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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 6:00 pm

Bringing in the type of size many college teams would love to have, the St. Louis Christian Cougars picked up a first-round victory over Pacific at the 60th Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Cola Thanksgiving Tournament Thursday, 59-48.

“I don’t think we’ll see another team this year that big,” Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer said. “I’ve been a head coach for 20 years and they’re definitely the biggest team I’ve ever seen.” The Cougars not only had size, with 6-11 Ikkena Okwarabezi, 6-7 Anthony Pratt, 6-6 Javier Martinez, 6-5 Nathan Bethel and 5-8 Shelby Elbert in the starting lineup and 6-4 Rasheed Swanston coming off the bench, but also had an outside shooting touch by hitting five three-point baskets.

“They made some threes,” VanLeer said. “I watched them play the other night and they only went 1-6 from threes and those were the only six shots they took from outside the paint, so we were going to let them shoot and they made their first two. If they don’t make those two, we’re right there with them at the end with a chance to win.”

VanLeer felt it was a good way to start the season.

“It was a challenge for us and definitely a good way to start out the season, except not winning the basketball game,” VanLeer said. “I really was proud of what our kids did tonight.”

Pacific had the game’s leading scorer as sophomore Cullen VanLeer dropped in 28 points. But that wasn’t enough to overcome the Cougars.

Christian never trailed in the game, getting a pair of three-point baskets from Bethel to open the game. The Cougars were up 15-11 after one quarter, 33-34 at the break and 49-36 after three quarters.

Stawnston led Christian with 18 points while Martinez dropped in 17 and Pratt ended with 14. Other scorers were Bethel with six and Okwarabezi and Revaughn Garaway with two points each.

Following VanLeer in the scoring column for the Indians were Tanner Brown with eight points, Zeth Boyer with five, Noah Boyer and Brendan Jett-Kell with three apiece and Jeffrey Hinkle with one point.

“I would think this would give our kids some confidence,” VanLeer said. “The only thing I can say we were disappointed about was that we didn’t win the basketball game. We made some mistakes. I don’t think many people when they walked in thought the game was going to be that close. The game actually was a little bit closer than the final score. They made some shots after I subbed in at the end of the game.”

Pacific hit eight three-point baskets and went 15-21 in the contest. The Indians were able to take advantage of Christian’s discipline issues as the Cougars got into foul trouble in both halves.

The Indians returned Friday afternoon to take on Carnahan in a consolation semifinal at 4:30 p.m.

“It’s not going to be easy,” VanLeer said. “They had a 16-point lead on Borgia and Borgia fought back and won the basketball game. We’re going to go from playing a big team to a really quick team that presses a lot. We’re going to have to adjust.”

The winner of Friday’s game will play Saturday in the consolation championship at 4:30 p.m. The loser will play at 3 p.m. for seventh place.

The teams in the other consolation semifinal are Cardinal Ritter and St. Clair.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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

Thursday, Dec. 18

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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

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.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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