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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 3:00 pm

Coming off an emotional high against Washington in the opening round of the Washington Boys Basketball Tournament, St. Clair had a letdown Thursday in the consolation semifinals.

The eighth-seeded Bulldogs nearly upset top-seeded Washington in the opening round, losing in overtime, but struggled in a 65-31 setback to fifth-seeded Westminster.

“We didn’t battle like we’ve battled in almost every game this year. Our margin of error is low. If we want to compete with good teams, we have to do better,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “Westminster is the No. 5 seed, but they’re a good team. This tournament is rough year in and year out. Howell Central just won a tournament a week ago and they’re the No. 6 seed. We knew if we could win one out of these first two games, it would be like stealing a game as a No. 8 seed. I’m disappointed as a coach and I hope our players are disappointed as well.”

St. Clair (2-8) will play seventh-seeded Ft. Zumwalt East (2-10) in the tournament’s seventh-place game Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Westminster (6-5) and Howell Central (7-5) will play in the consolation game Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Bulldogs defeated FZE in last year’s seventh-place contest at the Washington Tournament.

“It’s the same situation as last year. We need to battle. You don’t want to go 0-3 in our tournaments. We did that at Borgia and we don’t want it to happen here,” Korn said. “We preach to the kids to compete and that’s what I hope we do.”

Reno Jones and Damon Arnold both scored eight points to lead St. Clair against Westminster.

Charlie Fuchs finished the game with six points. Darrell Martin netted five points. Kyler Waldo and Keola Bursey both had two points.

Also playing were Kevin Cox, Harley Love, Terrance Stahlman and Wyatt Wachter.

Westminster was led by Shane Benes, who scored 23 points.

Demetris Williams finished with 12 points. Collin Einertson scored 10 points. Trey Merritt scored eight points and Brett Bond had six.

“When they get healthy, they’re going to be a really good team,” Korn said of Westminster. “Benes came out and knocked down his first three shots. I thought after that, we did a better job of contesting shots. They missed some shots, but we didn’t do a good enough job boxing out and getting the rebound.”

Led by 12 points from Benes, the Wildcats jumped to an 18-5 lead midway through the second quarter. They built the lead to 23-7 and then 31-13 at halftime.

The score was 49-17 after three quarters.

St. Clair was not able to get a consistent offensive going.

“They came out in a pressure man-to-man and they bumped us off our spots. They were getting after us,” Korn said. “In that situation, you have to be strong enough to hold on to the ball and make the right play.”

Despite the setback against Westminster, Korn likes the direction the Bulldogs are headed.

“We know we’re still going to hit road bumps. The Washington game would have been a great win for our program. It wasn’t a terrible loss,” Korn said. “We knew there still were going to be challenges ahead against good teams. Hopefully it’s a learning experience for our kids. More than anything else, they know they have to bring everything they have every night.”

Howell Central-FZE

Sixth-seeded Francis Howell Central cruised to a 56-36 win over Ft. Zumwalt East in Thursday’s other consolation semifinal game.

Justin Hayden led the Spartans with 18 points. Tre Curry added 10 points.

Chris Johnson scored 13 points for Zumwalt East.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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