The Boonville Pirates basketball team put all its money in the hat Friday night in the semifinal round of the Class 3 District 13 Tournament at Cole Camp.
With a up and down first half, which saw the Pirates commit 12 turnovers and allow California to cut into a eight point deficit, Boonville came out with almost a flawless second half to beat the Pintos by 20, 68-48.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said the Pirates controlled this game from start to finish.
“We allowed their full-court pressure to bother us some in the second quarter and we turned it over some, but we calmed down and made some adjustments at halftime,” Oswald said. “The main thing was to concentrate on breaking their press and slowing down. Our half-court offense was working, but when we continued to go 100 miles an hour after breaking their press, we sometimes struggled. I felt California struggled to stop us in the half-court, so we tried to make them come out and guard and then we attacked from the wings and corners until we got the ball inside and got the buckets we needed.
“Defensively, we forced them into some turnovers and quick shots they weren't comfortable with, and they never got into a rhythm. Even when they got the shots they wanted, they were already so frustrated and out of rhythm that they still struggled. This had the makings of a game that we could lose a hold of late, but we stayed poised and kept rolling and didn't make the young mistakes we've made all year.”
The Pirates almost played their way out of the game at times in the first half with 10 turnovers alone in the second quarter.
But at the same time, Boonville also had some good moments while leading California 19-16 after one on 8 of 14 shooting. The Pirates also went from trailing 14-12 at the 2:04 mark in the first to go on a 7-0 run to lead 19-14 with 31 seconds left.
The second quarter, however, is a different story. The Pirates still outscored California 14-11 but also fumbled the ball away due to the Pintos pressure. What was once a eight point lead at 31-23 after a three by freshman Charlie Bronakowski was cut to four (31-27) with 27 seconds left. Then, with 5.6 seconds remaining in the half, senior Avery Reardon gave Boonville a late basket to push the lead back up to six.
The Pintos never had a chance after that as Boonville came out with a 18-14 advantage in the third to extend the lead to 10 at 51-41. Although California opened the game with a three to cut the lead to three at 33-30, it was pretty much all Boonville after that with a 8-0 run during a two minute stretch early to go up 41-30. But just like the Pirates have done all season either in the third or fourth quarter, they allowed California to cut into the lead with a 7-0 run to make it 44-39.
Boonville outscored California 7-2 for the rest of the quarter to up the lead back to 10.
The Pintos had no chance after that as Boonville again hit double digits by outscoring California 17-7 to win by 20. Reardon and Bronakowski combined for 12 of the team’s 17 points in the fourth.
Reardon also had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the game while Bronakowski added 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Tramell Coleman also clanked in 10 points and three rebounds while Clayton Gochenour chipped in eight points, four rebounds and two assists, Semaj Clark with seven points, five assists and four rebounds, Lane West three points and one rebound, Josh Chrisman two points, five assists and two rebounds, Kyle Chrisman two points and one rebound, Kellen Brownfield two assists and one rebound and Malik Brazil with one rebound and one assist.
For California, Trystan Hees had 18 points.