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Pacific Races Past Dutchmen

By Michael Alvey Missourian Sports Writer​ ​ ​

The Four Rivers Conference title will effectively come down to one game.

After Pacific (15-7, 6-0) defeated Owensville at home Tuesday, 55-26, the Indians’ game at Sullivan (17-6, 5-0) Friday would likely determine who would win the conference crown.

The Indians had no trouble blowing by the Dutchmen, who are 0-5 in the FRC.

“It was one of those games where we were quite a bit better than them, I think, and our kids executed well,” said Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer.

Pacific led 19-7 after the first quarter, 32-16 at halftime and 44-19 through three quarters. The Indians outscored Owensville 11-7 in the fourth quarter.

Senior Jake Klenke led the Indians in scoring with 21 points, going 8-10 from the field and 5-5 from the three-point line.

“He actually came off the bench,” VanLeer said. “He was sick the day before, so he didn’t start. He got going. Cam (VanLeer) did a good job finding him when he got hot. Jake’s just really shooting the ball well.”

Junior Cameron VanLeer was next with 13 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds.

Junior Tom Hennessy scored six points.

Junior Ryan Sauvage had five points.

Senior Michael Black scored three points.

Juniors Trey Boyer and Matt Strong both had two points.

Senior Dalton Parks added one point.

Senior Lucas Vandaveer led in rebounds with eight.

The Indians’ contest against Sullivan will be a battle between undefeated conference foes.

Sullivan has one conference game remaining after the Pacific game, at Owensville Tuesday.

 The Pacific-Sullivan game  also will likely be key in district seeding.

“It’s going to be a good battle,” VanLeer said. “Both of us are undefeated in the conference and it’s probably going to determine district seeding. I think it should be a good game, hopefully we come out and execute our game plan. Being their homecoming, we’re going to have to come out focused and ready to go.”