The Boonville Pirates basketball team continued its struggles on the defensive end of the floor Tuesday night against the Hannibal Pirates.
With the temperatures hovering in the teens if not less at game time, the Pirates were just as cold inside while shooting 39 percent from the field in a 62-44 setback.
While suffering their ninth loss in 15 games overall and fifth in six games in the NCMC, Boonville head coach Jesse Oswald said from start to finish, Hannibal had a team that came to play and execute and had a team agenda of winning.
“Offensively, we struggled to score and it effected us defensively, which can’t happen,” Oswald said. “We can have off night’s scoring, but tough defense should always remain. Hannibal’s agenda was to come in and execute their game plan and win, whereas I’m not sure what ours was. We didn’t have 100 percent effort 100 percent of the time and that cost us throughout the night. As we get into the meat of our season, we are getting to a point where we have to step up as a team and play a team game and get rid of any hidden agendas we might have as individuals.”
The Pirates were definitely in the thick of things in the first quarter while tying the game at 7-all on a basket by senior Ryan Beaver at the 2:11 mark. But for the rest of the period, Hannibal outscored Boonville 5-0 on a basket by John Trenhaile and a three by Dezi Jones to extend the lead to five at 12-7.
Boonville played catch up for the rest of the night while cutting the lead to three on two free throws in the second quarter by Charlie Bronakowski to make it 12-9. But it pretty much all Hannibal after that with a 15-10 advantage to lead at the break 27-19.
Of course it didn’t help that Jones also broke loose in the second quarter with nine of his game-high 29 points. Hannibal also went on a 7-0 run during a two minute stretch in the second to go from leading 18-14 to 25-14 with 3:08. Boonville also had five turnovers in the period, which didn’t help, and hit only 3 of 7 shots from the field.
Hannibal also had its inside-outside game working in the third quarter. While outscoring the Pirates 20-13 to lead by 15 at 47-32, Jones managed eight points mostly from the outside while Trenhaile worked the middle with six points.
As for Boonville, they continued to struggle on the offensive end in the third quarter while converting on only five field goals. However, the Pirates did put together a 7-0 run after Hannibal reeled off six straight to cut the lead to 12 at 44-32 with 5 seconds left. But on a shot at the buzzer, Jones put up a three and was fouled by senior Avery Reardon. Jones sank all three shots to make it a 15 point ballgame.
Boonville never got any closer than 16 points in the final period while Hannibal led by as much as 20. Hannibal also outscored Boonville 15-12 in the fourth.
Hannibal coach Marty Hull said he was really nervous about the game with Boonville.
“We’ve had about 10 days off since our last game,” Hull said. “Sometimes you just wonder how you’re going to come out. But it was one of the better games we’ve played all year. Defensively, we probably played about as good as we could. We only gave up 44 points, which is amazing. Our goal is always down around 40. Offensively, we played very unselfish. Yeah, Dezi had 29, but John Trenhaile got 12 tonight and Adreke Brumbaugh came off the bench and got nine. Wyatt Waelder got eight.”
On the third quarter in which Hannibal outscored Boonville 20-13, Hull said the Pirates could come out one of two ways.
“We can come out sluggish and let them back in and be in a dog fight, or we can come out and score and really dig in defensively and not give them anything easy. We need to be that team. And I really thought when we came out in the third quarter, we really dug in and really make it hard on them to score.”
Jones finished the game with 29 while Trenhaile added 12 for Hannibal.
For Boonville, Avery Reardon had 12 points and seven rebounds. Beaver chipped in eight points and one rebound while Malik Brazil added seven points, Semaj Clark six points and two rebounds, Charlie Bronakowski six points and one rebound, Kellen Brownfield three points and Tramell Coleman with two points and two rebounds.