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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

Football

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

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

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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