The Boonville Pirates basketball team did everything in its power to hold on to Tuesday night’s game against the Moberly Spartans.
Although the Pirates have had its share of late game collapses this season, they scored just enough points Tuesday night in NCMC action against Moberly for a 54-48 victory.
The win improved Boonville’s record to 9-15 overall and 3-8 in the NCMC.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said he was extremely proud of these guys tonight.
“Anytime you can beat Moberly you’ve executed the game plan and played extremely well,” Oswald said. “We wanted to send our seniors out tonight with a big win, and that’s exactly what we did. The game started rather sluggish on both ends of the floor for us, and we were able to piece together a decent offensive output and a solid defensive effort to go into halftime with a 13 point lead.
“We held their two main scorers to one point apiece, but we knew they would find a way to get going in the second half. I thought we played with a lot of poise down the stretch and didn’t turn the ball over, especially when they picked up the tempo on defense. I couldn’t be happier for this group of guys that we have.”
Neither team seemed liked they wanted to win the game early on while combining with more turnovers than points. But at the end of the quarter, Boonville made just enough baskets to lead Moberly by five at 11-6.
The Pirates also dominated the second quarter by outscoring Moberly 14-6 to go in at the half on top by a score of 25-12.
While holding the Spartans to just two field goals in the second period, Boonville also closed out the final three minutes and 26 seconds on 8-1 run.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they still had two quarters to play. As it turned out, Moberly wound up cutting into Boonville’s lead in the third quarter with a 22-17  advantage to make it 42-34.
Of course you can imagine what happened in the fourth. While leading by as much as 10 (44-34) with 6:45 left, the Pirates watched that lead dwindle to three after a basket by Braedan Wetrich with 4:21 left to cut the lead to three at 46-43.
Moberly never got any closer in the ballgame but had it down to four  at 52-48 with the ball with 40 seconds left. Meanwhile, after a lane violation by Boonville with 18.5 seconds left, Moberly again had a chance to cut into the lead and again was denied by the Pirates. Then, to closeout the game, sophomore Tramell Coleman sank both foul shots to end the scoring.
Avery Reardon finished the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Clayton Gochenour chipped in 17 points and five rebounds while Charlie Bronakowski added eight points, two rebounds and one assist, Semaj Clark six points, five assists and four rebounds, Josh Chrisman two points, six rebounds and two assists, Tramell Coleman two points, three rebounds and one assist, Malik Brazil three rebounds and one assist and Kyle Chrisman with one rebound.
For Moberly, Savion Thorpe had 19 points and Braedan Wetrich with 10.
Boonville also won the JV game against Moberly 44-34.
The Pirates, improving to 4-12 overall and 4-3 in the NCMC, led Moberly 27-15 at the break but was outscored 19-17 in the second half.
Lane West had the game-high for Boonville with 15 points.
Nathan Platt tossed in eight points while Nick Ferrari and Tyler Schuster added six points each, Gabe Lorenz and Francesco Bona each with three, Sam Esser two and Ethan Huntsperger with one.
For Moberly, Dominic Stoneking had nine, Jacksyn Miller seven and Hunter Martin with five.