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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Thursday, Dec. 18

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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