After losing by one just one week earlier in the third place game in the Tri-County Conference Tournament, the Boonville Pirates basketball team hooked up with Hallsville again in the semifinal round of the Centralia Tournament on Thursday.
And as expected between these two teams this season, the game once again came down to the very end. Except this time, the Indians needed no last second heroics to beat the Pirates 60-55.
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville trailed Hallsville 16-4 at the end of the first quarter. However after matching the Indians with 16 in the second and 17 in the third, Boonville came back and outscored Hallsville 18-11 in the fourth to cut the lead back to five.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 2-3 on the season, head coach Jesse Oswald said  horrible shooting first quarter. “The first quarter killed us and we played catch-up all night,” Oswald said. “I will say my guys will never quit on anything and they will always be respected for that and in every game, but the hole we dug was too deep. I didn’t think Hallsville outplayed us or beat us. we beat ourselves. We had multiple open looks early in the game and couldn’t get the lid off the basket. It ended up affecting us on defense a little bit. Eventually we got hot and started turning it around, but Hallsville would never lie down, nor did we expect them to. They are a good team with good players. We were able to slow Hicks down who is one of the most gifted scorers in the conference, but they had some other guys step up and get hot when needed. We didn’t play bad, but we shot the ball bad.”
Luke Hicks and Cooper Crane each had 15 in the game for Hallsville.
For Boonville, Charlie Bronakowski finished the game with 19  points. DJ Wesolak chipped in nine while Josh Chrisman and Clayton Gochenour added seven points each, Avian Thomas and Sam Esser each with five and Tramell Coleman with three.