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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

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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