Drops to 12-11 overall and 3-3 in league play
The Boonville Pirates basketball team dropped its third game in a row by losing to the California Pintos in Tri-County Conference action Thursday night 74-68.
The Pirates, falling to 12-11 overall and 3-3 in league play, opened the first half with a 37-35 lead against California but was outscored by eight (39-31) in the second half to suffer the loss.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said this was another tough road game.
“A game of runs and I said whoever went on the last run would win the game and it was them,” Oswald said. “I thought we could've done a better job on the offensive end when we broke their press, but too often we let their press speed us up in the half court still when we could have slowed it down. We should have made them guard us more in the half court because we would break their press and take rushed shots. They might have been open but they were rushed and not our normal shots. Defensively we did ok. Giving up 74 in a game like this isn’t as bad considering it was mostly a running game with a lot of possessions. I thought we lost this one on the offensive end. We have to do a better job of coming together to find a way to win.”
Charlie Bronakowski led four players in double figures for Boonville with 22 points. Clayton Gochenour chipped in 14 while Tramell Coleman added 13, DJ Wesolak 11, Avian Thomas four and Josh Chrisman and Malik Brazil each with two points.
For California, Trystan Hees had 21 and Isaac Ash 20.
In the JV game, California defeated California 78-77.
The Pirates, dropping to 4-13 overall and 1-4 in the CAC, led California 23-16 after one, 39-35 at the half and 58-56 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Boonville outscored California 22-19 for the victory.
Boonville Pirates JV coach Brock Hill said the pace of this game was fast all night.
“It was a really high scoring game. We knew coming into the game that California wanted to play fast and were going to press all game long,” Hill said. “And that is exactly what they did. They started out the game on a 10-0 run. We turned the ball over 5 or 6 times in the first 3 minutes of the game. We just didn’t come out ready to break their press even though we talked about how to beat it before the game. We called a timeout and made some adjustments. Then we went on a 18-3 run of our own. After we took the lead in the first quarter we kept it until the very end of the game. They took the lead back with under a minute. They lead by one point with 15 seconds left. We took the ball out after a timeout and broke the press but couldn’t get to the rim.
“I called our last timeout with 2.3 seconds left and called a sideline out of bound play to try to get a good look. We didn’t execute well out of the timeout and ended up with a tough shot from beyond the arc that just missed. It’s never fun to be on the losing end of a game like this but we really battled the whole game. Their biggest lead was 10 and our biggest lead was 11 I believe. This game was pretty close all the way through. Give credit to California. They made shots when they needed to and executed late to win this game. Pirates JV team has one game left this coming Tuesday against Osage.”
Calen Kruger had 17 points to lead all scorers for California. Nathan Ahart chipped in 16 points while Marcus Imhoff added 14 points.
For Boonville, Luke Green had 22, Tyson Franklin 19, Axton Nease 15, Kayle Rice nine, Andrew Wiser six, Aidan Lemmons three, Gage Sprigg two and Landon Williams with one.