The Boonville Pirates basketball team won for the third time in four games in the Tri-County Conference by turning back the Versailles Tigers 80-68 Friday night during Courtwarming at the Windsor gymnasium.
The Pirates, 12-8 overall and 3-1 in the TCC, trailed by as much as five in the first half only to rally back with a strong third and fourth quarters to win the game by 12.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said he knew coming in that his team would be tasked with guarding the best 1-2 guard combo in the conference.
“Our goal was to slow them down and not allow anyone else to beat us,” Oswald said. “Even though their two guards scored 60 of their 68 points, I thought we made things extremely hard on them and forced their other guys to speed up and try to be playmakers, which is not their game. Offensively I thought we once again were efficient and made some minor adjustments and got better throughout the game. We also controlled the glass on both ends of the floor. We need to take care of the ball more when teams speed us up and press, but I thought when we did break the press we found ways to score.”
The Pirates definitely had plenty of scoring with eight different players in the books.
Clayton Gochenour topped the 30 point mark to lead Boonville by tossing in 31. Avian Thomas chipped in 15, Tramell Coleman 13, Charlie Bronakowski nine, Josh Chrisman six, DJ Wesolak four and Malik Brazil with two.
For Versailles, Colby Williams had 34 points while Wyatt Espinosa added 26.
As for the game itself, Boonville jumped out early against the Tigers and led at one point by a score of 11-6 after a three by Gochenour with 1:57 left. However for the rest of the quarter, Versailles outscored Boonville 6-0 to lead by a score of 12-11 after one.
The Tigers also dominated the early part of the second quarter while taking a 16-11 lead with 6:31 left in the half. However after battling back to tie the game at 20-all with 2:08 left and 23-23 with 1:26 remaining, Boonville would go on a 6-2 run for the rest of the half to lead by four at 29-25.
Gochenour’s three to closeout the half carried over into the third quarter as the senior standout scored 10 of the team’s 26 points to extend the lead to 15 at 55-40.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville opened the second half with straight points to push the lead to 12.
However in the final period, Boonville got the Tigers best as Versailles rallied back with a 28-25 advantage and had the lead down to six at 65-59 with three minutes left after reeling off five straight.
Of course the Pirates also had their moments in the fourth. After watching the lead cut from 15 to six points, Boonville came back and reeled off six straight to push the lead back up to 12 at 71-59 with 2:02 left.
Versailles never got any closer than 10 points for the rest of the game as Boonville matched the Tigers with nine points.
The Pirates also finished the game, hitting 18 of 27 shots from the foul line for 67 percent. Versailles, meanwhile, was 14 of 28 from the line for 50 percent.
As for the Boonville Pirates JV basketball team, they fell against Versailles by a score of 65-52.
The Pirates, dropping to 3-11 overall and 1-2 in the Tri-County Conference, opened the first quarter with a 17-9 lead against Versailles but was outscored 23-8 in the second period to trail 32-25 at the half. Boonville never got any closer in the ballgame as the Tigers outscored the Pirates 33-27 for the 13 point win.
“We started this game strong and were up 17-9 after one,” said Boonville JV coach Brock Hill. “Then we came out in the second quarter flat. They outscored us 23-8 to end the half and we never were able to recover. We played hard and kept battling but just didn’t have enough tonight. Losing on Courtwarming Night stings. We didn’t have our full roster tonight, though. A few guys were sitting for different reasons and we are a little banged up right now as well. But that’s not a good excuse. We have to be ready for those kinds of things that all teams go through. It’s always next man up. Luke Green did a good job picking up the scoring load for us with a season high 27 points, but in the end we still fell short.”
Along with Green’s 27 points, Brock Nowlin and Axton Nease each had nine points while Andrew Wiser chipped in three and Kayce Rice and Saylor Marquez each with two points.
For Versailles, Mikhail Gulyayev had 21, Kyle Bartlett 14 and Jordan Williams with 11.