Improve to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the NCMC

Hard fought win.
That’s how Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald described Thursday night’s 74-62 win over the Moberly Spartans in NCMC action at Moberly.
While recording their first conference win of the season in three games, the Pirates also evened their season record to 4-4 overall.
“I was kind of speechless right after the game tonight and I could only say it was a HARD, FOUGHT WIN,” said Boonville boys coach Jesse Oswald.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the way we came out tonight and executed.  Offensively and defensively both. I know it has been at least four years since we have beaten Moberly, maybe longer and it felt good to go on the road and come away with a victory. Moberly has two really good scorers, and we were able to lockdown defensively on their top scorer and hold him to only seven points. We also only held them to five offensive rebounds, and that is an area we have struggled in. Our game plan was on defense was simple; prevent their scorers from going off, and keep all of their guys from getting into a rhythm, and I felt we did that. The shots their top guns made were definitely earned, often with a set or two of hands in their faces. Offensively we wanted to move the ball and be patient. We also tried to exploit some of their defensive tendencies and we were able to do that early getting some open looks from the three point line and then also attacking inside.”
Whatever the Pirates did, it worked. While outscoring Moberly in all but the fourth quarter, Boonville managed to maintain a comfortable lead while taking a 14-9 advantage after one and a 34-23 cushion into the half. The Pirates also held a 23-16 scoring edge in the third quarter to push the lead to 18 at 57-39. Moberly was able to cut into the lead in the fourth period by outscoring Boonville 23-17.
As for the scoring in the game for Boonville, Avery Reardon finished the game with a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Semaj Clark also had his best game to date with 19 points, four rebounds and two assists while Ryan Beaver added 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal, Clayton Gochenour seven points and four rebounds, Josh Chrisman four points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists, Ethan Waibel four points, two steals and one rebound, Tramell Coleman two points, two rebounds and one steal, Kyle Chrisman two points and one rebound and Charlie Bronakowski with three rebounds.
The Pirates also finished the game hitting 29 of 57 shots from the field for 51 percent and 12 of 22 from the foul line for 55 percent.
Oswald said he thought Avery Reardon had one of his best games offensively, shooting 9-14 from the field.
“Semaj Clark has stepped up big over the last few games and is finding a rhythm, scoring 19 points tonight on 8-11 shooting while locking down on their best scorer,” Oswald said. “Teams are really starting to key in on Ryan Beaver and Avery Reardon, who are both efficient scorers, and Semaj is making it tough for other teams to not leave him. At halftime I let them know it was probably the best half we have played all year long, and we didn’t have a letdown during the second half. We are still struggling with recognizing the press and seeing where to beat it at. First half we did a great job at beating it and scoring. Second half was a little different as they kind of threw a run n jump at us. Eventually we did start to take care of it and find the openings.
“We will also be shooting free throws the next three or four practices because it’s an area we will have to improve in so we can close out some of these games.  This team is playing extremely hard and it’s nice to have a win going into Christmas break. We will start cleaning up some of our small mistakes to improve upon before we play again at the Moberly Community College shootout on December 30th against a very good and bigger Warrenton team.”
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Moberly 47-43 to complete the sweep for the Pirates,
Boonville’s JV, 2-4 overall and 2-0 in the NCMC, trailed Moberly at the half 24-23 but then outscored the Spartans 24-19 in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Brock Hill said this was a good win for the team. “We played much better offensively with contributions from almost everybody. It’s always good to get a conference win on the road.”
Nick Ferrari had 11 points to lead all scorers for Boonville. Lane West chipped in nine, Gabe Lorenz eight, Brock Nowlin six, Gage Sprigg five, Tayshaun Bledsoe four and Tyler Schuster and Ethan Huntsperger with two.
For Moberly, Miller had 14 and Stoneking and Connor Stice each with 10.