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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

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

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

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

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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