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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Playing without its leading scorer, Union made St. Clair earn a Four Rivers Conference boys basketball victory.

The Bulldogs (5-14, 2-2) held the lead throughout the night, but never pulled away in a 51-43 win at St. Clair High School.

“We’ve been losing leads late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, so it was nice to not fall back and lose the lead,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “We were able to extend it in the fourth quarter. I was proud of the way we were able to do that.”

The Wildcats (5-12, 0-4) were without junior guard Nick Ziegler (18.6 points per game), who had to sit out after being disqualified from their last game against New Haven for a flagrant foul.

“Nick is a great teammate. He was here cheering on his teammates,” said Union Head Coach Chris Simmons. “It was disappointing not to have him. It changes everything when he’s out. We’re young. (Brian) Borgmann is our only senior. We’ll get better.”

Without Ziegler, the Wildcats had just seven players in uniform. To make matters worse, second-leading scorer Brian Borgmann was in foul trouble for most of the game and spent a lot of time on the bench.

“I don’t want to sound like I’m making an excuse, you have to give St. Clair credit for the win, but with Nick out and Borgmann in foul trouble, that’s 30 points per game on the bench, our top two scorers,” Simmons said. “That’s not an excuse. We couldn’t get a flow going offensively. I’m still proud of our kids because we were in the game and had a chance to win.”

Even the Bulldogs might have experienced a letdown with Ziegler not playing.

“We understand they didn’t have Ziegler and he’s one of the best players in the conference,” Korn said. “We prepared to stop him, attack him and get after him. With him not playing, I think our guys just assumed we had it. You have to bring it night in and night out.”

Reno Jones led St. Clair with 17 points and nine rebounds.

“The more Reno plays, the more I realize how much better he’s gotten from last year,” Korn said. “He’s one of the best players in the conference. He does everything we need him to do.”

Damon Arnold added 14 points, going 8-8 from the free-throw line.

Harley Love finished with six points and four rebounds.

Ben Feddersen netted four points. Spencer Crumbaugh and Kevin Cox both scored three points. Darrell Martin and Kyler Waldo both had two points.

The Bulldogs were without Keola Bursey, who was sick.

“Damon hit two big threes and he knocked down free throws. That was important for us,” Korn said. “Kyler also hit two big free throws. That helps our ability to win.”

Tanner Bunch led a balanced Union attack with 12 points.

Ethan Hughes, a freshman, finished the game with eight points. Nick Kretzler added six points.

Kevin Curran, Dillon Breeden and Andrei Ciot each scored five points. Borgmann had two points.

“Everyone on the court played extremely hard for Union and it seemed like they wanted it more, at times, than we did, especially in the first half,” Korn said.

Trailing 14-8 after one quarter, Union pulled to within two points in the second quarter and trailed 24-21 at halftime.

St. Clair held an 8-3 advantage in the third quarter to extend their lead to 32-24 heading into the final eight minutes.

Both teams scored 19 points in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats pulled to within 32-29 with 6:23 remaining, but got no closer.

“We have to learn how to get over the hump and win these games. We’ve had a lot of games where we’ve lost by 10 points or less. Somebody told me with a young team, you’re going to lose close games. I hate to admit it, but that’s what we’ve done. Hopefully we’re learning from it,” Simmons said. “It’s a great group of kids. We have eight kids who get after it every day in practice and fight for each other. There’s no selfishness or finger pointing.”

The Bulldogs, who were 22-34 from the foul line, knocked down enough in the end to earn the win.

“We executed what we tried to do offensively pretty well in the first half where we tried to penetrate and get the ball inside. We didn’t want to settle for a bunch of outside shots,” Korn said. “We wanted to get some lane touches and we did that. We got some good shots. I was happy about that.”


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 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

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

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

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 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.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 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

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

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games