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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Pacific was victorious in its final boys basketball game of the regular season, but also suffered a huge loss in the injury department.

Sophomore guard Cullen VanLeer, who averages 18 points and nearly five assists per game, suffered an injury to his right knee during the game and will miss the remainder of the season.

The Indians (16-9) won their home game over De Soto (15-10), 47-35.

Late in the first quarter, VanLeer got a steal and moved in for a layup.

“On his way up, he felt something pop,” said John VanLeer, Cullen’s father and Pacific’s head coach. “There wasn’t much contact with another player. He might have gotten clipped on the arm, but not enough for a foul to be called.”

VanLeer’s injury is a tibial tubercle fracture. There’s a broken bone where the patellar tendon connects to the top of the tibia, which likely will require surgery.

The hope is for VanLeer to return in time for the district golf tournament this spring. He was a state qualifier last year as a freshman.

“It’s very disappointing. Cullen has put a lot of time in basketball. But that’s life. Unfortunately, things like this happen sometimes,” VanLeer said. “We have to move on as a team. Hopefully we can play with some extra inspiration. We want to play for Cullen and prove that we’re a complete basketball team. Cullen knows the game very well. He’ll be an extra coach for us on the bench.”

VanLeer, who ends his sophomore season with 887 career points, appears to be in good spirits.

“He’s OK. He’s taking it pretty well,” John VanLeer said. “We’re glad he’s a sophomore and not a senior.”

Coach VanLeer said that Cullen had a message for his team the night of his injury.

“Cullen asked me to tell the team that even though he’s done for the season, the team isn’t,” VanLeer said.

John VanLeer, always a confident individual, still has faith in the Indians.

“We’ll be up for the challenge. We still have a lot of good athletes and players on our team. I expect us to play well,” VanLeer said. “We don’t have anyone who can do what Cullen can do. We’re not going to have anyone hit 26-foot three-pointers. The kids just have to step up and play their roles a little better. I’m confident in our guys. If we play solid defense, I still think we can do well and win.”

VanLeer said after the injury, the Indians played a solid game.

“We outplayed and outscored a good De Soto team with 15 wins 33-25 after Cullen’s injury. Our defense was really good,” VanLeer said. “Zach Kraus did a good job at point guard, taking over for Cullen. Tanner Brown also played a little at the point.”

Tanner Brown paced Pacific with 10 points and four assists.

Zach Kraus added nine points, three rebounds and two steals.

Logan Armstrong netted eight points.

Zeth Boyer, Noah Boyer and VanLeer each scored six points. Zeth added five rebounds and two assists. Noah had four assists.

Jeffrey Hinkle had two points and three rebounds.

Also playing were Neil DeBold, Brendan Jett-Kell, Stephen Watson, Brandon Colter and Brett Mann.

Pacific shot 36 percent from the field and was 10-23 from the free-throw line.

The Indians held leads of 14-10 after one quarter, 30-20 at halftime and 40-26 after three quarters.

“I thought our kids reacted pretty well after losing our best player. We still played pretty well,” VanLeer said. “We struggled from the free-throw line. If we would have hit our free throws, we would have blown them out.”

The Indians’ junior varsity team ended the season with a record of 14-10 overall and 6-1 in the Four Rivers Conference.

Pacific hosts next week’s Class 4 District 9 Tournament. The second-seeded Indians received a first-round bye and will play either third-seeded Sullivan or sixth-seeded Owensville in the semifinals Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

“I think it’s wide open. (Seth) Mesey is hurt for Sullivan, so I’m not sure of his status. We’re without Cullen,” VanLeer said. “St. Clair and Borgia are strong. If Union plays well, they have a shot. It’s a good district. I think there will be some good games.”

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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.

Wrestling

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

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