The Boonville Pirates basketball team had No. 2 Southern Boone on the ropes Tuesday night in the opening round of the Southern Boone Classic in Ashland.
While leading by six at the break and nine going into the final period, the Pirates once again proved to be their own worst enemy by allowing the Eagles to rally back with a 23-15 advantage in the final period for a 59-57 victory.
Boonville, dropping to 7-12 on the season, will now face Linn in the consolation semifinals on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. If the Pirates win that game, they will play for consolation on Saturday, Feb. 3rd starting at 1:30 p.m.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said the game against Southern Boone was a tough one to swallow when it was all said and done.
“We played the No. 2 seed on their home floor and held our own for most of the game,” Oswald said. “I thought we were in control for most of the game. The final five or six minutes they stepped it up a notch and we made some mistakes. We battled back and forth the rest of the game and we took a one point lead late, but they battled back and found a way to close it out. As a team we have to finish how to close out close games. We are 3-7 in games decided by single digits or less. A lot of it starts at the top and myself in finding a better game plan late in the game and trying to find a way to win late. I won’t fault the guys for losing tonight.
“Effort, heart, energy, intensity and focus, it was all there. Even though we’ve lost a lot of close games, I feel like we are finding another level we have to get to as a team, and hopefully we are coming to where we peak as a team. In the next few weeks we are going to concentrate on fixing the small things such as mistakes we make, and also improving on both ends of the floor. I like the way we are playing right now even if we are struggling to close out games, but with who we have in the locker room and as hungry as they are, we are going to become dangerous down the stretch and into districts.”
Southern Boone led Boonville 9-6 in a low scoring first quarter. However in the second period, the Pirates outscored SBC 19-10 to lead at the half by a score of 25-19. Meanwhile, after both teams put in 17 points in the third quarter, Southern Boone came back and held a 23-15 advantage in the fourth to win by two.
Reece Gilmore had 18 points to lead all scorers for SBC. Brady Trammell had 16 while Sam Stichnote added 13.
For Boonville, Avery Reardon had 13 points, six rebounds and one assist while Semaj Clark added 11 points, three rebounds and one assist, Clayton Gochenour 10 points and six rebounds, Charlie Bronakowski eight points and four rebounds, Josh Chrisman eight points and three rebounds, Tramell Coleman seven points, six rebounds and two assists and Malik Brazil with one point and one rebound.
The Pirates also finished the game hitting 22 of 48 shots from the field for 46 percent and 9 of 11 from the foul line for 82 percent.