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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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