Pirates drop to 4-7 overall and 1-4 in NCMC
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said two facets of the game led to the Pirates demise Friday night in NCMC action against the Marshall Owls.
While dropping a 59-45 decision against the Owls, Oswald said turnovers and rebounding kept the Pirates out of this game.
The loss dropped Boonville to 4-7 overall and 1-4 in the NCMC.
“I felt the first half we could have gone on a run and built a sizeable lead, but our turnovers prevented that from happening,” Oswald said. “We were shooting about 60% in the first half, but we also had nine turnovers, and they capitalized on over half of those. In the second half we took care of it a little bit better, but we gave them second, third, and fourth chances to get scores. Both of those things have been our achilles heel this year, and we’ve got to find a way to fix these things.
“When we take care of it, we are usually a highly efficient scoring team. On the defensive end, I thought our intensity was picked up a little bit, but we were still slow to rotate and close out possessions. Offensively, we couldn’t find the basket in the fourth quarter. This was a physical game from start to finish and we didn’t keep up with their physicality. We’ve got guys who can get this done, but it starts with work in practice. If we aren’t going to come to work, then the season will not get any easier.”
The Pirates were every bit as good early on while leading Marshall 14-12 after one. However, in the second quarter like Oswald said, the turnovers began to show its ugly face as the Owls went from trailing 24-20 with 2:36 left in the half to lead 27-24 with 1:18 remaining.
Marshall also held a 22-13 advantage in the second to go into the half on top 34-27.
However in the third quarter, Boonville began to find its way back to the basket and had the lead down to two on three different occasions at 39-37, 41-39 and 43-41.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they still trailed Marshall 45-41 after three quarters of play.
Boonville never got any closer in the ballgame while scoring only four points in the final period with one field goal and two free throws. The Owls, meanwhile, put up 14 points in the quarter and led by as much as 14 (57-43) with 59 seconds left in the game.
As for the scoring, Jaylen Varner had 19 points and Jace Lance with 11.
For Boonville, Ryan Beaver finished the game with 16 points and two rebounds. Avery Reardon added 13 points and nine boards while Semaj Clark chipped in six points, five rebounds and one assist, Charlie Bronakowski five points, seven rebounds and one assist, Clayton Gochenour two points and two rebounds, Ethan Waibel two points and one assist and Josh Chrisman with one point.
The Pirates also finished the game shooting both 38 percent from the field and free throw line.