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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 3:15 pm

The old adage of “defense wins championships” proved to be true during this year’s Owensville Boys Basketball Tournament.

In the 24th year of the event, top-seeded Pacific (9-4) set tournament records for fewest points allowed in one game (13 against Steelville) and for the tournament (74) en route to its second consecutive title.

During Saturday’s championship game, the Indians knocked off second-seeded Sullivan, 53-20.

“I’m proud of our team. I wasn’t much of an offensive player as far as scoring, but I could guard. Our guys have bought into that,” said Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer. “We’re hard to score on right now. My assistant coaches have done a good job helping us get prepared. We’re taking away the strengths of every team, which gives us a chance to win every night.”

Trailing 7-2 with 4 1/2 minutes elapsed in the first quarter, Pacific called a timeout and then proceeded to outscore Sullivan 35-7 over the next 19 minutes of

the game.

“We started to follow the scouting report. We got focused on defense,” VanLeer said. “After I took the timeout, we got it fixed. Zack Kraus came in and gave us a big lift on defense. Then everybody fed off that.”

Sullivan (9-4) didn’t have many answers for Pacific’s defense.

“We couldn’t throw it in the ocean tonight. Their defense is good, it really is,” said Sullivan Head Coach Dino McKinney. “We haven’t shot the ball very well from the outside for a while. If we don’t force turnovers and get a lot of easy baskets, we don’t score that much. That’s something we work on every day. We have to keep getting better.”

Pacific sophomore Cullen VanLeer was named the MVP of the tournament for the second straight season.

“My teammates really helped out,” Cullen VanLeer said. “Our defense is way better than it was last year. It was a good team effort.”

Cullen VanLeer said the Indians take pride in the way they play defense.

“We communicate really well on defense. Everybody buys into it,” he said. “We don’t have one person who breaks down. We’re always out there ready to D up.”

Pacific’s Zeth Boyer and Tanner Brown were named to the second-team all-tournament team.

Sullivan’s Justin Biermann and Seth Mesey were named to the first team. Adam Weiland was on the second team. Joe Lochner was given the sixth man award.

VanLeer scored 15 points in the title game for Pacific. Boyer and Brown both added 10 points.

Logan Armstrong finished with six points. Jeffrey Hinkle netted four points. Noah Boyer and Brandon Colter both scored three points. Neil DeBold had two points.

Brendan Jett-Kell, Zach Kraus and Stephen Watson also played.

“That’s how we’re the best, when we get everyone involved,” John VanLeer said. “Early in the year, we had to rely on one person to score a lot. Now we have a lot of people who can score. They can’t just key on Cullen. That makes it easier on him and makes us a much better basketball team. Sharing the basketball is how we play.”

Mesey scored 11 points to pace the Eagles. Biermann added four points. Weiland and Heath Schatz both scored two points. Chris Erxleben had one point.

“You don’t win many games when you’re 6-35 from the field and 6-14 from the free-throw line. We’re a lot better team than what we showed. We have to get better,” McKinney said. “John does a great job teaching those kids how to play defense. They were in the right spots. We had a lot of open looks. We just didn’t make anything. They took away Seth inside pretty well. When they do that and we can’t hit from the outside, it’s pretty tough.”

Trailing 9-7 after one quarter, Pacific held leads of 23-12 at halftime and 37-14 after three quarters.

“We started off a little slow. After that timeout, we turned it up a notch. We were focused in after that,” Cullen VanLeer said. “Nothing was going to stop us from getting the championship.”

Hermann

Pacific defeated fourth-seeded Hermann Friday in the semifinals, 58-41.

VanLeer scored 22 points for the Indians. Brown added 18 points, all in the first half.

“Tanner had a great first half with four threes and 18 points. He got on a roll, which he’s capable of,” John VanLeer said. “We have some other guys who are capable of going on a run like that, too.”

Armstrong finished the game with six points. Zeth Boyer, Hinkle and Colter each added three points. Noah Boyer scored two points. Kraus had one point.

Tim Spiers’ Bearcats (5-9) were led by Craig Winkelmann, who scored 24 points. He was named to the first-team all-tournament team. Collin Hart added 13 points.

Pacific held leads of 14-8 after one quarter, 31-16 at halftime and 40-27 after three quarters.

“We turned them over with our press,” VanLeer said. “The second half of the second quarter was when we got our space.”

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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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