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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

Football

Friday, Sept. 26

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at St. James    7 p.m.

*Owensville at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    7 p.m.

Cuba at Liberty Wentzville    7 p.m.

Warrenton at Parkway West    7 p.m.

Wright City at Mark Twain    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

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

Softball

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington 7, Ft. Zumwalt S 2

North County 2, Union 1

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Valley Park    4:30 p.m.

Waynesville at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Borgia at Rosati-Kain    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Union    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Linn    5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 27

Borgia, Hermann at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Owensville at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at De Soto    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Wright City    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Borgia at Union    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Rockwood Summit    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

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

Washington def. Montgomery Co., 25-22, 25-14

Borgia def. Pacific, 25-13, 25-14

Washington def. Montgomery Co., 25-8, 25-14

Borgia def. Pacific, 25-13, 25-16

Pacific split with Montgomery Co., 25-9, 24-26

Borgia def. Washington, 25-16, 25-23

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

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Sullivan at Northwest    4:15 p.m.

*ECC at Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Crystal City at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament

Consolation — Pacific vs. TBA, 4 p.m.

Semifinal 1 — Borgia vs. TBA, 5 p.m.

Semifinal 2 — Washington vs. TBA, 6 p.m.

Third-place match, 7 p.m.

Championship match, 8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Crosspoint at Mississippi Valley    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

%Northeastern Oklahoma at ECC    10 a.m. (Seed Tournament)

%Longview at ECC    11:30 a.m.

%Cottey at ECC    2:30 p.m.

Owensville at Chamois Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Union at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Borgia at Lafayette    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Rolla    5:30 p.m.

ECC at Rend Lake    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Eureka at Washington    5 p.m.

*Union at St. James    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Panthers Home School    5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro 3, Union 1

Washington 0, Bayless 0

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

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Warrenton at Sullivan    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*St. Charles at ECC    4 p.m.

Valley Park at Fulton SA    4:15 p.m.

#Thomas Jefferson at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m. (Pacific)

*Pacific at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Friday, Sept. 26

*Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Belle    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Mississippi Valley    4:30 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 27

CYC Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Northwest at Pacific    4:15 p.m.

*ECC at St. Louis (Florissant)    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Fulton SA at John Burroughs JV    4:15 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    5 p.m.

Calvery Lutheran at St. James    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:15 p.m.

Cross Country

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

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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