The Boonville Pirates basketball team didn’t want to go out this way against top-seeded Warrensburg in the semifinal round of the Class 4 District 9 Tournament at Boonville High School.
While hosting a district tournament for the first time in over 30 years, the Pirates felt like they had home court advantage against the Tigers.
But with a senior dominated team like Warrensburg, the Pirates literally had no chance while trailing for 30 of the 32 minutes in a 64-34 loss.
Boonville finished the season at 14-12 overall while Warrensburg improved to 23-3. The Tigers will now play No. 2 Helias for the championship on Thursday starting at 7:45 p.m. The Crusaders beat No. 3 Marshall 72-48.
The winner of the district tournament will play the District 10 winner on Tuesday, March 5th at the Gale Bullman Multipurpose Building in Rolla starting at 6 p.m.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said this was a tough pill to swallow after the loss.
“We put together a gameplan and Warrensburg executed theirs better than we did,” Oswald said. “We knew they had a tough senior filled team and we would have a tough task ahead of us, but we were up for it. They got hot early and we’re firing on all cylinders and we struggled to keep up with them. Tonight’s loss isn’t what I wanted our guys or the fans to remember.
“We had a successful season filled with many highs and lows, but the memories we created during the highs and the fun times are what we will remember. We had three seniors in Kellen Brownfield, Malik Brazil, and Clayton Gochenour who played their last game tonight, and although they will be missed for years to come, the impact they made on and off the court will be their legacy here. I love all these guys I’ve had the privilege of coaching and they will all be missed.”
Although the Tigers wound up pulling away in the second half, Boonville kept the game fairly close for the first two periods while actually playing Warrensburg to a 7-7 tie with 5:04 left in the first.
However turnovers and poor shooting led to Boonville’s downfall after that as Warrensburg closed out the first period on a 10-2 run to lead by a score of 19-9.
The Pirates also managed to keep the game close in the second quarter by cutting the lead to five at 21-16 after a three by senior Clayton Gochenour and a two from Tramell Coleman. Unfortunately for Boonville, they would get no closer in the ballgame as Warrensburg closed out the rest of the half on a 16-5 run to go in at the half on top 37-21.
The Tigers also hit a spurt in the final two minutes and 58 seconds by outscoring Boonville 9-3, which included a dunk by senior Zach Reed.
Senior Peyton Long led Warrensburg in the first half with 11 points while Charlie Bronakowski had only six points for the high to lead Boonville.
The second half was pretty much like the first as Warrensburg dominated Boonville in every facet of the game by outscoring the Pirates 27-13 to win the game by 30.
Reed finished the game with 15 for Warrensburg while Peyton Long added 13 and Luke Mackey with 11.
For Boonville, Bronakowski, Coleman and DJ Wesolak each had six points while Gochenour added five, Avian Thomas four, Josh Chrisman three and Malik Brazil and Kellen Brownfield each with two.