The Boonville Hawks eighth grade basketball team captured the second place trophy in the Hoops Midwest Tournament in Jefferson City over the weekend by finishing 2-1.
The Hawks defeated the Columbia Hawks 52-32 in the first game and Centralia 50-36 in the semifinals. Meanwhile, in the championship, the Hawks fell to Jeff City Storm Elite 41-38.
Boonville Hawks coach Mark Waibel said the boys played very well with just two practices under their belt. “They had a slow start in all three games, but managed to pull off the win in the first and second game,” Waibel said. “In the championship game, we were down by 11 at halftime but came back and outscored them in the second half but still lost it by three to finish second. We head back to Jefferson City this weekend to play in the Hardwood Classics Battle for the Rings Tournament.”
In the opening game against the Columbia Hawks, Boonville held a 25-18 lead at the break and then outscored the Hawks 27-14 in the second half.
Will Cherrington led a balanced scoring attack for Boonville with 15 points along with six assists and three rebounds.
Memphis Waibel finished the game with 10 points, two assists and one rebound while DeAndre Wesolak added eight points and nine rebounds, Treveon Coleman seven points and three rebounds, Drew Sanders seven points and one assist, Jamesian McKee two points, six rebounds and two assists and Nash McKenzie with one point and three rebounds.
In the second game against Centralia, the Boonville Hawks again held a 25-16 advantage in the first half and a 25-20 lead in the second.
Cherrington again had the team-high for Boonville with 13 points, two assists and one rebound.
Coleman finished the game with nine points and five assists while Wesolak added six points, two rebounds and two assists, Sanders six points, one rebound and one assist, Waibel also with six points, DaWan Lomax five points, four rebounds and two assists, McKee five points, McKenzie one rebound and Chandler Stonecipher with one assist.
In the championship game, the Boonville Hawks trailed Jefferson City Storm Elite 21-11 at the half before rallying back with a 27-20 advantage in the second half to cut the lead to three.
Coleman led all scorers in the game for Boonville with 16 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Cherrington finished the game with 12 points, three rebounds and one assist while Wesolak chipped in six points, eight rebounds and one assist, Sanders three points and one rebound, Waibel one point and two assists and Lomax and McKee each with one rebound.