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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 3:00 pm

Pacific won for the third straight time and climbed over the .500 mark with a boys basketball victory Friday over Salem.

The Indians (3-2) broke open a close game with a fourth-quarter run in a 49-37 victory at Pacific High School.

Leading 31-28 after three quarters, Pacific outscored Salem 18-9 over the final eight minutes.

“We hit some shots down the stretch and played a solid game defensively,” said Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer. “We did a good job switching on screens in the fourth quarter and didn’t let them get good looks at the basket. We’re not a big team, but we have six or seven guys all around the same size that allows us to be effective at switching on screens. We’re pretty athletic. Our defense has been good.”

It was a big game offensively for cousins Cullen VanLeer and Brendan Jett-Kell, who combined to score 41 of the Indians’ 49 points.

VanLeer led all scorers with 27 points, 18 in the first half, to go with eight rebounds and six assists. He nailed three three-pointers in the first quarter, including one from approximately 30 feet away.

“Cullen shot the ball well and also got to the free-throw line,” VanLeer said. “He had a good all-around game.”

Jett-Kell gave the Indians a major scoring spark, going 4-5 from the three-point line to finish with 14 points. He also had three assists.

“Brendan made some big threes in the fourth quarter to give us some space,” VanLeer said about his nephew. “He shot the ball really, which he’s capable of doing. He also was 2-2 from the free-throw line.”

Zeth Boyer, Tanner Brown, Neil DeBold and Logan Armstrong each scored two points.

Armstrong grabbed four rebounds. Boyer added three rebounds and three assists. Brown had three rebounds and two assists.

Jeffrey Hinkle pulled down three rebounds. Noah Boyer and Stephen Watson also played.

The Indians were 10-16 from the free-throw line.

“Everyone played their role,” VanLeer said. “We missed some easy shots in the paint, but as long as we keep working, those shots will fall for us.”

Chad Elliott, a 6-3 senior guard, led Salem (1-1) with 20 points.

“Elliott gave us a little trouble. He’s a nice player,” VanLeer said. “Overall from top to bottom, we were the more balanced team.”

Trailing 12-11 after one quarter, Pacific came back to hold a 23-17 halftime advantage.

Jett-Kell drilled a three-pointer as the first half ended to give the Indians a six-point advantage.

The stands were nearly full at the Reservation.

“It makes it fun for our kids to play in front of large crowds,” VanLeer said. “Our student section has been awesome. Hopefully that will continue.”

The Indians also defeated Salem in the junior varsity game.

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

Baseball

Wednesday, April 9

Pacific 14, Borgia 8

Ft. Zumwalt East 7, Washington 2

Union 7, North County 6

Thursday, April 10

Washington 5, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

Union 5, Hermann 4 (8)

St. James 11, St. Clair 4

Pacific 20, New Haven 10

Friday, April 11

*Borgia 6, DuBourg 2

Warrenton 12, St. Clair 2

Saturday, April 12

Borgia 7, St. Clair 0

Monday, April 14

Washington at Pacific, PPD

North County at St. Clair, PPD

Union 5, Waynesville 3

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 4, Washington 2

Cuba 7, St. Clair 1

*Pacific 14, Owensville 0

Girls Soccer

Wednesday, April 9

Windsor Tournament

Washington 2, Windsor 0

Union 4, Pacific 1

Thursday, April 10

Borgia 7, DuBourg 1

St. Clair 9, St. James 0

Windsor Tournament

Third-Place Game — Windsor 8, Pacific 1

Championship Game — Washington 5, Union 4 (2 OT)

Friday, April 11

St. Pius 5, Borgia 0

Fatima 2, St. Clair 1 (PK Shootout)

Monday, April 14

Washington 5, Borgia 3

*Union 12, St. James 0

*Sullivan 1, Owensville 0 (2 OT)

Troy Tny, TBA

Hillsboro Tny, TBA

Tuesday, April 15

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

*Union 10, Owensville 0

Troy Tny    TBA

Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Golf

Wednesday, April 9

Borgia 162, Duchesne 182, Lutheran St. Charles 175 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

Sullivan 163, Pacific 181, St. James 201 (medalist P-C. VanLeer 37)

Thursday, April 10

Washington 148, Ft. Zumwalt S 176 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 29)

St. James at Union, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 11

Sullivan Tournament, 8 a.m.

Borgia 196, St. Dominic 214 (Medalist-C. Voss, Borgia, 33)

Monday, April 14

*Washington 176, Holt 179 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 42)

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 209, Kennedy 250 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

*Pacific/Sullivan at St. Clair, 4 p.m.

*Hermann at Union, 4 p.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 15

Union Relays, 3 p.m.

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 9

Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-19, 25-16

Thursday, April 10

Seckman def. Borgia, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13

College Softball

Friday, April 11

Central Methodist JV at ECC, 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 12

ECC swept Cottey in doubleheader

Sunday, April 13

ECC at Central Methodist JV, PPD

Monday, April 14

*ECC at St. Louis, PPD

Tuesday, April 15

*Three Rivers at ECC, 2 p.m.

*Conference Games

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