The Boonville Pirates basketball team rallied from a five point deficit at the end of the third quarter by outscoring Moberly 30-9 in the fourth period for a 68-52 victory Thursday night in Moberly.
The Pirates, winners of five straight, improved to 6-1 overall.
Of course it didn’t look good early on for Boonville, who trailed 18-15 after first period’s end, 36-24 at the half and 43-38 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, the Pirates stormed back and outscored the Spartans by 21 for the win.
Boonville coach Mark Anderson said it was a tale of two halves.  
“We played a flat, uninspired first half, and we really got outplayed by Moberly in the first half,” Anderson said. “I thought they played harder and just played better than we did in the first 16 minutes.  We weren’t very good on either side of the court, and we dug ourselves a big hole, being down 12 points at halftime.  As disappointed as I was with how we played in the first half,
“I was really pleased with how we responded and bounced back in the second half.  We played with more energy, and we got better possessions.  We got to the offensive glass and we were able to create some turnovers in the second half.  We were still down five at the end of the third quarter, but we had a huge fourth quarter and outscored them 30-9 to finish with a 16-point win.  D.J. got some big buckets for us in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his 14 points in that quarter.  Kayle Rice and Tyson Franklin both hit big three-pointers in the fourth quarter that stretched the lead open for us.”
Junior Charlie Bronakowski had another big night for the Pirates with 14 points and 20 rebounds for a double-double.
D.J. Wesolak finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist while Tyson Franklin added 11 points and one rebound, Lane West eight points, seven rebounds and two assists, Tramell Coleman eight points, three rebounds and two steals, Kayle Rice five points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist, Luke Green four points, three rebounds and two assists and Jackson Johns with four points, one rebound and one steal.
The Pirates also had a big night on the boards by out-rebounded Moberly 46-24-19 of which came on the offensive end. Boonville also shot 46 percent from the field for the game. However, at the foul line, the Pirates were just 5 of 17 for 29.4 percent.
Moberly was led by Jaisten Payne with 23 points.
In the JV game, Moberly defeated Boonville 65-57.
The Pirates, 0-1 on the season, trailed Moberly 35-28 at the half and 53-46 after three quarters of play. The Spartans also outscored Boonville 12-11 in the final period.
Boonville JV coach Brock Hill said this was the JV teams first game of the year and made a lot of first game mistakes.  
“With that said, we did not play well in this game,” Hill said. “We didn’t communicate well on the defensive end and we also didn’t rebound well.  Lots of turnovers in this game from both teams.  We were down 35-28 at half and I thought we were pretty lucky to be that close.  We came out in the second half and played them pretty much even.  Not much better than the first half.  Just a lot of sloppy play.  Being our first game some of that is to be expected.  On the bright, I thought our effort was good for most of the game.  We just got outplayed.  We only had six guys tonight that played and I’m sure our guys were tired.  We were missing a few freshman that we will have moving forward that I believe will really help us in the future.  We just have to get better.  We have some things to work on in practice and we will get that time over break.  However, our next game is tomorrow against Eldon JV so we will have to be tough and turn around to finish this back to back.  We now have that first game out of the way and I believe we can be pretty good once we all get on the same page.”
Axton Nease had the game-high for Boonville with 19 points. DaWan Lomax chipped in 16, Aidan Lemmons 14 and Andrew Wiser with eight.
For Moberly, Noah Stice and Brendan Milcik each had 15, Martez Nabors 12 and Charez Nichols with 10.