Pirates will play Battle's JV in consolation semifinals on Wednesday starting at 4:30 p.m.
The Boonville Pirates basketball team had another one of those close games Monday night in the opening round of the California Invitational Tournament.
In a No. 4 versus No. 5 matchup, the Pirates fell to the Fatima Comets by a score of 57-49.
Boonville, dropping to 4-8 on the season, led Fatima by four (43-39) going into the final period. However, in the fourth quarter, Fatima had its best quarter of the ballgame with 18 points while the Pirates had their worst with six in the loss.
Fatima also opened the game with a 12-11 lead after one only to have Boonville rally back with a 17-10 advantage in the second to go up 28-22 at the half. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, the Comets held a 17-15 scoring edge to lead by four.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said another tough, close game that the Pirates had a lead until the final few minutes.
“Our turnovers later in the game really cost us,” Oswald said. “I thought our defense really stepped up tonight against a physical team. They did an excellent job of driving the lane and kicking to open shooters, but I felt we had proper rotation and helpside defense and it caused problems for Fatima. We allowed them to get hot in the third quarter and it kept them in it. The fourth quarter was back and forth and we started trying to do too much and not do the things that were working the first-three quarters. Effort and energy were there tonight, but we have to figure out how to close out these close games and put a team away.”
Groner had 21 and Brunnert 18 to lead all scorers for Fatima.
For Boonville, Ryan Beaver finished the game with 18 points, four rebounds and two assists. Clayton Gochenour added 16 points and three rebounds while Avery Reardon chipped in nine points and 16 rebounds, Charlie Bronakowski with six points, two rebounds and one assist and Malik Brazil with two points, five assists and one rebound.
Boonville also finished the game hitting 20 of 40 shots from the field for 50 percent and 3 of 5 from the foul line for 60 percent.