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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:00 pm

Pacific and St. Clair, the only Four Rivers Conference schools in the St. Francis Borgia Thanksgiving Tournament, slugged it out Saturday in the seventh-place contest.

Sixth-seeded Pacific (1-2) escaped with a 55-48 victory over the eighth-seeded Bulldogs.

“It’s nice to get a win. We started slow for the second game in a row. We have to figure out how to play better at the beginning of games,” said Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer. “We came out of this one OK, but were outscored 10-2 in the first quarter against Carnahan. If we would have scored at all in the first quarter, we would have won that game.”

St. Clair (0-3) held the lead for much of the first half until the Indians took the lead for good late in the second period.

“It’s a process for us. Our kids want to win, so they’re disappointed. We continue to get better. Our defense was better,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “We made some mistakes at bad times. We had some bad fouls and didn’t block out at times. We have to eliminate those things. Overall, I was happy. We have to correct mistakes. We have to get better.”

Cullen VanLeer paced the Indians with 18 points and six rebounds. He represented Pacific on the all-tournament team.

Sophomore Noah Boyer gave the Indians a spark with 12 points. Tanner Brown also scored 12 points.

Zeth Boyer added eight points and six rebounds.

Jeffrey Hinkle collected one point and 10 rebounds.

Brendan Jett-Kell finished with three points. Stephen Watson had one point.

Logan Armstrong and Neil DeBold also played.

“Zeth is playing with a badly sprained wrist and had his best offensive game so far. He went to the boards hard and rebounded really well,” VanLeer said. “Noah (Zeth’s younger brother) shoots the basketball really well when he gets his feet under him. If he’s not the best three-point shooter in our program, he’s the second-best.”

Reno Jones led St. Clair with 15 points. He hit four three-pointers, three in the final two minutes of the game.

“Reno has a nice shot with a high release,” Korn said. “We’re going to need him. Adam Brott is more of a slasher. We need some outside shots to fall and he gave us that.”

Neyko Dominguez collected 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. He represented St. Clair on the all-tournament team.

Brandon York finished with seven points and eight rebounds.

Will Rolley scored six points. Evan Murphy netted five points. Adam Brott added two points and six rebounds. Ben Feddersen had two points.

Evan Powell, Austin Gotway and Spencer Crumbaugh also played.

Pacific had a huge advantage from the free-throw line, going 23-36. St. Clair was only 2-4.

St. Clair held leads of 10-7 after one quarter and 15-12 with two minutes left in the second period.

VanLeer scored seven points and Brown added three points in the final two minutes to lift the Indians to a 22-17 halftime advantage.

The Bulldogs cut Pacific’s lead to two points twice during the third quarter, but could never pull even.

The Indians led 37-31 after three quarters.

A basket by Rolley made the score 37-33 with 6:56 left in the game.

Pacific responded with an 8-0 run to extend its lead to 45-33 with 5:21 remaining.

“We started making shots and got some confidence. Once that happens, teams typically go on runs. We executed better in the second half,” VanLeer said. “Our defensive effort was real good. Jones hit three threes in the last two minutes, but other than that, we played solid defensively.”

Jones caught fire from the three-point line three times down the stretch to keep the Bulldogs alive.

“Pacific was picked to win our conference and we were right there with them,” Korn said. “We just need to continue to take steps forward. We have to keep building.”

“Last year, we also went 1-2 in this tournament and then we went on a run,” VanLeer said. “We need to build from this. We have some things we need to fix. We have to continue to work hard and get on a roll.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

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

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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