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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Playing without its leading scorer, Union made St. Clair earn a Four Rivers Conference boys basketball victory.

The Bulldogs (5-14, 2-2) held the lead throughout the night, but never pulled away in a 51-43 win at St. Clair High School.

“We’ve been losing leads late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, so it was nice to not fall back and lose the lead,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “We were able to extend it in the fourth quarter. I was proud of the way we were able to do that.”

The Wildcats (5-12, 0-4) were without junior guard Nick Ziegler (18.6 points per game), who had to sit out after being disqualified from their last game against New Haven for a flagrant foul.

“Nick is a great teammate. He was here cheering on his teammates,” said Union Head Coach Chris Simmons. “It was disappointing not to have him. It changes everything when he’s out. We’re young. (Brian) Borgmann is our only senior. We’ll get better.”

Without Ziegler, the Wildcats had just seven players in uniform. To make matters worse, second-leading scorer Brian Borgmann was in foul trouble for most of the game and spent a lot of time on the bench.

“I don’t want to sound like I’m making an excuse, you have to give St. Clair credit for the win, but with Nick out and Borgmann in foul trouble, that’s 30 points per game on the bench, our top two scorers,” Simmons said. “That’s not an excuse. We couldn’t get a flow going offensively. I’m still proud of our kids because we were in the game and had a chance to win.”

Even the Bulldogs might have experienced a letdown with Ziegler not playing.

“We understand they didn’t have Ziegler and he’s one of the best players in the conference,” Korn said. “We prepared to stop him, attack him and get after him. With him not playing, I think our guys just assumed we had it. You have to bring it night in and night out.”

Reno Jones led St. Clair with 17 points and nine rebounds.

“The more Reno plays, the more I realize how much better he’s gotten from last year,” Korn said. “He’s one of the best players in the conference. He does everything we need him to do.”

Damon Arnold added 14 points, going 8-8 from the free-throw line.

Harley Love finished with six points and four rebounds.

Ben Feddersen netted four points. Spencer Crumbaugh and Kevin Cox both scored three points. Darrell Martin and Kyler Waldo both had two points.

The Bulldogs were without Keola Bursey, who was sick.

“Damon hit two big threes and he knocked down free throws. That was important for us,” Korn said. “Kyler also hit two big free throws. That helps our ability to win.”

Tanner Bunch led a balanced Union attack with 12 points.

Ethan Hughes, a freshman, finished the game with eight points. Nick Kretzler added six points.

Kevin Curran, Dillon Breeden and Andrei Ciot each scored five points. Borgmann had two points.

“Everyone on the court played extremely hard for Union and it seemed like they wanted it more, at times, than we did, especially in the first half,” Korn said.

Trailing 14-8 after one quarter, Union pulled to within two points in the second quarter and trailed 24-21 at halftime.

St. Clair held an 8-3 advantage in the third quarter to extend their lead to 32-24 heading into the final eight minutes.

Both teams scored 19 points in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats pulled to within 32-29 with 6:23 remaining, but got no closer.

“We have to learn how to get over the hump and win these games. We’ve had a lot of games where we’ve lost by 10 points or less. Somebody told me with a young team, you’re going to lose close games. I hate to admit it, but that’s what we’ve done. Hopefully we’re learning from it,” Simmons said. “It’s a great group of kids. We have eight kids who get after it every day in practice and fight for each other. There’s no selfishness or finger pointing.”

The Bulldogs, who were 22-34 from the foul line, knocked down enough in the end to earn the win.

“We executed what we tried to do offensively pretty well in the first half where we tried to penetrate and get the ball inside. We didn’t want to settle for a bunch of outside shots,” Korn said. “We wanted to get some lane touches and we did that. We got some good shots. I was happy about that.”


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

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


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.


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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