Loss drops Boonville to 8-13 overall
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald had one word to describe the second half Saturday against California in the consolation finals of the Southern Boone Classic: sloppy.
Although the Pirates led by three at the break 36-33, the second half was an entirely different story as the Pintos stormed back with a 46-35 advantage for a 79-71 victory.
Oswald said this was a tough loss.
“We got sloppy in the second half and played too fast for our own good,” Oswald said. “Defensively we have to find a way to either have a complete possession, or finish it out with a defensive rebound. Three or four guys playing solid defense and one or two not rotating allowed them to have open threes or inside buckets with no helpside tonight. Then when we would closeout a possession, we would miss an assignment on rebounding and it allowed them to capitalize on it. Offensively, when we beat their press and moved the basketball, we did a good job of finding the open man for some easy buckets. However, we also had too many turnovers in the second half. A lot of them were by trying to dribble through their press, or going away from what our press break should look like.
“When we executed, we attacked with three on two, two on one situations. Again, it came down to us getting a little too sloppy. We were fortunate to go on a couple runs in the second half to keep it close and put us within striking distance, but we never could crawl all the way back and take the lead. We need to focus on cleaning up our sloppy play, and maybe not always going as fast as possible. We had chances to execute a half-court offense at times, but we got too fast and we had some unforced turnovers.”
Oswald couldn’t complain with the first half as the Pirates outscored California in both periods 19-17 and 17-16. However in the second half, the Pintos rallied back with a 26-20 advantage in the third to go up 59-56. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, California again outscored Boonville 20-15.
Trystan Heese had 30 to lead all scorers for California. Isaac Ash chipped in 22 and Trey Porter with 13.
For Boonville, who dropped to 8-13 on the season, Semaj Clark finished the game with 15 points, five rebounds and one assist. Avery Reardon had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds along with two assists. Josh Chrisman also tossed in 13 points and dished out three assists while Clayton Gochenour added 10 points and five rebounds, Charlie Bronakowski seven points and one rebound, Malik Brazil five points, three assists and two rebounds, Kellen Brownfield five points, two rebounds and one assist and Tramell Coleman with two points and one rebound.
The Pirates also finished the game shooting 51 percent from the field and 71 percent from the foul line.