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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

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