Pacific rolled to a convincing win on the road Tuesday.
The Indians improved to 3-1 on the season with a win at Festus (1-1), 64-45.
Pacific held the Tigers to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters.
“We came out and defended pretty well,” Head Coach John VanLeer said. “The boys came out and executed the game plan probably the best that they have this season defensively.”
VanLeer said guards Matt Strong and Trey Boyer played a key role in shutting down Festus’ two main scorers at the position.
Pacific took the game well in hand on a second quarter surge. The Indians led 14-9 after the first period, but got hot shooting from the outside to build a 38-16 advantage going into halftime.
Strong was 4-6 in three-point shooting, accounting for all 12 of his points.
Joey Casey was 3-4 for three with Cameron VanLeer and Mason Fleming each knocking down one from beyond the arc as well.
The team’s collective 9-22 mark from three-point range Tuesday was a vast improvement from the 1-20 the Indians shot in their previous game against McCluer North for the Turkey Tournament Championship.
“We know that we’re going to have to make threes,” Coach VanLeer said. “That’s a big part of our offense this year. We didn’t shoot it that well Saturday. If we shoot that well then we win the championship.”
The Indians carried a 27-point lead going into the final four minutes before resting their starters the rest of the way.
Cameron VanLeer finished with a team-high 25 points and eight rebounds.
Casey finished with 11 points and Tom Hennessy with four.
Pacific got three points each from Fleming and Ryan Sauvage and two apiece from Boyer, James Iliff and Nicholas Hoerchler.
Hennessy also grabbed six rebounds and Sauvage four. Casey and Strong each pulled down two boards.
Fleming, Hoerschler, Iliff and Don’TA Harris recorded one rebound apiece.
VanLeer posted five assists with Boyer, Hennessy, Jordan Cowsert and Jacob Sauvage getting two each.
Harris, Strong and Ryan Sauvage each were credited with one assist.
Boyer led the team with four steals. Harris and Strong each made one steal.
Cameron VanLeer’ got the Indians only blocked shot of the night.