That’s 2-for-2 for the Boonville Pirates basketball team.
After dispatching the California Pintos in the season opener last week in Boonville, the Pirates did one better Monday night at home against Mexico by beating the Bulldogs in the conference opener by a score of 69-50.
The Pirates, who improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the NCMC, outscored Mexico in all four quarters of play and finished the game with seven players in the scoring column.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd said he felt the team won the game tonight based on their defense.  
“We out-rebounded the Bulldogs, plus we had 13 steals,” Floyd said. “We also kept Mexico from driving the ball on us which is their strength.  The length of our zone kept them from running offense.  We also eliminated a lot of their pick-n-roll action.  Offensively, we never got into a rhythm.   A lot of our buckets came on transition, which is good.  The kids aren’t shooting the ball very well at this early part of the season.  However, that part of our game, which is strong, will come once we get more game experience.”
It looked pretty good Monday night as seniors Riley Lang and Alec Adair combined for 48 of the team’s 69 points.
Lang led all scorers with 28 points along with four rebounds, two assists and one steal while Adair had 20 points, seven steals, two assists and one rebound.
Ryan Beaver finished the game with six points, two rebounds and one steal while Nick Zeitlow added five points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists, Avery Reardon four points and eight rebounds, Gio Strickland four points and three rebounds, Brandon Johnson two points and four rebounds, Clayton Gochenour two rebounds and Dylan Watson and Kyle Chrisman each with one rebound.
For Mexico, Tyler Spargo had 16 points and Isaac Troy 12.
The game also had some exciting moments with a total of four technicals called: three by Mexico and one by Boonville.
Nonetheless after each quarter, the Pirates extended their lead over Mexico while going up 16-11 after one and 32-20 at the break.
However the biggest different in the ballgame may very well have been at the foul line as the Pirates converted on 20 of 40 shots for 50 percent compared to just 9 of 18 for Mexico for 50 percent.
“Even though we were able to get to the foul line 40 times tonight, we only converted on 20 trips,” Floyd said.  “We need to shore up our free throw shooting.  Mexico played very physical but I thought we were able to match that with hustle and rebounding.  We limited the opponent to very few second chance opportunities.  Overall I was very pleased with our effort.  We got a conference win against a quality opponent. Anytime you can start the conference season with a win is a positive.
Of course there were other positives such as the third quarter as Boonville came out to start the second half by outscoring Mexico 19-15 to lead 51-35.
Lang and Adair also led the Pirates with eight points each in the third for 16 of the team’s 19 points.
The Bulldogs never got any closer than 16 points in the fourth while Boonville led by as much as 22 after a putback by Lang at the 3:06 mark to make it 62-40.
The Pirates also outscored Mexico 18-15 in the final period to win by 19.
As for the Boonville boys junior varsity basketball team, they lost a heartbreaker against Mexico by a score of 43-42.
The Pirates, dropping to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the NCMC, trailed Mexico 24-19 at the half and 32-26 after three quarters of play before rallying with a 16-11 advantage in the final period to cut the lead to one.
Boonville junior varsity coach Jesse Oswald said the boys played a quality, experienced opponent tonight.
“I felt our inexperience got the best of us,” Oswald said.  “There were many things that didn’t go our way tonight, and I felt the team struggled to put those things past us.  Offensively we started off strong and got many easy buckets and looks inside.  However, we struggled after the first quarter.  We got into some heavy foul trouble in the second quarter and we were forced to do some different things.  
“In the third quarter I thought we played better defense but we still struggled to do anything offensively.  Fourth quarter we started off strong and held a lead with just over a minute to go, but we made some mistakes offensively and then didn’t close out or rebound defensively and Mexico took the lead.  I thought our effort was there tonight and that we were the more aggressive team, but offensively we went dead for about 2 quarters and in the end that is what cost us the game.  It is a learning experience for our young guys and we will continue to get better.”
Jai Lawson paced all scorers for Mexico with nine points.
For Boonville, Kyle Chrisman had 12, Malik Brazil and Tramell Coleman each with eight, Trae Williams seven, Tayshaun Bledsoe four and Avian Thomas with three.