Sam Esser sizzled the nets for a game-high 11 points to lead the Boonville Pirates freshmen basketball team past Fulton Monday night in Fulton by a score of 39-25.
The Pirates, 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the NCMC, opened the first half with a 16-3 lead against Fulton and then outscored the Hornets 23-22 in the second half for the victory.
Boonville freshmen coach Paul Moore said he thought this game was a great example of the way the boys are capable of playing.  
“We were tougher on the boards than we were last week, and we continued to push the tempo and win in transition,” Moore said. “I was very happy with the effort and aggressiveness that the boys displayed tonight.  Fulton had some good guard play, and they utilized their posts very well.  Our defensive scheme was able to limit their options and keep their shooting percentage low, which is our ultimate goal.  
“We want to be active and keep teams from getting wide open looks, and we did that very well tonight.  Our posts are continuing to get better and doing the little things that we need them to do, and our guard play is complementing it very well.  This was a great start to a long stretch of games over these next two weeks, and I think we will have some good momentum heading into Thursday night against Centralia.”
Nick Ferrari finished the game with nine points for Boonville while Josh Chrisman added six and Nathan Platt and Gabe Lorenz each with four.
For Fulton, Phillips had 11 points.