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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games