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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 4:15 pm | Updated: 10:07 pm, Fri Mar 1, 2013.

It will be a rematch of last year’s Class 4 District 9 boys basketball championship game Saturday in Pacific thanks to a mild upset Thursday night.

Third-seeded Sullivan (19-8) held off second-seed Pacific (16-9), 39-28.

That sets up a rematch of last year’s championship contest, a game Borgia won, 44-33.

“We’ve got to put four good quarters together,” Sullivan Head Coach Dino McKinney said. “We’ve seen them a couple of times. We know what they do and they know what we do. We’ve just got to get ready to play.”

Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer lauded his team’s defense.

“Our kids competed,” VanLeer said. “They played great defense. There were a couple of missed blockouts and a couple of inbounds plays where we didn’t communicate and didn’t guard right and gave them layups. Those eight points were huge in the game. They competed the whole time. We just struggled to score.”

Sullivan, a first-round winner Monday over Owensville, 34-25, never trailed in Thursday’s game.

The contest marked the second low-scoring game in a row for the Eagles.

McKinney said that Sullivan is comfortable playing at any pace, but is confident in its defensive ability.

“We saw some different defenses the last couple of games, so it leads to low-scoring games,” McKinney said. “We pride ourselves in playing good defense, too. We’ll have to see how the flow of the game goes. We’ve scored a lot of points at times and we’ve had games like this.”

Pacific made runs at different times. The Indians cut it to within a point early in the third quarter, but never could tie or take the lead in the second half.

Each team was without a key player.

The Indians missed sophomore Cullen VanLeer, who suffered a tibular tubercle fracture against De Soto in the final game of the regular season. He was seated behind the Pacific bench doing what he could to lend support to his teammates.

“When you take 19 points per game out of the lineup and a kid who leads you in most offensive categories, it’s tough,” VanLeer said. “Our kids tried to step up and do it. We’ve just got to spend some time in the gym shooting in the offseason.”

The Eagles were without Seth Mesey.

Semifinal Game

Pacific led 6-3 after one quarter as both teams struggled to find their shooting touches in the first eight minutes.

Sullivan’s JC Beckett scored the game’s first point, a free throw, with 6:08 to play in the quarter. Joey Lochner added a basket but Pacific’s Jeff Hinkle cut that advantage to 3-2 with Pacific’s first basket.

The Indians added buckets from Boyer and Tanner Brown to lead 6-3 after eight minutes of action.

Sullivan responded with the first 10 points of the second quarter.

Adam Tiefenbrunn, who came off the bench, hit a three-point basket to tie the game. Adam Weiland then scored off a rebound to give Sullivan the lead once again.

Weiland and Tiefenbrunn combined to score the next five points and give Sullivan a 13-6 advantage. Pacific got a shot from Logan Armstrong to close out the half, but Sullivan held a 13-8 lead.

Boyer had the hot hand to start the third quarter, but a basket from Chris Erxleben kept Sullivan on top. The Eagles built on that. Erxleben hit another basket and started a five-point run which gave Sullivan a cushion it never would relinquish.

Sullivan was up 13-8 at the half.

“I know we weren’t very happy with only having 13 points at the half,” McKinney said. “But I know they weren’t very happy with only having eight. When you score 13 points, you’re probably going to be losing. We’ve had 14 and 13 in the first two games of this tournament and still been leading.”

VanLeer said he was happy with the defense in the first half.

“Our defense was good and we felt happy at the half,” VanLeer said. “Then we came out and scored and made a little move. After that, we really struggled to score.”

Pacific came out and made its biggest run early in the third quarter. Senior Zeth Boyer scored six quick points and the Indians cut the lead to 15-14, but couldn’t add to the run.

Sullivan led 22-16 after three quarters and never let Pacific get close in the final quarter.

“We took care of the ball,” McKinney said. “Defensively, we were pretty good again.”

Tiefenbrunn led the Eagles with 13 points. He hit three three-point baskets in the game.

Weiland scored nine points for Sullivan.

Justin Biermann, Sullivan’s leading scorer, drew the focus of Pacific’s defense. The Indians held him without a field goal and all six of his points came at the free-throw line.

“They took a couple of our players away,” McKinney said. “They made sure Biermann didn’t get many. They played triangle and two and guarded him with a lot of help. Luckily other guys stepped up for us tonight.”

Erxleben and Lochner each scored four points.

Beckett ended with three points.

Also playing for the Eagles were Ryan Juergens, Marcus Mallory, Michael McDermott and Heath Schatz.

Boyer led the Indians with eight points.

Brown was next in scoring with six points. Armstrong scored four while Noah Boyer and Brendan Jett-Kell scored three points.

Jett-Kell came off the bench and immediately hit a three-point basket in the third quarter as Sullivan had started to pull away.

“Those two seniors (Boyer and Jett-Kell) stepped up and made a couple of buckets,” VanLeer said. “We just didn’t get rolling. We got shots, but we couldn’t knock them down. We weren’t getting to the free-throw line.”

Hinkle and Zach Kraus scored two points apiece.

Neil DeBold also played.

The Indians graduate five seniors from this year’s team. Seniors are Brandon Colter, Zeth Boyer, DeBold, Stephen Watson and Jett-Kell.

“We lose five great kids,” VanLeer said. “They’ve all been in the program since fourth or fifth grade. I couldn’t ask for better young men. They’re going to be successful in whatever they do. They showed leadership this year. We set a team goal and this is the best team defensive average we’ve had since I’ve been here. They really stepped up.”

VanLeer also thanked the fans.

“Our sixth man has been unreal,” VanLeer said. “Early in the season, we took a full bus of 72 down to Farmington. We had more people than they did that night. I’ll put our student body up against anybody else. I’m proud of them. That’s a big lift for our players. We only allowed 35 points at home this year and that has a lot to do with the toughness of our kids and support of our crowd.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville vs. Northwest    noon

Festus vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Oakville vs. Seckman    3 p.m.

Pacific vs. Carnahan    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Festus-Patriettes loser vs. Mehville-Northwest loser    noon

Pacific-Carnahan loser vs. Oakville-Seckman loser    1:30 p.m.

Festus-Patriettes winner vs. Mehville-Northwest winner    3 p.m.

Pacific-Carnahan winner vs. Oakville-Seckman winner    4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game    3 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

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

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

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

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

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

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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