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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 10:30 am

With the score tied and time running out, Jefferson City’s Harold Robertson Jr. won the game for the Jays over Pacific, 68-65.

Robertson drilled a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left on the clock to give Jefferson City a three-point advantage Saturday at the Bank of Sullivan Shootout.

Following a timeout, Pacific’s Cullen VanLeer nearly sent the game into overtime with a half-court shot that bounced off the back of the rim.

Jefferson City, coached by former Sullivan Coach Blair, Thompson, escaped with a 68-65 win at Sullivan High School.

“The kid made the shot to win it. That’s two losses we have at the end of games. I thought Cullen’s shot was in there at the end to go into overtime, but you can’t rely on a half-court shot like that,” said Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer. “I’m happy with how our guys played. We got beat on the boards. We didn’t block out well enough and that was the difference in the game.”

Noah Boyer led the way for Pacific with hot shooting from the outside to score 16 points. He was named to the all-shootout second team.

Cullen VanLeer finished the game with 11 points. Tanner Brown added 10 points, all in the second half. Logan Armstrong also netted 10 points, eight in the first half.

Zeth Boyer and Neil DeBold both scored with six points. Boyer was in foul trouble for most of the game. Jeffrey Hinkle netted four points. Brendan Jett-Kell had two points.

“Logan had a great game. He came off the bench, made some shots and carried us in the post when Zeth got in foul trouble,” VanLeer said. “Noah also had a great game. He made a lot of shots. Zeth was in foul trouble, but played well when he was in the game. I’m pleased with how everyone played. Cullen didn’t shoot it from three well, but he did some other things really well.”

Jefferson City relied on the outside shooting of Robertson, Deshon Williams and Ogugua Anunoby and the inside presence of 6-5 senior Scott Stegeman, who scored 19 points.

The Indians (6-4) started strong, jumping to leads of 5-0, 11-7 and 15-8 after one quarter.

The Jays (5-4) got things going offensively in the second quarter, outscoring the Indians 20-15.

Pacific held a 30-28 halftime advantage.

“Our defense was pretty solid,” VanLeer said. “We had some breakdowns in the second quarter, letting them score 20 points. We gave them too many offensive boards.”

Both teams held leads in both the third and fourth quarters.

Jefferson City led 42-37 midway through the third quarter, but a spurt where Brown scored nine points in the final three minutes of the third period helped the Indians to a 55-54 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.

Trailing 65-61 with just under two minutes left, Pacific tied the game on a three-pointer by Noah Boyer with 1:16 remaining and a free throw by VanLeer with 31 seconds left.

That set up the final possession for the Jays, who called a pair of timeouts in the final 30 seconds to help set up the winning three-point basket.

Pacific suffered a pair of highly competitive losses during the week to Washington and Jefferson City.

“I told our kids after the game that we’re a pretty good team. We’re not really good yet because we have to figure out how to win these type of games,” VanLeer said. “We made our schedule tough to try to get us ready for the end of the season. It’s only going to make us better playing these teams. Our last two games were close games against big, strong, physical teams. I’m proud of the effort.”

Pacific returns to action at the Owensville Tournament Jan. 2-5.

The top-seeded Indians play eighth-seeded Steelville Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 4 p.m.

“We’re going to have our hands full. We start with Steelville, but Sullivan is the No. 2 seed. We’ve played Salem before and they’re the No. 5 seed. Hermann and Cuba are in there,” VanLeer said. “We’ll take a few days off and then get back to practice and fix some things that aren’t quite where they need to be.”


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

Thursday, Dec. 18

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

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

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    TBA

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.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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