Will play No. 4 California in the semifinal round on Thursday starting at 6 p.m.
The Boonville Pirates basketball team played what head coach Scott Floyd called its best defensive game of the season Tuesday night in the opening round of the Class 3 District 13 Tournament at Versailles.
After back-to-back losses to Moberly and Kirksville to closeout the regular season, the Pirates were back to full strength Tuesday night against eighth-seeded Holden while holding the Eagles to single digits in three out of the four quarters of play for a convincing 68-25 victory.
The Pirates, 16-10 on the season, will now advance to the semifinal round on Wednesday against No. 4 California starting at 6 p.m. Like Boonville, the Pintos won convincingly over Knob Noster 70-47.
In other games on Tuesday, No. 2 Versailles defeated No. 7 Warsaw 52-45 while No. 3 Cole Camp beat No. 6 Sherwood 56-45.
Versailles and Cole Camp will play in the second semifinal on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
FLOYD SAYS PIRATES PLAYED A COMPLETE GAME
Who should know better than Boonville Pirates basketball coach Scott Floyd on whether his team played a complete game against Holden.
“The defense was outstanding as we held the Eagles to only five points in three out of the four quarters of the game. Defensively, we held the Eagles to only 10 points in the second half. Offensively, we were able to get the ball to the middle of the floor and score some easy baskets under the rim. That was aided by the fact that we dished out 14 assists for the game. All 12 players saw action tonight in the win and everyone scored. We got outstanding play from the bench. The kids did a nice job of trapping on defense and causing some turnovers which led to many transition buckets. The younger kids (bench) were not intimidated by playing in district competition. I give them credit for coming into the game focused and ready to play. We handled the pressure of a No. 1 seed and played a really good game. I was also pleased how the team handled the practices leading up to the game. They were focused as we went over game plans and details of the game, plus the mental and physical effort was good. We are going to have to match that kind of intensity as we play a good California team in the semis on Thursday.”
LANG INCHES CLOSER TO SINGLE SEASON SCORING RECORD
By scoring 15 points Tuesday night against Holden, Lang now has 629 points for the season in 26 games. He needs 13 points to tie and 14 to break the record of 642 points held by Jeff Dodson in 1987.
If you are counting, Lang will probably surpass that mark on Wednesday against California which will make three records broken this season. He already has career points, which is climbing at 1,580 points, and most points in a single game with 46.
Lang is also inching closer to the average for a season at 25.5 points per game. Lang currently has 24.192 ppg in 26 games.
12 PLAYERS PLAY, 12 SCORE
You talk about balance. The Pirates had plenty of it up and down the lineup on Tuesday. Of course Alec Adair and Riley Lang combined for 30 of the team’s 68 points.
Lang also finished with three rebounds, two assists and two steals while Adair added three assists, one rebound and one steal.
Avery Reardon was the only other player in double figures with 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Nick Zeitlow chipped in five points, 10 rebounds, three steals and one assist while Avian Thomas added five points, one assist and one steal, Ryan Beaver four points and one assist, Dylan Watson three points, one assist and one steal, Brandon Johnson two points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal, Kyle Chrisman two points, two rebounds and one assist, Clayton Gochenour two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal, Tramell Coleman two points, one assist and one steal and Josh Chrisman with two points.
Holden was led by Trever Wemsley with eight points.
EAGLES TRY TO SLOW DOWN GAME TO NO AVAIL
It was pretty easy to see what the Eagles were trying to do against the top-seeded Pirates.
With no height and no real shooters on the team, Holden tried to play keep away from Boonville by controlling the clock. Fortunately for the Pirates, it didn’t work as Boonville raced out to a 8-0 lead to start the game and finished the last two minutes and 39 seconds on 10-2 run to lead 18-5.
Adair also had the hot hand early for Boonville with seven of the team’s 18 points.
PIRATE COOL OFF IN
SECOND QUARTER BUT STILL OUTSCORE HOLDEN 20-10
Not much to say about the second quarter either as the Pirates outscore Holden 20-10 to lead at the break 38-15.
While finishing the half 15 of 35 from the field for 43 percent, Boonville also went from leading 22-10 with 6:08 left to 31-10 with 2:40 remaining after a 9-0 run.
Lang also had his best quarter in the second with eight of his 15 points.
UGLY, UGLY, UGLY
The Boonville Pirates had little trouble picking up where they left off in the third quarter by outscoring Holden 24-5 to extend the lead to 62-19.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville went on a 18-0 run to start the half, which began at the 6:55 mark and ended at 2:13.
Reardon also had eight points in the period.
Not much scoring in the fourth as Floyd emptied his bench for the final eight minutes. But even then Boonville outscored Holden 6-5 to win by 43.
PIRATES SHOOT OVER 50 PERCENT
Boonville finishes the game shooting 52 percent from the field (30-58) and 60 percent from the foul line (3-5). The Eagles hit just 1 of 7 shots from the line for 14 percent.