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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 9:00 am

A stingy defensive effort by Poplar Bluff was the difference in a boys basketball victory over St. Clair Saturday at the Bank of Sullivan Shootout.

The Bulldogs (3-6) never got settled offensively and saw their three-game winning streak come to an end at Sullivan High School, 61-41.

“They did a very nice job defensively. On the catch, they were there every single time. They rotated well,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “The big man in the middle, he disrupts a lot of things. Offensively, we did not do a very good job. We did a good job boxing him out, but then nobody got the basketball.”

The more the game progressed, the more physical it got.

“I knew it was going to be physical, maybe not quite as much as it was,” Korn said. “Our players weren’t ready for it. I told them it was going to be physical and they were going to push us around, and they didn’t believe me. With that being said, we missed three layups and the front end of a one-and-one in the first half. We were right there.”

Neyko Dominguez led the way for St. Clair with 15 points, 12 in the second half.

Adam Brott finished the game with eight points. Brandon York and Reno Jones both added seven points. Will Rolley scored four points.

Poplar Bluff (6-2) won its sixth straight game after starting the season with two straight losses. Chris Stocks led the Mules with 15 points.

Leading 12-7 after one quarter, the Mules outscored the Bulldogs 18-10 in the second quarter to increase their advantage to 30-17 at intermission.

Hopes of a comeback fell short as St. Clair was outscored in the third quarter once again by an 18-10 margin to make the score 48-27.

The Bulldogs pulled to within 12 points in the fourth quarter before the Mules stretched it back to the final margin of 20 points.

“I think their pressure got to our guys. That’s something we’ve been addressing in practice. When we play a team like that, if we don’t practice like that every day, you’re not going to be ready,” Korn said. “We’ve been stressing it. We’re getting better. We’re not there yet. There are still days that we don’t get after it like we need to get after it. Hopefully it was an eye-opening experience.”

Korn still appreciated the effort throughout the contest.

“We didn’t quit. More than anything else, we’ve talked about working hard every day in every game and never giving up,” Korn said. “At one point we made it a 12-point game. We worked hard.”

St. Clair now will enjoy the holiday break.

“I actually get to give these kids a break. After we get a break, we can come back with some fresh legs and hit that first week to go over some things,” Korn said. “We’re still excited about what’s ahead of us. We want to be competing for a conference championship and a district championship. We’ve played pretty well in our two conference games. January is just a brutal month. I think we play 12 times.”

St. Clair does not play again until the Washington Tournament Jan. 7-12.

The eighth-seeded Bulldogs take on top-seeded Washington in the opening round Monday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m.

“We have a long break to get ready for Washington, a really good team, at their tournament. We’ll be respectful of everyone we play, but we won’t be fearful of anyone. These kids have played against really good teams,” Korn said. “Hopefully we can give Washington a game. We’ll get a chance to see them play at Meramec. We have three weeks to prepare for them while they prepare for other things. They don’t even know who we are right now.”


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

Thursday, Dec. 18

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

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

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.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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