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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013 7:30 pm

In a game that never was in doubt, Pacific opened the Owensville Boys Basketball Tournament Wednesday with a win over Steelville.

The defending tournament champion and top-seeded Indians jumped to a 16-0 lead with just over three minutes elapsed in the game and cruised to a 69-13 victory over the eighth-seeded Cardinals.

It’s the fewest points allowed in a single game in the 24 years of the Owensville Tournament.

“I was a little curious how we would respond after the layoff from the holiday break, but we set the tempo right away with a fast start,” said Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer.

Other first-round scores were Hermann defeating Salem 53-49, Sullivan topping Owensville 54-37 and Cuba knocking off Linn, 62-49.

Pacific (7-4) played fourth-seeded Hermann (5-6) in the championship semifinals Friday night. The other championship semifinal was second-seeded Sullivan (8-3) against third-seeded Cuba (9-1). The tournament concludes Saturday.

“Hermann has been scoring some points this season. They have kids who can shoot the ball,” VanLeer said. “With the three other teams in the semifinals, we know we have to be ready to play in our next two games. We have to get better every day.”

Pacific’s pressure defense, both in the full court and half court, was too much for Steelville to overcome.

The Indians created turnovers with their defense, which lead to transition baskets. They also had a solid shooting night.

VanLeer took the full court press off even before the first quarter ended.

“We had 20 steals as a team,” VanLeer said. “We haven’t pressed much this season, but watching them on film, we thought we could get after them and force some turnovers, which we did.”

Doing much of the damage were Cullen VanLeer and Zeth Boyer, who finished with 19 points and 16 points, respectively.

Boyer, who added three steals and two assists, was 7-9 shooting from the field.

VanLeer, the MVP of last year’s Owensville Tournament, added seven assists and four steals. He scored the Indians’ first 11 points of the game, which included three three-pointers.

“Cullen had a solid game. He got us going early in the game,” VanLeer said. “Zeth also had a nice game.”

Brendan Jett-Kell and Stephen Watson both added eight points.

Noah Boyer pitched in with five points. Tanner Brown and Brandon Colter both netted four points.

Neil DeBold and Zach Kraus both scored two points. Kraus added five assists and three steals. Logan Armstrong had one point. Jeffrey Hinkle also played.

“Everybody stepped up and did nice things,” VanLeer said. “We had only two turnovers. We’ve had only three games this season with over 10 turnovers.”

Devin Diaz led Steelville (0-12) with four points.

The Indians were 7-10 from the free-throw line. The Cardinals were 1-6.

Pacific held a 24-2 lead after the first quarter and increased the advantage to 31-2 two minutes into the second quarter.

The score at halftime was 42-6.

The Indians outscored Steelville in the second half, 27-7.

The Cardinals did not score more than four points in any quarter.

Pacific led 56-10 after three quarters. The entire fourth period was played with a running clock.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Washington at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Union at Borgia     7 p.m.

St. Clair at Ozark    7 p.m.

Potosi at Pacific    7 p.m.

Cuba at Hermann    7 p.m.

Blair Oaks at Owensville    7 p.m.

Houston at St. James    7 p.m.

Troy at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at Orchard Farm    7 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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