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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 6:15 pm | Updated: 11:01 pm, Fri Feb 15, 2013.

St. Clair is one win away from an unbeaten Four Rivers Conference championship.

The Bulldogs (12-10, 6-0) clinched at least a share of the conference title with a 53-43 boys basketball home victory Tuesday over New Haven.

St. Clair takes the outright FRC title with a win Friday at Pacific (14-9, 4-2), a team it has lost to twice this season at the Borgia and Union tournaments.

If the Bulldogs lose to Pacific, they will share the FRC crown with Friday’s Sullivan-St. James winner.

“We’ll take this scenario any day of the week. Obviously our work is not done. We want to continue to get better,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “If you asked at the beginning of the year if going into the last game that you had an opportunity to win the conference championship outright, I’d say that we’d give it a shot. Whatever happens, happens.”

Korn expects a big challenge Friday on Pacific’s home court.

“Pacific is a good basketball team. They’ve beaten us twice. Hopefully our guys are hungry,” Korn said. “On their home court, they’ll want to play good basketball and keep us from winning the conference outright. We’ve gotten better since we’ve played them. We’re really learning how to win. That’s something we didn’t have early in the year. We’re excited about it.”

Neyko Dominguez led St. Clair in the scoring column against New Haven with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. He was 4-5 from three-point range.

Adam Brott finished with eight points and five rebounds.

Brandon York added seven points, two rebounds and two assists.

Evan Powell and Evan Murphy both scored six points. Powell grabbed five rebounds. Murphy had four rebounds.

Ben Feddersen registered three points and three rebounds. Reno Jones scored two points.

Austin Gotway did not score, but had seven assists and two rebounds.

Will Rolley and Spencer Crumbaugh also played.

St. Clair shot 45 percent from the field and was 8-13 from the free-throw line.

“New Haven is a well-coached team. They’re disciplined. They know their roles. They do all the things that good teams need to do. We knew it would be a tough game,” Korn said. “The one thing we did extremely well was rebound the basketball. We really hammered the glass hard. I know we had the size advantage. It’s something we’ve been emphasizing in practice offensively and defensively. We did that real well, which led to extra possessions.”

New Haven (11-13, 1-5) was led by Kyle Ruediger, who had 19 points, eight rebounds and two assists.

Seth Schenck finished with 11 points and three assists.

Ross Seitter collected seven points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Austin Madden scored four points. Alex Poggas had two points.

Blake Eggers and Ben Luecke also played.

New Haven shot 43 percent from the field and was 7-12 from the foul line.

“These games in the Four Rivers are tough to win. Every possession on both ends of the floor matters,” said New Haven Head Coach Ray Steinhoff. “Offensively, we didn’t play with that sense of urgency in the first half. We weren’t willing to wait for the good shot, and we had a let down here and there on the defensive end. These teams are too good. It’s too hard to win. You can’t have any kind of let down. Our margin for error isn’t that great. It’s tough, but you have to bare down every possession.”

Leading 12-8 after one quarter, the Bulldogs had a 13-6 second-quarter run to lead 25-14 at halftime.

“In the first half, our biggest problem was on the offensive end,” Steinhoff said. “We had possessions where we weren’t patient enough. We took some hurried shots, we took some tough shots. If we just had shown more patience, I think we would have gotten better shots.”

St. Clair held a 37-28 lead after three quarters, but the Shamrocks trimmed it down to 44-39 with 3:30 left in the game. They also made it 46-41 with 2:44 to play, but got no closer.

“We had it down to five points with a couple of opportunities to cut it and actually had a couple of good looks. Those shots aren’t always going to go,” Steinhoff said. “We gave ourselves a chance. We dug ourselves too big a hole early.”

The Bulldogs sealed the win with free throws down the stretch.

“In our past few games, especially in the conference, we’ve done a nice job at the free-throw line closing out games,” Korn said. “We’re gaining that confidence day in and day out. We’re expecting to win. I get on my players pretty good about mental mistakes, but as a coaching staff, we really try to build confidence in these kids, and I think it’s starting to come. We’re trying to get that confidence going into the final stretch.”

St. Clair’s execution held off the Shamrocks.

“Late in the game in the fourth quarter, they really started sealing us inside, which was smart,” Steinhoff said. “We gave up a lot of inches in there and they started sealing us and got some easy baskets around the rim.”

After playing Owensville Friday, fourth-seeded New Haven opens the Class 2 District 4 Tournament at Crystal City Monday against fifth-seeded Crystal City.

St. Clair hosts Salem Tuesday at 6 p.m.

“We’ve been through a tough stretch for quite a while. We lost a number of close games in January,” Steinhoff said. “The conference season has been tough night in and night out. We’ve had a hard time getting over the hump. We need to get ourselves in a good mind set going into districts.”

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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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

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.

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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