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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:00 pm

St. Clair is playing its best basketball of the season.

That trend continued last Friday when the final two unbeaten boys teams in Four Rivers Conference play, St. Clair and St. James, met at St. Clair High School.

The Bulldogs (11-10, 5-0) took sole possession of the FRC lead with a 66-58 victory, handing the Tigers just their second loss of the season.

“Our guys played really well. It was back and forth and an exciting game to watch,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “We would love to become the conference champions, but more importantly in our minds is focusing on what we need to do to continue to get better. Our team has kept improving since day one, which has been one of our goals.”

The difference in the game came in the third quarter, where the Bulldogs outscored St. James 19-7, turning a 35-32 halftime deficit into a 51-42 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

“We came out strong, didn’t turn the ball over early and prevented their fast break opportunities,” Korn said. “Later in the first quarter and early in the second, we started turning the ball over more, which led to their scoring. We settled down and had a bunch of really good looks toward the end of the half, but just missed layups.

“The third quarter was great. We played maybe the best quarter I have seen us play. We guarded and worked together as a team. We hit the glass hard and beat them in transition to take a nice lead. Austin Gotway and Neyko Dominguez on back-to-back plays got rebounds and threw it to each other for layups for two of our highlights this year.”

St. Clair was able to hold off St. James down the stretch.

“In the fourth quarter, they put on the pressure and we were able to handle it,” Korn said. “They cut it to three points, but we made our free throws and kept the lead.”

Neyko Dominguez paced St. Clair with 15 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals.

Will Rolley finished with 12 points and three rebounds.

Adam Brott collected nine points and nine rebounds.

Evan Murphy registered eight points, two rebounds and two assists.

Reno Jones and Ben Feddersen both scored seven points. Jones added four rebounds.

Austin Gotway scored six points. Evan Powell had two points. Brandon York missed his fourth straight game with a shoulder injury.

St. Clair shot 53 percent from the field and was 19-22 from the free-throw line.

St. James (21-2, 4-1) played without its leading scorer and rebounder, 6-6 senior forward Jack Mueller, who was injured in the Tigers’ previous game against Hermann.

“Our guys were excited and they played really well. Adam Brott did a very nice job defending (Jake) Ford and cleaning up the glass,” Korn said. “We got some great minutes from Will Rolley. Reno Jones hit a couple shots that really sparked that third quarter. Neyko had the ball in his hands most of the game and for the most part, did a nice job against their pressure.”

St. Clair clinched at least a tie of the FRC title with a win Tuesday against New Haven. The Bulldogs play their final FRC contest Friday at Pacific.

“Pacific is a team we know really well and they know us. We have played them close a couple of times this year, but they have made fourth quarter runs that we have not been able to counter," Korn said.

“I am so proud of our guys the way they have stayed with the system and the season. If we get better this week in practice, I will be happy whether we are conference champions or not. We still have a lot of basketball to play.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Oct. 3

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    7 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

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

Softball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.

Volleyball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

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

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Thomas Jefferson at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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