Pulling an upset at the Sullivan Tournament, the No. 6 seed St. Clair basketball Bulldogs topped No. 3 Vienna Monday, 63-51.
The Bulldogs (2-0) advanced to play No. 2 seed Salem in the tournament semifinals Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
St. Clair was led by senior Gavin Marler, who scored 16 points on 5-11 shooting with two rebounds.
The Bulldogs raced out to an early lead against Vienna, holding a 16-6 advantage after the first quarter.
Vienna fought back, cutting the deficit to two points by halftime.
St. Clair built back its separation in the third quarter, outscoring Vienna 19-11 to take a 45-35 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs closed out the game by outscoring Vienna 18-16.
Junior Jayce Decker was second in scoring for St. Clair with 14 points on 4-6 shooting while hitting both of his three-point attempts.
Senior Nick Hill was the third Bulldog to reach double figures, putting in 11 points on 3-7 shooting, with all three of his baskets coming from behind the arc. Hill also grabbed four rebounds.
Senior Hunter Richardson scored eight points for the Bulldogs and led the team in assists with five.
Junior Marcus Kirk scored six points and led St. Clair in rebounds with five.
Senior Trenton Martin scored four points and had four rebounds.
Junior Kevin Killam put in three.
Junior Clay Banderman scored one point.
Sophomore Noah Richardson had four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Bulldogs will play Salem Thursday, who beat No. 7 seed Steelville Monday, 71-55.
On the other side of the bracket Monday, No. 1 Sullivan beat No. 8 Bourbon, 77-40, while No. 4 St. James topped No. 5 Potosi, 85-61.
Sullivan and St. James play each other in the semifinals Thursday at 8 p.m.
The third-place game of the tournament is Friday at 6:30 p.m., with the championship game to follow.
St. Clair Head Coach Josh Gannan could not be reached for comment before press time.