Pirates finish the season at 19-9 overall

The Barstow Knights basketball team proved without a doubt why they are the Class 3 defending state champions Wednesday night against Boonville in sectional play at Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia.
With three Division I players taking the floor against Boonville, the Knights left little doubt while leading the Pirates from start to finish for a convincing 84-37 victory.
While the loss closed out Boonville’s season at 19-9 overall, head coach Scott Floyd said Barstow is a really good, athletic team.
“The Knights have played in the last two state championship games and are helped by having three Division I caliber players on their team,” Floyd said. “Defensively Barstow makes it very difficult to run a smooth half-court offense. And offensively they have a nice blend of inside players to compliment their outstanding guard play. I felt that our kids competed and battled for 32 minutes tonight. We were just out-played by a better team. Give Barstow credit, they are a disciplined team and a very talented team. That combination is hard to beat in high school basketball.”
It’s also hard to beat a starting lineup, which consists of 6’-7”, 6’-6” and 6’-2” along with a 5’-8” point-guard who may be the best  of all five.
Nonetheless, the Pirates gave it their all for 32 minutes and never led in the ballgame as Bartow went up 29-11 after one. The Knights also had all five starters score in the first quarter along with three different runs of nine, seven and six points.
The second quarter was pretty much like the first with the Knights holding a 16-6 scoring edge to lead at the break 45-17.
Barstow also closed out the first half on a 8-0 run.
Already trailing by 28 after two quarters, the Pirates battled back  with a 6-2 run to start the second half. But even that was short-lived as Barstow rallied back with 13 straight during a two-minute stretch to extend the lead to 37 at 60-23.
The Knights also outscored Boonville 28-16 in the third period to push the lead to 40 at 73-33. Meanwhile, with a running clock to start the final period, Bartow came out outscored Boonville 11-4.
Jeriah Horne, who has committed to Nebraska, led four players in double figures for Barstow, 25-3, with 24 points. Jacob Gilyard, a University of Alabama-Birmingham commit, tossed in 19 while Tripp Walsworth added 14 and Shea Rush, a North Carolina commit, with 12.
For Boonville, Tavious Brazil finished the game with 11 points, four rebounds and one assist.
Riley Lang added 10 points, four rebounds and two assists while Bryce Fuemmeler knocked down nine points along with three assists and two rebounds, Alec Adair with five points, Jady Reese with two points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal and Avery Reardon and Giovanni Strickland each with two rebounds.
Boonville also finished the game hitting 14 of 35 shots from the field for 40 percent and 5 of 12 from the foul line for 42 percent.
Coach Floyd said the entire season should not be judged by this one game.
“We were able to win 19 games, win two tournament championships and beat two ranked teams,” Floyd said. “The senior’s legacy is strong as they were able to win a district championship and then add another to their collection this year. They were able to elevate this program to new heights. I feel we are now a respected program and one that will be able to compete in the upcoming years. Bryce Fuemmeler, Ta’Vious Brazil, Jady Reese and Jordan Weaver were able to turn a 4-19 season during their sophomore year into two outstanding consecutive seasons, where they won 33 games and won three tournament championships over the last two years. These seniors will be sorely missed not only on the court but in the lockerroom where they displayed great leadership and showed GRIT on a night basis. Their success will carry over to the upcoming classes who wear a Boonville uniform. I could not be prouder of this team. They were a joy to coach and I was able to form lasting relationships with this group of fine young men. Though this season is over, I am extremely excited to start next year and continue the success of the Boonville Basketball Program.”