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Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 4:30 pm

John VanLeer’s 300th career victory was a big one.

In a boys basketball contest between the two remaining teams in Four Rivers Conference play, Pacific took sole possession of first place with a 46-37 win over Sullivan.

“We’re pretty evenly matched. They have great athletes who play super hard,” VanLeer said. “We expected another tough game against them and that’s what we got.”

Milestone Win

In his 21st season as Pacific’s head coach, VanLeer recorded his 300th career victory.

Scott Brown, VanLeer’s assistant coach, has been there for all 300 wins.

“I’ve had kids who do what I ask them to do and play within the system. I’ve had a great administration who lets me do things my way and have supported me. We have a great community and we’ve had a great coaching staff,” VanLeer said. “Having Scott with me for 21 years as an assistant coach is huge. I’ve always felt that I have the better coaches on the lower levels. Every coach on our staff, other than Coach Brown and Coach (Greg) Hrdlicka, played for me. Our little league program is good. My family has been very supportive.”

Sullivan Head Coach Dino McKinney, another veteran coach in the FRC, praised VanLeer.

“John does an unbelievable job. It’s a great accomplishment,” McKinney said. “We’ve gone against each other a number of times. A few of those 300 wins have come at my expense. His kids always are prepared and play hard.”

So does VanLeer have another 300 wins left in him?

“We’ll have to pick up the pace for that to happen,” VanLeer said. “I’m fired up every year, so I don’t see myself not coaching. I love being around the kids and the competition.”

Game Summary

Pacific (17-4) now stands with a 5-0 FRC record with games against Hermann and St. Clair remaining. Sullivan and St. James both are 4-1.

“Both teams we have left are good enough to beat us,” VanLeer said. “We can’t overlook anyone. “We have to keep getting better.”

Sullivan (18-5) held leads of 13-8 after one quarter and 24-23 at halftime, but was outscored 23-13 in the second half.

“We missed too many free throws in the second half. We missed six or seven two-footers in the first half. In a game that’s going to be close, you have to make those shots,” McKinney said. “We’ve shot free throws well all year, but we were 2-12 in the second half.”

Cullen VanLeer led the Indians with 17 points. Jeffrey Hinkle added eight points.

Tanner Brown finished with six points. Noah Boyer netted five points. Chris Klenke registered four points. Zach Kraus scored three points. Logan Armstrong had two points.

“We didn’t play real well in the first quarter, but we started making plays and making shots. Those are things that good teams do. Good teams find ways to win,” VanLeer said. “All 10 guys who played contributed in positive ways.”

Justin Biermann paced Sullivan with 16 points.

Heath Schatz finished with nine points. Michael McDermott scored eight points. Chris Erxleben and Logan Hoffman both had two points.

“We handled their zone well, which is something we didn’t do the last time we played them,” McKinney said. “Defensively, we were pretty good. It was a physical game, which played in their hands. We’ve had a chance in all five of our losses, which is frustrating.”

Pacific locked down defensively in the second half.

“They were patient and made us guard them. We weren’t real focused defensively in the first half,” VanLeer said. “We came out in our 1-3-1 to start the second half, but later went back to our man-to-man, which is our bread and butter.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton vs. Chamois    6 p.m.

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois loser vs. Wright City-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois winner vs. Wright City-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville loser vs. Montgomery Co-St. James loser    7:30 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville winner vs. Montgomery Co-St. James winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific vs. Union    4 p.m.

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Wentzvillr Liberty vs. Lutheran South     5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

^Holt vs. Warrenton    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Chamois    7:30 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game    4 p.m.

~Consolation    5 p.m.

^Consolation    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game    6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game    7 p.m.

~Championship    8 p.m.

^Championship    8:30 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia at Helias Tri-Meet    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington at St. Charles West    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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