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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 3:30 pm

Pacific had plenty of motivation for its matchup Saturday against Lutheran South in the championship game of the Union Boys Basketball Tournament.

Not only were the Indians shooting for their second tournament championship of the season, but they were playing against a Lutheran South team that knocked them out of last year’s district tournament.

The top-seeded Indians (12-7) trailed the second-seeded Lancers 40-32 with 5:24 remaining in the fourth quarter, but ended the game on a 22-6 run to register a 54-46 victory.

“Even though we were down by eight points with five minutes to go, we didn’t fold. We knew we still had a chance,” said Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer. “We didn’t rush things and got good shots. We attacked with a purpose and made the extra pass. We really locked down on defense, pressured the ball harder and forced some turnovers.”

Pacific sophomore Cullen VanLeer was named the tournament’s most valuable player. He had 24 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists in the title game.

Senior Zeth Boyer and junior Tanner Brown also were named to the all-tournament team.

Boyer collected 10 points, six rebounds and five assists against Lutheran South.

Brown scored 12 points, all in the fourth quarter, which sparked Pacific’s rally.

“Being a first-year starter, it feels great to win our second tournament,” Brown said. “It really took a team effort to win it. Defense was our key factor against some good-scoring opponents.”

Noah Boyer finished the championship game with eight points.

Jeffrey Hinkle grabbed four rebounds. Zack Kraus added two assists. Neil DeBold, Brendan Jett-Kell and Logan Armstrong also played.

Parker Van Nest paced the Lancers (9-8) with 12 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Downey added 11 points.

“You have to give Lutheran South credit. They’re a good basketball team,” VanLeer said. “It was a good battle all the way.”

Pacific held leads of 10-9 after one quarter and 24-20 at halftime.

Leading 33-30 after three quarters, the Lancers opened the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run to grab the eight-point advantage.

The Indians took control in the final five minutes. Brown scored 12 of the 22 points.

“We kept the energy up and got over the hump in the fourth quarter,” Brown said.

Pacific was 8-8 from the free-throw line in the final 45 seconds to seal the win.

Noah Boyer hit four free throws while Brown and VanLeer both made two.

“Zeth was hot early in the game and made some buckets. Cullen kind of carried us in the second quarter. We really struggled in the third quarter and then found ourselves down by eight points in the fourth,” VanLeer said. “Tanner got us going with some big baskets. Noah made some clutch free throws. We were 11-11 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.”

After going 1-2 to start the season at the Borgia Tournament, Pacific won titles at Owensville and Union.

“We still have one more we want to get,” VanLeer said, referring to the district tournament. “I’m proud of the guys, but we can’t be satisfied. We have to keep getting better. This is the first time since I’ve been here that we’ve won this tournament. Coming back to my hometown, it’s neat to finally win it.”

Pacific-St. Clair

Pacific advanced to the title game with a 47-31 win Friday over fifth-seeded St. Clair (8-10).

It was again a big fourth quarter for the Indians, who outscored the Bulldogs 18-6 in the final eight minutes.

“We just kind of took the game over in the fourth quarter. We locked down on defense. We took care of the ball and got good shots,” VanLeer said. “I just think we outhustled them to loose balls and outrebounded them in the fourth quarter.”

Pacific held leads of 15-8 after one quarter, 23-17 at halftime and 29-25 after three quarters.

“We played a really good game for three quarters. We did a nice job defensively. There were some mental lapses here and there,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “Pacific understands how to win games. We’re not at that level yet, but we’re getting better at it. You learn how to win by winning games.”

Brown led Pacific with 20 points, four rebounds and three assists.

“I gave the team a little burst. Zeth had a great game,” Brown said. “Cullen has a load off his shoulders from last year because he has more people around him who can score.”

VanLeer collected seven points, five rebounds and five assists.

Zeth Boyer added six points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.

DeBold and Kraus both scored five points. Kraus added four rebounds. Noah Boyer and Hinkle both scored two points. Hinkle had five rebounds.

“It was a physical game. Casey has those guys playing hard,” VanLeer said. “Our kids battled through it and played tough.”

Neyko Dominguez scored 15 points to pace St. Clair.

Will Rolley finished with six points. Austin Gotway added four points. Adam Brott, Evan Murphy and Brandon York each had two points.

“Pacific is a good team. They played really good defense,” Korn said. “They hit two shots early in the fourth quarter and our guys kind of panicked.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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