JV team beats Hannibal, 43-37
Starting the game with two turnovers on your first-two possessions is never a good sign.
But last night on the road against the Hannibal Pirates, the Boonville Pirates basketball team was able to overcome that and more to beat Hannibal in NCMC action by a score of 69-55.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 15-7 overall and 5-5 in the NCMC, head coach Scott Floyd said this was a really good win for the ballclub.
“It made the return home a lot sweeter knowing that we won and evened our conference record to 5-5,” Floyd said. “I was impressed with our team by battling back in the second half after a lackluster 1st half performance. Defensively we extended our zone and did not allow the Hannibal shooters many open looks from the three-point area. We also battled some foul trouble by our big men but we got a valuable performance from our bench in the tightly officiated game. We are getting better as a team at not allowing a lot of direct drive baskets. And we are also keeping our opponents off the foul line. At the same time, offensively, we are getting to the charity stripe and knocking down free throws. We actually went to our delay game with about 3:00 to go in the game and took advantage of being in the bonus.
“We hit 11 out of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. The kids are getting good at closing out games. This shows a lot of mental fortitude and GRIT by our kids. This should help us as district competition approaches. The guards did a nice job tonight of extending the zone and prohibiting Hannibal from getting to the lane for easy shots. Plus our defensive transition has been stellar. Teams do not get a lot of easy transition points against us. We have developed a mentality of not wanting to lose. I like this in our team.”
Despite a slow start, the Pirates battled back to lead Hannibal by one (15-14) after one. Meanwhile, in the second quarter, Boonville again outscored Hannibal 12-10 to lead at the half by a score of 27-24. The second half was no different than the first as Boonville came out in the third quarter and held a 19-14 advantage to extend the lead to eight at 46-38. Then, to closeout the game in the final period, the Pirates had their best scoring quarter of the contest by reeling off 23 points while holding Hannibal to just 17 for the 14-point victory.
Junior Riley Lang lit it up for the Pirates with 23 points along with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Alec Adair had 22 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals while Bryce Fuemmeler chipped in nine points, five assists, three rebounds and one steal, Jady Reese with six points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, Avery Reardon with five points and six rebounds and Tavious Brazil with four points, three rebounds and one steal.
For Hannibal, Dylan Powell had 16 and Kasen Rademan 11.
The Boonville Pirates also finished the game hitting 25 of 54 shots from the field for 46 percent and 13 of 19 from the foul line for 68 percent. Hannibal, meanwhile, converted on 6 of 9 shots from the foul line for 67 percent.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Hannibal 43-37.
The Pirates, improving to 14-4 overall and 8-2 in the NCMC, trailed Hannibal 13-6 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 37-24 advantage for the rest of the game for the victory.
Boonville JV coach Jesse Oswald said the Pirates had some extra motivation in this game because Hannibal was the only team they hadn’t beaten yet in conference.
“We came out rather sluggish and we had a hard time playing with energy,” Oswald said. “After we battled back in the second quarter, I felt we took control right out the gates at the start of the third quarter. We didn’t have anybody light it up tonight, but we did have balanced scoring which made it difficult for Hannibal to match up with us. We attacked from a lot of different angles offensively and I felt we wore them down. On defense, we switched between a couple of defenses and it kept them out of rhythm because they were constantly having to change things up. This was a good win and we hope to keep the momentum going into our last two games.”
Giovanni Strickland and Philip Udinyiwe led the attack for Boonville with eight points. Dylan Watson, Kyle Chrisman and Malik Brazil each had six points while Clayton Gochenour added five and Avery Reardon with four.
For Hannibal, Wyatt Waelder and John Trenhaile each had 11 points.