The Boonville Pirates freshmen basketball team fell in the semifinal round of the Mexico Wednesday night by losing to the host team 42-31.
The Pirates, dropping to 3-3 on the season, trailed Mexico by just one (7-6) after first period’s end but was outscored 7-2 in the second and 9-5 in the third to put the Bulldogs on top 27-13. Meanwhile, in the final period, Boonville rallied back with a 18-15 advantage to cut the lead to 11.
Boonville freshmen coach Paul Moore said this game was frustrating in that the boys did a lot of things right, but they can’t beat teams unless they make shots.  
“Tonight, we couldn’t make any shots,” Moore said. “There were many possessions where we were getting 3 or 4 looks and we couldn’t finish.  I need to do a better job of getting the boys as many shots in practice as possible so that we convert a higher percentage of our looks.  Defensively, I thought we had a pretty good outing considering our struggles on the offensive side.  We are continuing to get better on that side of the court, and that’s a pretty good positive to take away.  
“We were able to get some steals and pull within double digits in the fourth quarter, but we made too many mental mistakes late that put the game away for Mexico.  We need to do a better job of keeping ourselves under control and staying focused for all four quarters of the game.  We will now try to improve our offensive capabilities to get ready for the 3rd place game on Saturday morning.”
Raef Yager had 15 and Ty Price 10 for Mexico.
Boonville was led by Lane West with 14, Cody Garner 12, Axton Nease three and Kayle Rice two.