Pacific boys basketball came from behind to win in its home opener.
After starting the season with a second-place finish in St. Francis Borgia Regional’s annual Turkey Tournament last week, the Indians improved to 3-1 on the season with a 57-55 home win against Festus (0-1) Tuesday.
Festus started out with a 20-11 first quarter lead. Pacific was able to cut the lead to just four points, 33-29, at halftime. Festus still held the lead, 46-41, after three periods.
It wasn’t until the last minute of the fourth quarter that Pacific was able to get the lead, which changed hands multiple times before Pacific was able to seal the win at the free-throw line.
“It was a good win,” Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer said. “We could have easily folded up a couple of times, but it showed character that we kept fighting and got back in it.”
Don’TA Harris posted team highs in scoring and rebounds for the Indians with 18 and seven, respectively. He also grabbed a team high four steals and three blocked shots.
Jordan Cowsert netted 13 points with six rebounds and an assist while also benefiting the Indians with his ball handling in the backcourt.
“He didn’t turn the ball over at all,” VanLeer said. “That was huge for us.”
Dylan Myers put through nine points with three rebounds.
Gavin Bukowsky scored five with one rebound. Bukowsky, a sophomore, saw his first varsity action in the second quarter, boosting the Pacific defense.
“He didn’t get the steals, but he got it started with his pressure and created some turnovers,” VanLeer said. “... He got us some really solid minutes. He was a big spark off the bench.”
James Iliff and Jeremiah Murray added four points apiece.
Murray grabbed six rebounds with two steals, a blocked shot and one assist.
Mason Fleming and Jacob Sauvage rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.
Sauvage recorded three rebounds with five assists.
Fleming picked up one steal.
The Indians are next in action Tuesday at home against Bishop DuBourg. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.