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St. James Holds Off Indians in Key FRC Boys Contest, 57-46

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Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 1:00 pm

In a game that could go a long way in deciding the Four Rivers Conference champion, St. James defended its home court with a boys basketball victory Friday over Pacific.

The Tigers (20-1, 3-0) held off Pacific, 57-46.

It was the eighth straight win for the Tigers, who started the season with 12 straight victories.

“St. James scored three baskets in the second half and the rest of their points came on free throws. We didn’t play well defensively. We fouled them too much,” said Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer. “Offensively, we didn’t attack the basket. We settled for too many threes. We were three for five from the free-throw line in the second half.”

St. James and St. Clair entered Tuesday’s action tied for first place in the Four Rivers Conference standings with 3-0 records. The two teams meet Friday in St. Clair. The Tigers played Tuesday against Hermann while the Bulldogs played Union.

Pacific (12-8) and Sullivan both are 2-1 in the FRC and meet Friday in Sullivan.

“We have to take care of our own business and hope someone can get St. James. We still have St. Clair left to play,” VanLeer said. “We have Owensville and Sullivan this week. Owensville is playing better. We have to worry about them right now.”

St. James was 24-31 from the foul line. Pacific was 6-10.

Leading the Tigers was 6-6 forward Jack Mueller, who finished the game with 22 points. He was 13-16 from the free-throw line.

“Mueller did a good job,” VanLeer said. “We did not do a good job defending him.”

Jake Ford added 15 points, going 4-4 from the foul line.

Jake Shockley scored six points, also going 4-4 from the charity stripe.

Cody Birkner netted five points. Addison Conway, Logan Courtois and Jamal Scooniers each had three points.

Cullen VanLeer paced Pacific with 26 points, six rebounds and two assists. He was 7-14 from three-point range.

Tanner Brown added 10 points, three rebounds and two assists.

Zeth Boyer had four points, four rebounds and two assists.

Zach Kraus collected four points, three assists and three rebounds.

Jeffrey Hinkle had two points and three rebounds. Noah Boyer added two assists.

Also playing were Logan Armstrong, Neil DeBold, Brendan Jett-Kell and Stephen Watson.

“Cullen had a good game offensively, but could have been better defensively,” VanLeer said. “We need other guys to step up and score.”

St. James held a 21-13 lead after one quarter.

“We weren’t ready to play defensively and gave up 21 points in the first quarter,” VanLeer said. “We didn’t do a lot of the things that have made us a pretty good team.”

The Indians regrouped in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 19-8, to grab a 32-29 halftime advantage.

Cullen VanLeer hit five three-pointers and scored 17 points in the second quarter alone.

“Cullen got hot,” VanLeer said. “His teammates did a good job getting him the ball when he was open.”

St. James changed its defense against VanLeer in the second half, which slowed down the Indians.

“When you have a second quarter like Cullen did, you have to expect them to change things up defensively,” VanLeer said. “We didn’t do a good job attacking their defense in the second half.”

The Tigers went on a 12-3 third quarter run to grab a 41-35 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.

Pacific had opportunities in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t pull even.

“We got good shoots, but they weren’t falling,” VanLeer said.


Area Scoreboard


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

Friday, Aug. 29

Washington at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Union at Borgia     7 p.m.

St. Clair at Ozark    7 p.m.

Potosi at Pacific    7 p.m.

Cuba at Hermann    7 p.m.

Blair Oaks at Owensville    7 p.m.

Houston at St. James    7 p.m.

Troy at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at Orchard Farm    7 p.m.


Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.


Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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