2 Harrisburg Tuesday night by a score of 78-71.
In other games in the tournament, No. 1 Hallsville beat eighth-seeded Macon 94-69 while No. 4 North Callaway upended No. 5 Salisbury 67-45.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said this was a good win from start to finish.
“I thought we initially started slow on defense, but once we made some adjustments on their main player (Kenny Stone), we were able to shut them down offensively,” Oswald said. “I thought we did a better job on the boards tonight than we have been doing the past couple of games. On offense, we tried to work the ball and get some easy looks inside, which we had success with. I thought we tried to force a few things early on but we slowly began working the ball around and finding the guys inside.
“It didn’t matter if it was our post players or guards cutting, we were able to attack inside and score. This was a good win to open up the Centralia tournament, but now we will play the host school in the semi-finals, after they beat Harrisburg in a dogfight. They’ve already gotten us once and they come to play for an entire 32 minutes. We will have to match their intensity, hustle, and heart for 32 minutes if we want to win this time around.”
The Pirates were impressive Tuesday night, that’s for sure. While putting up a season-high 47 points in the first half to lead Sturgeon 47-20, Boonville came out in the second half and outscored the Bulldogs 27-23 for the victory.
Senior Avery Reardon finished the game with a double-double for Boonville with 17 points and 15 rebounds. He also had two assists and one steal. Ryan Beaver had 13 points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal while Clayton Gochenour added nine points, five rebounds and one assist, Semaj Clark eight points, one rebound and one assist, Kyle Chrisman seven points, five rebounds and one assist, Malik Brazil seven points, one rebound and one assist, Josh Chrisman five points and three steals, Kellen Brownfield four points and one assist, Ethan Waibel two points, four steals, two rebounds and two assists and Tramell Coleman with two points, five rebounds and one assist.
The Pirates also finished the game hitting 30 of 57 shots from the field for 53 percent and 8 of 12 from the foul line for 83 percent.
For Sturgeon, Kenny Stone had 15 points.