If you like offense, the Boonville-California game Tuesday night at the Windsor gymnasium had plenty of it with a total of 165 points score in 32 minutes of basketball.
The good news is that the Pirates came out on the winning end by beating the Pintos 96-69.
The win improved Boonville’s record to 16-4 overall and 4-1 in the Tri-County Conference. California fell to 7-12 overall and 0-4 in the TCC.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Mark Anderson said it was a fun win.
“I thought we gave up too many second chance points, but when we play at that pace you’re going to give up points,” Anderson said. “There were a couple of threes that I didn’t like that we gave up, but that’s a team that is playing a lot better than when we saw them early. The game scared me a little bit. They just beat Centralia not too long ago in the finals of their own tournament, so that probably helped that they played last night. Going against us is probably not great for them on back to back nights. But I like the pace we played with and how hard we played.”
With next week being the final week of the regular season, the Pirates definitely proved that they can score points by setting a season-high in points.
But it wasn’t always a thing of beauty for Boonville, notably, the 6-0 start by California in the first-two minutes of the ballgame.
However, after riding the storm, the Pirates settled down into some good old fashion basketball and reeled off nine straight to go up 9-6.
Boonville never trailed after that by outscoring California 26-19 in the first quarter.
“I thought we recovered pretty quickly and got back up 9-8 and opened it up a little bit,” Anderson said. “I like the fact that I didn’t have to call a timeout there. I just trusted the fact that we were going to get back on schedule and they did, so that is a positive from it.”
The second quarter was pretty much like the first as Boonville held a 22-17 advantage to go up 12 (48-36) at the half.
The Pirates also finished the second quarter with four threes compared to two for the Pintos.
Despite the double-digit lead over California at the half, Anderson said the one thing that he was disappointed with was that Boonville gave up too many offensive rebounds for having the size that they did.
“We decided to kind of out athlete them instead of go block somebody out,” Anderson said. “But overall, it’s obviously fun to come out and score the way we did. We knocked down some threes, which we are a much better team obviously as everybody is when you hit some threes. I thought that really makes us look good, though.”
While Boonville had a total of five three-pointers in the first half, junior Charlie Bronakowski nailed down three for the Pirates while Tyson Franklin and Sam Esser each had one.
Of course if you thought the first half was wild with a total of 84 points scored, Boonville came back and put up 36 more in the third period. The Pirates also took a total of 22 shots in the period, making 13.
Boonville led by as much as 26 in the third quarter, which just so happened to come on the final basket of the period by junior Kayle Rice to make it 84-58.
The Pirates hit the 30 point mark with 4:49 left in the game on a three-point play by Rice to extend the lead to 92-62. With a running clock at that point, California came back with the next-seven points to cut the lead to 23 (92-69). Then, to closeout the game, freshman Colby Caton hit two short jumpers to end the scoring.
Boonville also outscored California 12-11 in the final period.
Anderson said this was a feel good victory and gets Boonville to 4-1 in the league.
“We had a few mistakes but I like the direction that we are heading,” Anderson said. “We’re 16-4, and coming down the stretch, I think we’re playing pretty well. We have Southern Boone coming up next week but we have two big ones before that at Smith-Cotton on Feb. 11 and Fulton on Feb. 17.”
Bronakowski led four players in double figures for Boonville with 22 points. D. J. Wesolak chipped in 19, Lane West 16, Tyson Franklin 15, Kayle Rice seven, Luke Green six, Jackson Johns and Colby Caton each with four and Sam Esser with three.
For California, Trevor Myers had 23, Trevor Porter 14 and Jordan Bondurant with 11.
In the JV game, California defeated Boonville 57-33.
The Pirates, dropping to 2-9 overall and 1-3 in the TCC, trailed California 27-19 at the half and 39-27 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Pintos outscored Boonville 18-6.
“We really struggled to put points on the board tonight,” said Boonville JV coach Brock Hill. “We missed far too many easy layups right at the rim, especially down the stretch in the fourth quarter when we had to have them.  We are not going to beat many teams, scoring 33 points in a game.  Defensively we gave up far to many rebounds which lead to second and third chance buckets.  We haven’t really guarded the ball well, or at least for a complete game all year.  Their top two players scored more than our entire team.  We have to find ways to score the basketball better in the future if we expect to give ourselves a chance to compete.  Part of it is taking care of the ball and the other part is simply making layups when we get them.”
Axton Nease had the team-high for Boonville with nine points. Colby Caton and DaWan Lomax chipped in eight points each while Caidyn Hazel, Byron Thomas, Aidan Lemmons and Andrew Wiser added two points each.
Kaden Keenan had 19 points and Ian Peterson 15 to lead California.