Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald knew it would be tough to beat Southern Boone Wednesday night in Tri-County Conference action at Ashland.
With sickness going around on the team, the Pirates also had to take into consideration that since joining the TCC they are a collective 3-6 at Ashland for the 2018-19 season.
As it turned out, the Eagles were not in the giving mood while leading Boonville from start to finish for a 76-61 victory.
“Tough place to play and we let them start with momentum and they never gave it up,” said Boonville coach Jesse Oswald.  “Every run we had they countered with another small run. You cant give anything to them throughout the game because they are smart and wont give anything back. They've got some really good players and we had a hard time making things tough on them. I thought defensively we were good in spurts but not consistent enough. They played smart with the lead and we played catchup the whole night.”
The Pirates, dropping to 12-10 overall and 3-2 in the TCC, trailed from the opening tip against SBC as the Eagles led 21-13 after one, 39-29 at the half and 53-44 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, SBC outscored Boonville 22-17 to win the game by 15.
Sam Stichnote had 30 points and Brady Trammell 20 to lead SBC.
For Boonville, Avian Thomas netted 21, Clayton Gochenour and Charlie Bronakowski 10 each, Tramell Coleman and DJ Wesolak seven each, Josh Chrisman four and Kellen Brownfield with two.
In the JV game, Southern Boone defeated Boonville 65-36.
The Pirates, dropping to 4-12 overall and 1-3 in the TCC, trailed SBC 33-16 at the half and then was outscored 32-20 in the final two periods to suffer the loss.
“We just simply didn’t play well today,” said Boonville JV coach Brock Hill. “The second quarter really killed us.  They outscored us 20-9. We got outscored in every quarter of this game.  We just couldn’t find enough scoring to keep up tonight.  We turned the ball over to much and gave up to many offensive rebounds.  Too many easy buckets at the rim.  There just is not much good to say about this game.  The only silver lining is we get to turn around and play tomorrow against California.  So we don’t have to dwell on this loss.  Just put it behind us and move on.”
Blake Dapkus had 14, Ethan Osborne 11 and Treevin Ulrich with 10 for SBC.
For Boonville, Tyson Franklin tossed in 16, Axton Nease six, Andrew Wiser five and Landon Williams, Luke Green, Brock Nowlin and Aidan Lemmons each with two.