Boonville freshman Charlie Bronakowski didn’t seem to have a problem getting up for the district opener Wednesday night against Cole Camp.
In a No. 3 versus No. 6 matchup, Bronakowski had his best game to date with 18 points, six rebounds and two assists to lead the Pirates past Cole Camp 58-45.
Boonville, improving to 10-16 on the season, will play No. 2 California in the semifinal round on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.
Despite winning the game by 13, head coach Jesse Oswald said this game was not an easy one.
“I thought we looked nervous and timid to start the game and looked as if we hadn’t played in months,” Oswald said. “Part of that was the inexperience we have in the post-season, and luckily we eventually calmed down. They jumped out to a 10-0 run to start the game. A lot of it was us missing close shots and playing nervous. They also put the ball in the basket early on. We then turned the tempo up and forced some turnovers, but we were still failing to capitalize.
“Freshman Charlie Bronakowski provided a big spark off the bench when we were initially struggling and we crept back into the game, before taking the lead early in the second half and never giving it back. All around, once we settled in and beca me more comfortable, we went back to what we needed to do in order to win and we started executing our game plan. Looking ahead, we can’t have this kind of start against a good California team. They are firing on all cylinders and if we start off slow again, we will be looking at a 20 point deficit so we have to be ready to play Friday night. Luckily our postseason jitters are out and we should be locked in ready to play a team that we’ve battled with.”
The Pirates definitely had their hands full against Cole Camp while trailing 14-8 after first period’s end and 26-21 at the half. However in the third quarter, Boonville outscored Cole Camp 12-8 to lead by a score of 37-34. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Pirates again held a 21-11 advantage to win by 13.
Avery Reardon also scored in double figures with 13 points along with 10 rebounds and one assist. Semaj Clark finished the game with nine points, three rebounds and three assists while Clayton Gochenour added seven points, one rebound and one assist, Malik Brazil four points, four rebounds and one assist, Josh Chrisman three points, Kellen Brownfield two points and Kyle Chrisman with three rebounds.
For Cole Camp, Ethan Ives had 12 and Kaden Harms 11.