The Boonville Pirates basketball team did everything right Friday night in a non-conference game against the Clinton Cardinals.
While beating the Cardinals 79-53 to improve to 7-6 overall, head coach Jesse Oswald this was also the first complete game the team has played, where they have controlled from start to finish.
“I felt defensively we were locked in and they had to work for most of their point,” Oswald said. “Offensively we were highly efficient and pushed the tempo the way we wanted to play. The second quarter they switched to a zone and it slowed us down a bit, but we got right back to it and built a solid lead. I thought it was a good win, especially after being off for two weeks. Clinton is a team that can get hot from behind the three point line and I felt we took away their strength and they didn’t have an answer.”
The Pirates also had an answer early on by the name of junior guard Tramell Coleman, who scored 12 of the team’s 22 points, which included two threes.
Of course if that wasn’t enough, Boonville also opened the game with 11 straight points before Clinton finally got on the board at the 4:48 mark in the first quarter on a three-point play by senior Joey Naber.
Although the Cardinals matched Boonville with 11 points for the rest of the period to trail 22-14, it was a long night to say the least for Clinton.
The first quarter may have also been one of Boonville’s best shooting-wise as the Pirates connected on 9 of 17 shots for 53 percent.
As for the second quarter, which was dead even with both teams scoring 12 points, Boonville opened up a 13 point lead at 34-21 with 2:15 left only to have the Cardinals rally back with five straight points to close out the half to cut the lead back to eight at 34-26.
Clinton never got any closer in the ballgame as Boonville came out with a three by senior Clayton Gochenour to open up the second half to make it 37-26. The Cardinals never got any closer than nine in the period, cutting the lead to 44-35 with 3:53 left.
Boonville went on a 10-4 run after that to lead Clinton 54-39 after three.
While outscoring the Cardinals 20-13 in the third quarter, sophomore Charlie Bronakowski also had his first dunk of the season on a breakaway at the 6:34 mark. Another play that stood out in the quarter came with 9 seconds left in the period on a behind the pass from freshman DJ Wesolak to Bronakowski to extend the lead to 54-37.
The fourth quarter, meanwhile, was a scoring fest as Boonville held a 25-14 advantage-13 of which came during a three and a half minute stretch to go from leading 68-51 to 79-51.
Wesolak also joined Bronakowski with a one-handed jam at the 2:22 mark to make it 74-51.
Bronakowski finished the game with 25 points to lead all scorers for Boonville. Coleman tossed in 20 points while Wesolak added 12, Gochenour 10, Luke Green five, Avian Thomas three and Malik Brazil and Sam Esser each with two.
For Clinton, Jack Lankford and Naber each had 17 points.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Clinton 72-38 to improve to 2-8 on the season.
Although the Pirates wound up winning by 34, Clinton came out and played Boonville tough early on while trailing by just one at 15-14. However it was pretty much all Boonville after that as the Pirates led 38-22 at the break and 55-33 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Boonville outscored Clinton 17-5 with its first running clock of the season.
Boonville JV coach Brock Hill said he’s always happy to get a win.
“This one I think we all enjoyed because we controlled the game most of the night,” Hill said. “The second quarter is where we made our mark by outscoring Clinton 23-8.  We did a much better job of taking care of the ball on the offensive end and creating turnovers on the defensive end. I really liked the pace that we were able to play with. We really looked to push in transition for easy buckets at the rim. It showed on the scoreboard where as a team we scored a season high 72 points.  I felt like we really put it all together as a team and played better than we have all year. Now the challenge is to be able to repeat that performance consistently.  Great win for us. Now we focus our energy on Mexico this coming Friday.”
Freshman Tyson Franklin led the Pirates with 17 points. Luke Green pitched in 13 while Landon Williams added eight, Gage Sprigg and Saylor Marquez each with seven, Kayle Rice and Axton Nease with six points each, Brock Nowlin four, Andrew Wiser three and Evan Johnson with one.
JP Abernathy had 10 points to lead all scorers for Clinton.