The Boonville Pirates freshmen basketball team had a slow start and that proved to be the difference in a 58-37 loss Tuesday night on the road against the Moberly Spartans.
The Pirates, dropping to 4-6 overall and 1-3 in the NCMC, trailed Moberly 28-13 at the half before rallying back with a 15-14 advantage in the third to make it a 42-28 ballgame. However, in the final period, the Spartans added to their lead by outscoring Boonville 16-9.
Boonville freshmen coach Paul Moore said the boys are struggling to get anything going offensively, and it’s affecting them on both ends of the court.  
“Moberly came out in a press defense to start the game, and we were not patient in working it around with good passes.  We had way too many turnovers that led to transition points, and it’s something we need to get corrected,” Moore said. “When we aren’t scoring, it makes it emotionally challenging to stay up on the defensive end.  We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball and making sure we maximize our possessions.  Moberly had some scorers that gave us a challenge on the defensive end, but we could have made it much closer if we stopped giving the ball away and giving up easy points.  We also need to be more aggressive when rebounding on the defensive end and not allowing our opponents multiple opportunities.”
Short had 21 and Stoneking 14 to lead all scorers for Moberly.
For Boonville, Cody Garner tossed in 15 while Saylor Marquez added eight, Kayle Rice six, Landon Williams four, Axton Nease with three and Andrew Wiser with one.