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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 4:30 pm

Opening the 61st Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament against Borgia and Miller Career Academy isn’t the easiest road for any team, much less a St. Clair squad with little varsity experience.

Following a 63-21 loss to Borgia in their opener, the Bulldogs showed improvement Wednesday against Miller Career Academy in a 86-63 setback.

“More than anything else, we competed, and that’s what we talked about doing. I want to be a help and recover defensive team. Before the recover, we need to get the help part down and we’re getting better at that,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “Things we cannot simulate in practice, we got to see tonight, and the kids never backed down. I’d like to play against those guys every day in practice. We were more under control than we were the first night. It’s a good learning experience and I’m going to use all five of my timeouts every chance I get.”

St. Clair (0-2) plays O’Fallon Christian (0-2) in the Gold Division consolation game Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

“O’Fallon Christian has a couple of players who haven’t played yet. When they come back, they could be really tough,” Korn said. “One of the reasons we like this tournament is because we see teams we’ve never seen. It’s not always good to lose by 20 or 40, but my kids are still positive. They battle for me. I enjoy this group. They play hard.”

St. Clair’s offense got a boost from Reno Jones and Damon Arnold, who finished the game with 19 points and 17 points, respectively.

“If Damon is open, he can shoot. It’s a nice thing to have. We need to get him in rhythm a little better, meaning feet set and ready to shoot when he catches,” Korn said. “Reno has really worked on his game. He’s not going to see defensive pressure like that very much. Now he might see a box-and-one or be defended in other ways, but this was good for him because he doesn’t see that kind of defensive pressure in practice.”

Harley Love, Darrell Martin and Kyler Waldo each collected six points.

Kevin Cox scored five points. Keola Bursey and Wyatt Wachter both had two points.

Rashad Jordan scored 20 points to lead the Phoenix (1-1), who will play Union in the Gold third-place game Saturday at 3 p.m.

Marcel Lee finished the game with 19 points. Rashid Bivens scored 10 points.

“They hit some shots. They have some nice players,” Korn said. “We made some mistakes that we need to take away and learn from. Our kids do need to grow and learn a little on their own.”

Trailing 22-13 after one quarter, St. Clair opened the second period on a 10-0 run over the first 3 1/2 minutes to grab a 23-22 advantage.

“They were in some foul trouble, so we were able to shoot some free throws,” Korn said. “We weren’t getting pressed at that time. There were 10 minutes of real time where we were able to get the ball down the floor, get some open looks and free throws and set up our defense.”

In a blink of an eye, with their defensive pressure and hot shooting, the Phoenix responded with a 11-0 run in a span of 52 seconds to take the lead for good, 33-23.

Miller Career led 45-31 at halftime.

St. Clair was outscored 41-32 in the second half, including 26-15 in the third quarter. The Bulldogs had a 17-15 edge during the final eight minutes.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games