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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 4:30 pm

Winning the Owensville Boys Basketball Tournament and being named the most valuable player is all Cullen VanLeer knows.

A junior, VanLeer has le d the Indians to the tournament crown and earned MVP honors in each of his first three years.

“It’s another accolade that my team helped me get,” VanLeer said. “Everything comes together when you have a team-first mentality.”

VanLeer, a 6-4 guard, scored 79 points in three games for an average of 26.3 points per contest.

He had 33 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in a 79-51 semifinal win over Linn and 27 points in a 55-44 victory over Sullivan in the championship contest.

“It’s cool that Cullen has been MVP three times, but it’s a team award. The team comes first,” said John VanLeer, Pacific’s coach and Cullen’s father.

Also representing Pacific on the all-tournament team were senior guard Tanner Brown and freshman guard Jacob Klenke.

Brown was a first-team selection and Klenke was given the sixth-man award. Brown has been on the all-tournament team for two straight seasons.

“It’s awesome, a great honor. I couldn’t do it without my teammates,” Brown said. “Our chemistry is great. I think this is going to be the best year we’ve had in a long time.”

Brown praised the performance of VanLeer in the tournament.

“Cullen is the smartest basketball player I’ve ever been around,” Brown said. “He knows the game better than anybody. He sees things that other people don’t see. He knows what’s going to happen before it happens. His skill set isn’t bad, either.”

Joining VanLeer and Brown on the all-tournament first team were Sullivan senior Justin Biermann, Salem senior Cody Whitaker, Cuba senior Taylor Thompson and Hermann senior Craig Winkelmann.

Second-team selections were Sullivan senior Chris Erxleben, Linn seniors Jesse Wiggins and Sam Vogel, Salem junior Logan Pogue and Cuba senior Ryan Bouse.

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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 vs. Normandy, 6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter vs. Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation, noon

Gold Consolation — Soldan vs. Union, 1:30 p.m.

Gold Third Place — Washington vs. North Tech, 3 p.m.

Blue Third Place, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship — CBC vs. Borgia, 7:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

New Haven at Belle    6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Festus at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

#St. Clair vs. St. Vincent    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

#St. Clair vs. Jefferson    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

#Crystal City Tny    5/6:30/8 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Girls Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Washington 61, St. Clair 49

Saturday, Nov. 29

@Pacific vs. North County    2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

St. Louis Patriettes at Union    7 p.m.

&Pacific vs. Marquette    7 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

&Pacific vs. Ft. Zumwalt West/Rosati-Kain    4/5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

Pacific at Marquette Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wrestling

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Washington at Owensville/Rolla    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Union at Ladue    5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Union, Borgia at Washington    6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington, Pacific at Westminster Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Thursday, Dec. 4

Borgia at Burroughs    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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