The Blair Oaks Falcons basketball team proved why they are a contender year in and year out in the Tri-County Conference Friday night against Boonville.
Leading 24-4 after one and 41-11 at the break, the Falcons also outscored Boonville 29-25 in the second half en route to a 70-36 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 6-6 overall and 1-1 in the TCC, head coach Jesse Oswald said the boys lacked the fight and physicality needed to compete. “They played one of their best games and we didn’t match it,” Oswald said. “We were slow and scared on offense at times. Defensively, I thought we had some solid possessions but credit to Blair Oaks because they got cookin’ and playing with rhythm and hit some tough shots. When you have momentum everything seems to be falling and that’s what happened tonight. I didn’t think we were prepared across the board to compete with them tonight and that starts with me.”
Dru Rackers and Eric Northweather each had 15 points in the game for Blair Oaks.
For Boonville, Avian Thomas and Charlie Bronakowski finished the game with seven points each while DJ Wesolak added six, Josh Chrisman, Luke Green and Clayton Gochenour four each and Malik Brazil and Kellen Brownfield with two points apiece.
In the junior varsity game, Blair Oaks won that as well by leading Boonville from start to finish for a 76-37 victory.
The Pirates JV, dropping to 1-6 overall, trailed Blair Oaks 36-17 at the half and 61-29 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Blair Oaks outscored Boonville 15-8 to win the game by 39.
“Naturally, some losses are more bothersome than others,” said Boonville JV coach Brock Hill. “It’s never fun being on the losing end of a blowout.  Blair Oaks has a very big and athletic team and we just didn’t have the size to match up well.  We struggled defensively and with rebounding all night. Offensively we turned the ball over to much and had trouble scoring over their size. Give credit to Blair Oaks.  They were tough tonight. We just have to leave this game where it ended and take some lessons home with us. We now prepare for a home game on Monday against Fulton.”
Axton Nease and Luke Green each had 11 points in the game for Boonville. Gage Sprigg chipped in six points while Kayle Rice added three and Saylor Marquez, Landon Williams and Aidan Lemmons each with two points.
Northweather had 30 points for Blair Oaks while Backes tallied 10, Hesslen 9.
The Boonville Pirates basketball team will host the Hallsville Indians on Friday, Jan. 11th at the Windsor gymnasium for three games, starting with the freshmen game at 5 p.m.