Will play Salisbury for the title on Saturday starting at 8 p.m.
The Boonville Pirates basketball team could easily be called the cardiac kids in blue after another come from behind victory Thursday night against Hallsville in the semifinal round of the Centralia Tournament.
For the second game in a row, the Pirates had to rally in the fourth quarter for the victory. But this was not your come from behind win. Down by 10 (58-48) after three, Boonville stormed back with a 27-13 advantage in the final period to beat Hallsville 75-71.
Of course the win also secured another trip to the finals for Boonville. The Pirates, 5-0 on the season, will take on Salisbury in a rematch of last year’s championship on Saturday starting at 8 p.m. The Panthers won their semifinal game against Harrisburg 66-53.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd said what a comeback by the kids.
“We were down 10 entering the fourth quarter but our resilience and will to win allowed us to come back and get a huge victory against a very good team,” Floyd said. “We battled foul trouble in the fourth quarter but the kids were able to stay on the floor despite Hallsville’s attempts to attack the basket. We connected on two big 3’s to cut into the lead deep in the fourth and were able to capitalize from the line by going 5 of 6 from the charity stripe. Our free throw shooting has been spotty, but in a tense environment the kids hit them when they were most needed. For the most part we were able to handle Hallsville’s full court pressure while committing only five turnovers on the night.”
While shooting 61 percent from the field and 71 percent from the foul line in the game, Floyd said the kids attacked the rim on dribble drives and were able to connect which helped against the pressure defense in the fourth.
“We took advantage of the pressure and made Hallsville pay at that end of the court,” Floyd said. “We kept battling all night long. I felt once we got the lead in the fourth quarter that the pressure would be on Hallsville. Despite staying in our zone, Hallsville kept attacking the basket and we were able to hold our own inside and collect rebounds off missed shots late in the game. I can’t say enough about our kid’s effort tonight. We could have folded up our tents and called it a ballgame. But through sheer determination our kids were able to handle adversity and come away with a win. We might get down in games, but our kids know how to win. This is the second straight game we have come from behind to win. But our kids expect victory. The mental make-up of this team is tough. Playing in close games and winning will only make us stronger as the season rolls on.”
With a total of seven players in double figures for the game, it was pretty much a given that offense trumped defense on this night. Unfortunately for the Pirates, they trailed Hallsville at the end of each quarter except the fourth which counts the most. The Indians led 18-15 after one, 41-31 at the half and 58-48 after three. However in the fourth, Boonville made it count when they needed it by outscoring Hallsville by 14.
As for the scoring in the game, Alec Adair had 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead Boonville.
Riley Lang finished the game with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists while Avery Reardon added 13 points, four rebounds and one steal, Nick Zeitlow nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal, Ryan Beaver six points, three assists and one steal, Dylan Watson two points, one rebound and one assist, Brandon Johnson one point and one assist and Gio Strickland with three rebounds.
For Hallsville, who dropped to 4-1, Graham Moser had 14, Ethan Thompson 13, Tanner Beatty 11 and Malachi Jackson with 10.