Pirates to play California for consolation trophy on Saturday

The Boonville Pirates basketball team will play for another day in the Southern Boone Classic after beating Linn 63-52 Thursday night in the consolation semifinals in Ashland.
The Pirates, improving to 8-12 on the season, outscored Linn in two quarters and matched the Wildcats with 13 in the fourth to win by nine.
Although Boonville will move on to the consolation finals to face the California Pintos for the second time this season on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., head coach Jesse Oswald said the game against Linn was kind of a frustrating game.
“We played just well enough to win, building a lead early and then letting them hang around until the final buzzer sounded,” Oswald said. “A game like this, I felt we could take a step forward but we struggled in certain areas throughout the game. I’m not sure if it was a hangover effect from Tuesday, but we didn’t execute like we should and were just fortunate to get a win. The game wasn’t a total waste. We did some very good things with our press and forced some turnovers or forced quick shots. Offensively, we got careless at times and had some empty possessions, but at times did a good job finding open men and hitting shots.”
While shots were at a minimum for both teams, the Pirates still managed to lead Linn at the end of each quarter by taking a 23-13 lead after one and a 34-22 advantage into the half. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, Linn outscored Boonville 19-16 to cut the lead to nine at 50-41. Both teams then put in 13 points in the final period.
As for the scoring in the game, Avery Reardon had 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists for Boonville.
Semaj Clark finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds and one assist while Clayton Gochenour added 11 points, three rebounds and one assist, Tramell Coleman six points, four rebounds and one assist, Charlie Bronakowski five points, four rebounds and one assist, Josh Chrisman four points, two rebounds and one assist, Malik Brazil four points and two rebounds and Kellen Brownfield with two points, two rebounds and one assist.
As for the shooting in the game, the Pirates converted on 24 of 49 attempts from the field for 49 percent and 8 of 13 from the foul line for 62 percent.
For Linn, Jacob Voss had 21 and Logan Peters with 13.