You could have flipped a coin Monday night in a back and forth battle between the Boonville Pirates and Fulton Hornets.
With Boonville winning the first half and Fulton controlling the second half, it came as no surprise that both teams would be tied at 56-all at the end of regulation.
But it’s what happened in overtime that will forever be remembered as Boonville sophomore D.J. Wesolak hit a three-pointer to tie the game with 15 seconds left only to have Fulton’s John Adams bury a three at the buzzer to win it 67-64.
The loss dropped Boonville to 17-5 on the season.
“We lost a back-and-forth, very competitive and very intense game tonight in overtime to Fulton,” said Boonville coach Mark Anderson.  “We had a 9-point lead in the second quarter and a 9-point lead with about 5 or 6 minutes to go. We had some bad possessions after that to let them back in the game.  But give credit to Fulton; they played really hard and just made a couple more plays than we did when it mattered.  I thought the key difference in the game was our poor rebounding; as well as we rebounded it against Smith-Cotton on Friday night. We gave up way too many second-chance and third-chance points to Fulton tonight.”
The Pirates did everything right for the most part in the first half by leading the Hornets 25-21 at the break.
Boonville won the first quarter 13-8 while Fulton finished one better in the second period 13-12 despite trailing by as much as nine.
Of course the second half was just as close as the first. Fulton outscored Boonville 35-31 in the final-two periods and held a 20-16 advantage in the third quarter. Both teams put up 15 points in the final period but the game was clearly Boonville’s to win while leading by nine (54-45) with 5-6 minutes left.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they were unable to protect the lead as Fulton somehow got it tied at the end of regulation and then outscored Boonville 11-8 in extra time.
Anderson said junior Charlie Bronakowski had a pretty decent look at a jumper in the corner at the buzzer at the end of regulation that just wouldn’t go down.
Boonville sophomore Luke Green had his second straight game of leading the team in scoring with 20 points. He also dished out two assists.
Bronakowski finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists while Wesolak added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Tyson Franklin eight points and one rebound, Kayle Rice three points and seven rebounds, Lane West three points, three rebounds and three assists and Jackson Johns with two points.
Boonville also shot 40 percent from the field for the game and 42 percent from the three-point arc. From the foul line, the Pirates were 8 of 12 for 67 percent.
For Fulton, Cortland Simmons had 24 points and John Adams 10.
Fulton also won the JV game against Boonville 53-24.
The Pirates, dropping to 2-12 on the season, trailed Fulton 29-14 at the half and 43-21 after three quarters of play.
Boonville JV coach Brock Hill said this was just a poor uninspired effort tonight for most of the game.
“I really thought as a team we took a step back tonight,” Hill said. “We showed some improvement in our last two games.  I thought we competed hard and gave good effort against California and Smith-Cotton.  Not tonight.  After the first quarter it seemed we just took our foot off the gas.  We only scored 3 points in the second and fourth quarter.  Six total points in two quarters.  In those same two periods, Fulton scored 26 points.  If we expect to win, we have to be able to put points on the board.  Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed after this one.  We need to give a better all around effort in our last two games of the season.”
Colby Caton had 10 points to lead all scorers in the game for Boonville. DaWan Lomax chipped in six while Aidan Lemmons added five and Edrissa Bah with three.
For Fulton, Colby Lancaster had 14 and Ian Poore with 10.