The Boonville Hawks eighth grade basketball team made good on its final game of the season.
Playing in the Hoops Midwest Tournament at Boonville High School on Saturday, March 10th, the Hawks finished a perfect 3-0 by beating Columbia Press 40-39, Wentzville Hawks 49-43 and Columbia Hawks 52-46.
Boonville Hawks coach Mark Waibel said the boys played very well together in this tournament.
“Everything was clicking and it was a good way for them to end their traveling team careers,” Waibel said. “I’ve coached most of these boys since third grade and they have all improved and came a long way over the last five years. I’m excited to see them all move on and play at the next level.”
In the opening game of the tournament against the Columbia Press, the Boonville Hawks had a battle on their hands while leading by just five (21-16) at the break. Columbia Press then came back and put a scare in Boonville by outscoring the Hawks 23-19 to make it a one point game.
Treveon Coleman had 16 points, two assists and one rebound to lead Boonville.
De’Andre Wesolak tossed in 11 points, four rebounds and one assist while Memphis Waibel chipped in six points and one assist, Jamesian McKee four points and four rebounds, Will Cherrington three points, four rebounds and four assists and Nash McKenzie with two rebounds.
In the second game, the Boonville Hawks led Wentzville 29-27 at the break and then outscored the Hawks 20-16 in the second half for the victory.
Wesolak led the scoring attack in the game for Boonville with 16 points and four rebounds.
Coleman finished the game with 13 points, six assists and two rebounds while McKee added nine points, five rebounds and two assists, Waibel nine points and one assist, and Cherrington with two points, two rebounds and one assist.
In the championship game, the Boonville Hawks led from the opening tip by outscoring the Columbia Hawks 26-18 in the first half. However in the second half, the Columbia Hawks held a slight advantage over Boonville by outscoring the Hawks by two at 28-26.
Wesolak had the game high for Boonville with 16 points along with six rebounds and one assist.
Coleman finished the game with 15 points, six assists and four rebounds while McKee chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double, Cherrington seven points, four rebounds and two assists and Waibel with two points and three assists.