Leads Centralia from start to finish for a 75-28 victory
The game Thursday night against the Centralia Panthers had all the makings of a blowout.
First you had the Pirates who were undefeated after two games against the Centralia Panthers, who drew the No. 5 seed in their own tournament next week. And then if that wasn’t incentive enough, senior Riley Lang was also single digits from eclipsing the 1,000th point mark in his career.
As it turned out, the Pirates got their third straight double digit win by beating Centralia 75-28 while Lang picked up his 1,000th point in the first period on a three-point shot at the 2:03 mark.
“The kids played a complete game tonight and we received solid contributions from the bench,” said Boonville Pirates coach Scott Floyd. “We took them out of their offense and as a result scored many transition points. I thought our length and athleticism bothered Centralia. Shots were contested and we hit the defensive glass. In reality we did not have to run much half court offense because we scored a majority of our points off transition. The kids ran the floor well and distributed the ball to open shooters. We were very unselfish on the offensive end.”
In all, a total of 10 players scored in the game against Centralia with senior Alec Adair leading four players in double figures with 16 points along with three rebounds and one steal.
Riley Lang tossed in 13 points and grabbed six rebounds while Ryan Beaver added 11 points, five assists, three steals and one rebound, Ryan Sprigg with 10 points and one steal, Brandon Johnson eight points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal, Avery Reardon five points, nine rebounds and one assist, Clayton Gochenour four points and four rebounds, Nick Zeitlow three points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal, Dylan Watson three points, four steals, three assists and one rebound and Gio Strickland with two points, two steals, one rebound and one assist.
For Centralia, Clayton Sinkins had the team-high with nine points.
Floyd said Wednesday’s practice was dedicated to the Centralia scouting report and the kids executed the game plan to perfection.
“I can’t say enough good things about our bench,” Floyd said. “We have received quality minutes from those kids for three straight contest. All 11 kids played tonight and that was fun to watch. Furthermore, we did not have a let down after the first half despite a 29 point lead. The team continued to play hard and executed on both ends of the floor. Also, we shot the ball better tonight and I think we will continue to do so as the season progresses.”
The Pirates were dead on against the Panthers while shooting 55 percent from the field, 46 percent from the three-point arc and 56 percent from the foul line.
Boonville also outscored Centralia in all four quarters, leading 21-3 after first period’s end, 38-9 at the half and 60-22 after three.
This game was also over early as Boonville came out and reeled off the game’s first 14 points and led at one point 21-3 before giving up its first basket with 1 second left in the quarter.
The second quarter was a carbon copy of the first as the Pirates reeled off nine straight to start the period and forced another seven turnovers to match the first eight minutes. Boonville also out-rebounded Centralia 20-10 in the first half.
Of course there was no let up in the second half as Boonville outscored Centralia 22-13 in the third. The Pirates also reeled off eight straight during a two-minute stretch to go up 55-14 with 2:58 left.
But if that didn’t break the Panthers spirit trailing by 40 to start the fourth, a 9-0 run to open up the period to go up by 47 at 69-22 surely did with a running clock in place.
Boonville also outscored Centralia 15-6 with the starters on the bench for much of the quarter.
In the JV game, Centralia defeated Boonville 54-46.
The Pirates, dropping to 1-2 on the season, trailed Centralia by just three at 26-23 at the half before rallying back with a 12-11 advantage in the third to make it a two-point ballgame at 37-36. Unfortunately for Boonville, they were unable to close the gap as Centralia came out and outscored the Pirates 17-11 in the final period for the victory.
Boonville JV coach Jesse Oswald said rebounding and taking care of the ball was what doomed the Pirates.
“We had multiple fast breaks and we beat ourselves by not converting,” Oswald said. “I'd say we had close to 10 turnovers just off running a fast break and not being able to finish them. It's frustrating because we know we can do better, but doing the little fundamental things is what has killed us the last two games. We are a fast and athletic team, but we might have to start slowing things down if we can't take care of the ball in transition. As far as rebounding, Centralia wanted it more than we did.
“Multiple times a shot would go up and we wouldn't compete for a rebound and they would get easy put backs. We can't rely on athleticism to compete and win. We had some good stretches with different lineups, but we didn't play good enough consistently to get a win, just good enough to stay in it.”
Nic Brooks had 15 to lead the Panthers.
For Boonville, Avian Thomas and Malik Brazil tied for the team-high with eight points each. Kyle Chrisman tossed in seven while Kellen Brownfield and Tayshawn Bledsoe added six points each, Trae Williams and Jaylen Butner four each and Tramell Coleman with three.
In the freshmen game, Boonville raised its season record to 3-0 by beating Centralia 48-41.
The Pirates never trailed in the game Centralia and led 23-16 at the half and 36-26 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, the Panthers outscored Boonville 15-12.
“We didn’t have strong legs under us tonight, and it kind of showed in our defensive effort,” Moore said. “We weren’t as aggressive as we usually are. It seemed as though we were sluggish and tired for most of the night. We also weren’t able to run in transition like we are used to. Centralia did a great job of getting back on defense, so it took away a lot of our offense. Towards the end of the game, we didn’t handle pressure very well and had more turnovers than we are used to.
“However, Josh and Sam stepped up in a big way. Our offense flowed around them tonight, and they came through by making some tough shots. We were able to work the ball into the paint pretty well, but we missed a lot of easy buckets. We need to be stronger around the rim and not give away points that could be crucial at the end of the game. The positive is that we didn’t have our best game tonight, but we still came away with a victory. The guys can look at that and be confident that we can play with any team on any night as long as we bring our game.”
Josh Chrisman led all scorers in the game for Boonville with 21 points. Sam Esser chipped in 13, Nick Ferrari six, Gabe Lorenz four and Nathan Platt and Alan McCarter each with two points.
For Centralia, Brett Jones had 14, Alex Arends 11 and Ryley McCoy 10.