The Boonville boys freshmen basketball team fell in the third place game in the Mexico Tournament on Saturday by losing to Columbia Hickman 53-22.
The Pirates, dropping to 4-3 on the season, opened the first quarter with a 9-9 tie against Hickman but were outscored 44-13 for the rest of the game.
Boonville freshmen coach Paul Moore said the boys lost to a team that was very fast and incredibly athletic.  
“They were very aggressive on the defensive end, and they were able to cause a lot of turnovers and get a good chunk of their points in transition,” Moore said.  “As a team, we played very well in the first quarter when we were able to take care of the basketball.  However, we started the second quarter with three consecutive turnovers, and that really set the tone for the rest of the game.  We need to learn how to play a more physical and disciplined brand of basketball.  
“We had too many rebounds that were taken away from us by a more physical opponent, and we couldn’t hold on to the basketball in one-on-one situations.  This will come easier to the guys as they grow and get stronger, but we have to play with better technique that will allow us to keep possession longer on offense.  We cannot afford to turn the ball over 18 times in a game and expect to be competitive.  We will have to get that fixed before our rematch against Mexico on Thursday.”
Jarek Kapela had 16 points and KT Walker 14 for Hickman.
For Boonville, Sam Esser tossed in seven points while Josh Chrisman added five, Gabe Lorenz four, Ethan Huntsperger and Nathan Platt each with two and Gage Sprigg and Dominic Van Dyke with one point apiece.