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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 4:30 pm

Being involved in a number of close games this season, St. Clair finally had one go in its favor Thursday at Northwest High School.

The Bulldogs (2-6), who had lost three straight games by a combined eight points, pulled off a 45-37 boys basketball victory over the Lions.

“We needed to win a game like that, one that went down the stretch and one where we held on to the lead in the end,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “We’ve been in that same position for our last five games. It was nice to hold the lead and extend it. Even in our overtime win over Owensville, we didn’t hold the lead at the end of the fourth quarter.”

Northwest (1-10) held leads of 11-10 after one quarter and 16-13 at halftime.

St. Clair got things going in the second half with 16 points in both the third and fourth quarters to outscore the Lions, 32-21.

The Bulldogs held a 29-28 advantage after three quarters.

“Northwest attacked us with their zone in the first half. We settled for jump shots, and they weren’t falling,” Korn said. “We made shots in the second half and were strong with the ball. Our defense picked up and we rebounded the ball, which led to some transition opportunities.”

Damon Arnold paced the Bulldogs with 12 points, two rebounds and two assists.

“Damon scored eight points in a minute-and-a-half in the second half, two three-pointers and a jumper, which really got us going,” Korn said.

Reno Jones added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Keola Bursey finished the game with nine points and seven rebounds.

Gavin Marler chipped in with five points. Charlie Fuchs and Kyler Waldo both scored four points. Fuchs added four rebounds. Waldo had four assists.

Kevin Cox had one point, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Also playing were Harley Love, Darrell Martin and Wyatt Wachter. Martin and Wachter both grabbed two rebounds.

“Reno and Damon are going to have to do our scoring night in and night out,” Korn said. “What we need is a third and fourth person to step up and help us score points. It can vary from game to game. In this game, it was Keola Bursey, who played very well. We have other guys like Kyler Waldo and Harley Love who certainly are capable of doing that.”

Jacob Santos led Northwest with 12 points. Alex Al-Amami added eight points.

It was a big win for the Bulldogs and Korn, who graduated from Northwest.

“It’s always nice to go back and compete against the people who helped me along the way,” Korn said.

It was a clean sweep for the Bulldogs, who also defeated Northwest in the freshman and junior varsity games.

St. Clair is seeded eighth for next week’s Washington Tournament. The Bulldogs open against top-seeded Washington Monday at 6 p.m.

“It’s a good tournament year in and year out. Bayless being the fourth seed says how deep it is. It was a tough tournament to seed,” Korn said. “Washington has been in a bit of a lull lately without (Jacob) Mulkey, but he’s back and they’ll be ready to play in their own tournament. (Ronnie) Suggs is one of the best players in the state and (Brad) Carpenter can knock down threes. Grant (Young) is a good coach and a great guy. We’ve talked a lot together about basketball. We just want to have a competitive tournament and give ourselves a chance to win games.”

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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 (Winners: B-Potosi 101; G-Washington 119)

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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