After winning three games in a row to reach the .500 mark, the Boonville Pirates basketball team reverted to its old self last night by dropping its second straight against the Moberly Spartans in NCMC action by a score of 65-43.
While dropping to 10-11 overall and 4-7 in the NCMC, the Pirates will have to regroup in a hurry tonight at home against the Mexico Bulldogs starting at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd said the team came out of the gate really cold from the field.
“We were getting good shots but they simply would not fall,” Floyd said. “Once we started to score and find our confidence, we were able to compete. Moberly is very athletic which caused us problems. Moberly is also very physical defensively as they controlled both the offensive and defensive glass to out-rebound us on the night. I give a lot of credit to Moberly, they are a very good team. However, I was extremely proud of our kids for continuing to battle on the night even though we were down.
“A 12-0 run in the first quarter and another 10-0 run in the third quarter by Moberly was the difference in the game. For the most part, we were able to handle the Spartan press and limit them to very few transition buckets. But when our shots did not fall, it was difficult to cut into the lead. Like I have said before, we are continually getting better as a team and show progress. We continue to get good effort from our kids which is what a coach likes to see at the end of the season.”
The Pirates never had a chance against the first-place Spartans, who led 17-6 after one, 30-24 at the half and 52-37 after three quarters of play. Moberly also outscored Boonville 13-6 in the final period to win by 22.
As for the scoring in the game for Moberly, Tanner Wetrich tossed in 20, J’von Spiller 13 and Alshaun Oliver with 11.
For Boonville, Riley Lang had 12 points and four rebounds. DeAundre Lewis finished the game with a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds along with one assist and one steal while Bryce Fuemmeler added 10 points, one assist and one steal, Tavious Brazil with six points, five rebounds and one steal, Clayton Lang with five points, four rebounds and one assist, Alec Adair with two assists and Dalton Hodge with one rebound.
The Pirates also finished the game shooting 35 percent from the field and 42 percent from the foul line.
In the junior varsity game, Moberly defeated Boonville by a score of 56-46.
The Pirates, dropping to 8-11 overall and 3-7 in the NCMC, led Moberly 16-10 after first period’s end but was outscored 21-7 in the second quarter to trail at the half by a score of 31-23. The Spartans also held a 38-21 scoring edge in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Jesse Oswald said this was another game where they started hot and on top and then slowed down and didn’t continuously bring the intensity they needed.
“Moberly has a very athletic team and we caused a lot of problems for them early on,” Oswald said. “We moved the basketball really well and got some easy shots. Defensively we also had them frustrated with a contained press and held them to a lot of one shot opportunities early on. In the second quarter we got into a little foul trouble and it allowed them to go on a run and take the lead before half. The second half was a lot like the second quarter as they stayed hot and we couldn’t match what they were doing.”
Gage Mast had 16 points and Alec Bates 12 for Moberly.
For Boonville, Nick Zeitlow tossed in 12 points, Giovanni Strickland 11, Christian Burns 10, Jordan Weaver nine and Makiah Waibel and Ryan Sprigg each with two points.