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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:30 am

St. Clair and Pacific, meeting for the third time this season, slugged it out in an intense, physical boys basketball contest Friday at Pacific High School.

The Bulldogs, looking for an unbeaten, outright Four Rivers Conference championship, had to settle for a share of the league title with a 53-39 loss at the Reservation.

It was Pacific’s third win over St. Clair this season.

St. Clair (12-11, 6-1) split the league crown with Sullivan, a 71-61 victory over St. James.

“When we looked at the schedule at the beginning of the year, we thought this would be the conference championship game. Essentially it was. We ended up losing, but we still get a share of the conference championship,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “I’m extremely proud of our guys. They wanted this one bad. They wanted to be 7-0, but we beat the other team (Sullivan) head-to-head, so we’re pumped about that.”

Pacific (15-9, 5-2) scored nearly half of its points in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 26-14, to pull away.

“When you play a team for a third time and you’re kind of evenly matched, it can be pretty intense. We’ve come out on the good end against them,” said Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer. “The fourth quarter has been the difference. That comes down to how hard we work our kids in practice and the conditioning we do.”

Cullen VanLeer collected 15 points and six assists for Pacific.

But it was the play of junior forward Logan Armstrong who gave the Indians a huge lift off the bench. He finished with 11 points and three rebounds on 5-7 shooting from the field. “Logan was the player of the game,” VanLeer said. “He came in and made some shots in the second quarter and again in the second half.”

Zeth Boyer added nine points and seven rebounds.

Zach Kraus pitched in with five points.

Noah Boyer, Tanner Brown and Jeffrey Hinkle each scored four points. Hinkle grabbed four rebounds. Chris Klenke scored one point.

Pacific was 19-31 from the free-throw line. St. Clair was 8-13.

“We stepped up and made some shots. Noah, Tanner and Cullen all made threes. Zeth and everybody else making free throws down the stretch was big. I’m proud of our guys. We really battled,” VanLeer said.

“Cullen demands so much attention. I think we’ve done a great job defending him all three times we’ve played them. Tanner Brown tore us up the first two matchups. We did a nice job on him this time,” Korn said. “They had a couple of other guys hit shots. Sometimes we need somebody else to knock down a shot or two. Austin Gotway hit a big three for us.”

Adam Brott and Neyko Dominguez both scored eight points for St. Clair. Brott added eight rebounds. Dominguez had three assists.

Evan Murphy finished with six points. Austin Gotway and Brandon York both had four points. Will Rolley scored three points. Evan Powell, Ben Feddersen and Coty DeClue each had two points.

“They hit a couple of big shots and we didn’t hit many. We had some good looks. They just didn’t fall. You’re going to have those kinds of days,” Korn said. “We were still in the game in the fourth quarter when we shot 23 percent in the first half. I was proud of the way we battled.”

With the game tied 6-6 after one quarter, the Indians went on a 9-2 run in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second quarter to grab a 15-8 advantage.

Pacific led 17-12 at halftime.

St. Clair then went on a 9-2 run in the first four minutes of the third quarter to tie the game, 21-21.

Pacific held a 27-25 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

“We defended well the whole game. It was a physical game. We went to the basket and weren’t finishing,” VanLeer said. “Finally Noah, Cullen and Tanner all made a three in a matter of about five possessions. That’s where we got our space.”

Points were hard to come by all night.

“You had to be a man on both teams to score inside the paint. It was a battle,” Korn said. “You had to go up through traffic and just see what happened. We competed for four quarters. We didn’t take a play off.”

Both teams will play at Pacific during next week’s Class 4 District 9 Tournament.

“We wanted to win so badly. I don’t think we played our game at times, especially late,” Korn said. “I told our guys this is our new home floor with districts here. We better embrace it.”

The Indians are a confident team at home.

“We’re pretty good on our home court. We have only one loss here this year. We shoot the ball pretty well here,” VanLeer said. “We have De Soto on Tuesday and then districts start. We’re going to take it one possession at a time. We’re going to get ready and try to defend our home court.”

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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 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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

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

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