Boone Central boys romp past Mustangs

There haven’t been many dominant blowout victories for a young Boone Central squad during a tough 5-16 basketball season.
The Cardinals and their fans did get to enjoy one Tuesday, Feb. 11, as Boone Central romped by visiting Stanton 57-33.
The Cards were clicking from the start, with harrassing fullcourt pressure and sharp marksmanship producing an 18-3 first quarter lead. Blaine Young nailed a pair of 3-point shots and scored eight points, and Ryan Kramer tallied six points to spur BC’s fast start.
Boone Central continued to roll from there. Braden Benes added a 3-pointer and scored seven points as the Cardinals went up 34-11 at halftime. The fun continued in the third period, with Benes hitting another three and Alex Christo scoring six points to fuel a 15-3 BC run.
“We came out ready to play against Stanton. We did a great job with our press,” Cardinal Coach Justin Harris praised. “We crashed the offensive glass really well. We did what we needed to take control of the game from the start, which was great to see.”

Thursday proved to be the opposite side of the coin for the Cardinals.
Visiting Class B Northwest (13-9) was the one who started swiftly, leaving Boone Central to battle uphill the entire night. The Vikings bolted to a 22-10 lead in the first eight minutes and held a 41-25 advantage at halftime. With Benes sinking two 3-pointers and Young one, Boone Central outscored Northwest 22-20 in the third period, but the Cardinals could never really dig far into the early deficit.
“We had some moments against Northwest, but had too many missed opportunities and gave up too many easy baskets,” Harris said. “We had a poor start to a team you cannot put yourself in a hole against.”

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