Perry built an early lead on the shoulders of senior Kyle Nevitt and Boone battled against a deficit for the entirety of the first half. The Toreadors had a great defensive effort in the second quarter which kept them in the game. On offense, the Boone junior Trevor Van Pelt played big time minutes in the second quarter as he knocked down a pair of three-pointers to carry the team. At the half, Boone trailed Perry 27-23. Van Pelt led the Toreadors at the break with eight points.
“I was feeling it in the first half,” said Van Pelt. “Seeing the ball go in gave me the confidence to keep shooting and my teammates set me up for good looks.”
Boone dug themselves a hole in the third quarter as they were trailing 31-23. The Toreadors battled back and went on a 17-2 run which was sparked by the full court press and a thunderous crowd. Boone outscored Perry 19-8 in the third quarter and had a 7 point lead going into the final stanza.
The Bluejays spent most of the fourth quarter chipping away at a deficit, but Boone maintained their lead due to the shooting of senior Ethan Lewis. Lewis had zero points in the first half, but he really showed up with the game on the line. Lewis converted a long three-pointer with 1:30 remaining in the game to stretch the Toreador lead to six. Boone would hold onto the lead and secure their spot in the substate final. Four Toreadors finished in double figures and that was crucial to Boone coming away with the victory.
Boone travels to Johnston on Monday for the substate final. In the first on January 3rd, Mustang-Toreador matchup, Boone suffered a 56-50 loss.
CAPTION: Junior Trevor Van Pelt rises up over junior Rashon Ivory for the three pointer. Van Pelt finished with 11 points off the bench.