After a timeout in the first quarter, Pacific had no more trouble from St. Louis Christian Blue Friday.
The Indians (2-0) topped the Blue Cougars (1-1) 61-32 in the semifinal round of the Turkey Tournament at Borgia.
After converting a three pointer off the tipoff, Pacific fell behind as Christian surged for the next 2 1/2 minutes with Pacific failing to answer back. The tide turned after that with a noticeable change occurring after Head Coach John VanLeer called for the team’s first timeout.
“I basically told them if they didn’t play defense that practice wasn’t going to be too much fun and that we either had to guard or we were going to get blown out of the gym,” VanLeer said. “After that point, I think they scored two points the rest of that quarter and we just defended real well after that the rest of the way.”
Pacific led 12-10 at the end of the first period and continued its defensive onslaught to hold Christian to just five points in the second quarter.
The Indians led 31-15 at the half and 41-22 at the end of the third quarter.
Cameron VanLeer posted team highs with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the contest.
Point guard Trey Boyer snagged six steals to go with 12 points and three rebounds.
Forward Tom Hennessy recorded 10 points, pulled down five boards and made three assists.
Matt Strong went 2-4 from three-point land to come up with six points. He also had three steals and two assists.
Other Indian scorers were Mason Fleming with four points, Ryan Sauvage with three and Joey Casey with two.
While not putting any points on the board, Jordan Cowsert came up with three rebounds, three assists and two steals in the game.
Pacific was able to stay out of foul trouble, giving just 12 personal fouls in the contest. Only Hennessy was whistled more than twice from Pacific, ending with four fouls.
The Indians made good on the bulk of their trips to the free-throw line, shooting a combined 13-16 on one-point shots. They shot 40 percent from the field and 26 percent from three-point range.
The Cougars’ other squad went 0-3 while competing at the Washington, Ill., Tournament of Champions Thursday through Saturday.