Boonville freshman Tyson Franklin didn’t have any problem getting up for the Fulton Hornets Thursday night at the Windsor gymnasium.
With the Pirates beating Fulton once and the Hornets returning the favor, Franklin took it upon himself to settle the score with a game-high 23 points-19 of which came in the first half-to lead Boonville past Fulton 48-39.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 6-3 overall, head coach Paul Stevens said the kids played awesome.
“Their effort and attitude was great,” Stevens said. “These kids are very athletic so they pick up full court and caused over 20 turnovers. They also finished getting to the rim easily. We kept Fulton off the boards for the most part. They had a few runs there in the third quarter and cut it to within single digits when we were up 18 at halftime so I congratulate them. We have played them three times and our kids took game as a rivarly because they beat us once and we beat them once so it was kind of like a rubber match. But I am proud of these kids, they had a lot of fun and everybody got to play and I am glad that we came out on top.”
As most freshmen games, which is back and forth, the Pirates never trailed against Fulton and led by as much eight points in the first quarter on the hot hand of Franklin, who had 13 of the team’s 15 points. Meanwhile, in the second quarter, Franklin cooled off somewhat with just six points to finish the half with 19 of the team’s 30 points. Boonville also outscored Fulton 15-6 in the second quarter, which included a 12-0 run in a little over one minute to extend the lead to 16 at 27-11.
The third quarter was a quarter of runs, with Fulton scoring the first seven points of the half to cut the lead to eight at 30-22. Boonville held a 5-2 advantage over the final three minutes to push the lead back to double digits at 35-24.
The Hornets never got any closer than eight points for the rest of the game as Boonville came out in the final period with a 7-0 run during a two minute stretch to extend the lead to 15 at 42-27. However with the starters on the bench for the rest of the game, Fulton closed the gap and cut the lead to nine with six unanswered points to make it 45-36. Boonville and Fulton each scored three points in the final minute to end the scoring.
Jamesian McKee finished the game with nine points for the Pirates while DaWan Lomax chipped in seven, Memphis Waibel six, Huston Force two and Blaine Goetze with one.
For Fulton, Ashden Cason had 14, Ryan Newman and Ian Poore each with seven, Malik Williams six and Allen Walker with five.