Boone Central had a successful week following the holiday break, posting a 2-1 record, but not quite as successful as the Cardinals hoped.
Although Boone evened its season record at 5-5 with the victories, the Cardinals were unable to capture the Boone Central Holiday Tournament championship, falling to Adams Central.
Cardinals 76, Alliance 55
Boone Central had a good start in the tourney, blitzing Alliance 76-55 in the first round Dec. 28.
The Cards had a bit of a sluggish start, leading 16-15 after the initial period of play, but their full court pressure defense began to take a toll in the second quarter,and led to more aggressive play on the offensive end. With Alex Christo nailing a pair of 3-pointers and scoring eight points, Boone scored 26 in the period and took a 42-25 lead into intermission. Alliance (3-5) played the Cards nearly even in the second half, but the margin from the second quarter blitz held firm.
“I thought this was one of our better games this season,” Boone Coach Justin Harris praised. “We were able to apply pressure that led to some easy points. I thought we played aggressively and stayed in that mindset throughout, creating the looks we needed to.”
Adams Central 51, Cards 49
Adams Central was able to handle Boone Central pressure, slow the game with hustling zone defense and squeeze out a 51-49 victory in the holiday tournament final Wednesday.
On the other hand, the host Cardinals struggled to find offensive rhythm in the first half and could not take advantage of open looks against the zone defense throughout the contest.
“We had a poor first half. I didn’t think we played aggressively, and didn’t think we took advantage of opportunities,” Harris said. “We came out with more fire in the second half and executed the things we wanted. We have to shoot the ball better from the outside, considering how many open looks we had. At the end, we could never get the stop we needed to actually take the lead.”
Boone scored just 18 points in the opening 16 minutes and trailed Adams Central 28-18 at halftime. Calvin Webster hit a 3-pointer and scored five points in the third period, Garrett Rasmussen added five on the inside, and the Cardinals used a 17-9 extended run to close the gap. While Boone kept nipping at the heels of the Patriots in the late going, it could never get over the final hump, missing a number of chances to tie or take the lead.
Cardinals 54, St. Paul 39
Boone Central bounced back to earn an important win on New Years Eve, topping visiting St. Paul 54-39.
Calvin Webster spurred a good start with seven first-quarter points and the Cardinals built a 27-19 halftime lead. Three-pointers and five points apiece by Bird and Christo sparked a 16-7 run in the third period, allowing Boone to pull away.
“We got off to a good start. I thought we attacked fairly well throughout and continued to put pressure on their defense. We didn’t shoot well from the free throw line, as we were 6-of-17. That needs to be better, as then we’re in complete control.”
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