Pirates to play for third place against North Callaway on Saturday

Something about the Centralia Panthers that continues to stymie the Boonville Pirates basketball team.
After losing to the Panthers back on November 30th in Centralia in overtime 74-66, the Pirates had another heartbreaking loss Thursday night in the semifinal round of the Centralia Tournament by losing to the Panthers 78-73.
The Pirates, who dropped to 2-3 on the season, have now lost two of their three games this season to Centralia. The other loss came to Mexico on road November 28th in the conference opener.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said this was another hard fought ballgame.
“We just couldn’t close it out in the end,” Oswald said. “Once again, I’ll give a lot of credit to Centralia for find a way to pull this one out. My message was simple going into the game, and that was that we had to play better defense and control the rebounds. I knew it would be a game of runs, and as the game went on, I didn’t feel either team was going to be able to deliver the knockout punch needed to put the other team away. It stayed between a tied ballgame and 5-7 point deficit or lead the entire time. I felt we stepped up our rebounds, but we allowed too many open threes and had missed assignments on defense. I feel we have another level or two that we can get to on defense, but we haven’t stepped up yet. As an offense, I feel we are doing some really good things and moving the ball well and finding ways to score. But when it comes down to it, we have to find a way to play better defense. This was a battle back and forth and when the buzzer sounded, they won the last battle and the game.”
Like the first meeting, this game was again close from start to finish. The Panthers won the first-two quarters 14-12 and 18-17 to lead by three at the break 32-29. However, in the third period, Boonville rallied back with a 26-23 advantage to tie the game at 55-all. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, the Panthers surged ahead again and outscored Boonville 23-18 to win the game by five, which is an improvment by three points from the Pirates in the previous meeting.
Nic Brooks had 18 and Guy Moran 14 for Centralia.
For Boonville, Ryan Beaver sizzled the nets for a career-high 30 points. He also had three rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Kyle Chrisman also tossed in a career-high 18 points while grabbing five boards. Josh Chrisman finished the game with seven points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist while Clayton Gochenour added seven points, two rebounds and one assist, Charlie Bronakowski six points, two rebounds and one assist, Semaj Clark four points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal, Avery Reardon one point, six rebounds and two assists and Malik Brazil and Tramell Coleman each with one assist.
The Pirates finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field and 71 percent from the foul line.
The Boonville Pirates will play North Callaway in the third place game on Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m.