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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

Football

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

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

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

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

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

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

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

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

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.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

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    TBA

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

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

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

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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