The Boonville Pirates basketball team showed what they are capable of any time they step out on the floor Tuesday night on the road against the state-ranked Centralia Panthers.
Although the Panthers entered the game ranked No. 10 in last week’s basketball polls in Class 3, Boonville appeared to be the better team on this night while coming away with a 50-47 victory.
“This was a hard fought win on the road,” said Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald. “Centralia is a very good team and we earned this one tonight. Energy, effort, efficiency and intensity won this game tonight. We’ve been talking about building on those four things. We had a really good game Friday against Clinton and we wanted to carry that over and tonight we did just that. We’ve been talking about playing together and using energy to create energy and just playing basketball and having fun and I thought tonight we were successful.”
The Pirates were successful on many fronts against the Panthers. But it wasn’t easy. Boonville shot three more free throws, hitting 8 of 11 shots for 73 percent compared to 5 of 8 for Centralia for 63 percent.
Boonville also owned the first half while outscoring the Panthers 18-16 in the first and 10-8 in the second to go in at the break on top 28-24. But that all changed dramatically in the third quarter as Centralia rallied back and outscored Boonville 21-11 to lead by a score of 45-39.
Oswald said Boonville’s biggest lead in the first half came in the first quarter at 16-6 while Centralia used a 9-0 run to start the second half to take the lead at 33-28. The Panthers biggest lead of the game also came at the end of the third quarter to go up by six.
“Centralia led most of the second half until the final minute or so,” Oswald said.
Of course the Pirates showed no quit in the final period by coming from behind with a 11-2 advantage for the win.
As for the scoring in the game, Clayton Gochenour had the team high with 11 points. Charlie Bronakowski chipped in 10 while DJ Wesolak added eight, Josh Chrisman and Tramell Coleman each with six, Avian Thomas five and Malik Brazil with four.
For Centralia, Dallas Lewis had 16, Guy Moran 9 and Peyton Davis with 8.