The Indians have one game left for the winter break.
Pacific’s boys basketball team fell to 0-2 in the MICDS Holiday Invitational Wednesday with a 52-39 loss in the consolation quarterfinals to Ft. Zumwalt West (4-4). The Indians hold a 5-4 record on the season and played one final round at the tournament Thursday afternoon against Clayton. The game took place after The Missourian’s print deadline for this week.
After one quarter of play, the Jaguars held a 9-4 lead. Zumwalt West went into the half ahead, 24-13.
Pacific came out in the third quarter with the first two baskets of the period and quickly chopped that lead in half, but could never got closer than a four-point difference the rest of the way.
“Early in the game, we were getting good shots and they just weren’t going,” Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer said. “We just struggled to score. In the second half, we came out a little more aggressive and got some shots that cut it down to four. After we got it back to four, it was four possessions in a row where they got an offensive rebound and ended up scoring. That was huge. Whenever you’re struggling to score like we are, giving the other team second chances to score just isn’t very useful.”
Pacific won the third quarter, 15-9, but went into the final period trailing, 33-28.
Mason Fleming led the Indians’ offensive output with 17 points. He grabbed five rebounds with two assists and one steal.
“I thought Mason had a pretty solid game again,” VanLeer said. “He shot decent.”
Fleming was 5-12 from the field and 3-7 from three-point territory in the contest.
Garrett Evans was next in scoring with eight points. Evans pulled down two rebounds.
Don’TA Harris added six points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals.
Dylan Myers chipped in four points. Jordan Cowsert and Jacob Sauvage both scored two.
Cowsert grabbed five rebounds with two assists and one steal.
Sauvage finished with five rebounds and two assists.
James Iliff rebounded four with one assist.
Jeremiah Murray contributed two rebounds.
For Zumwalt West, Kaileb Bryant was the leading scorer with 14 points.
Darius Turner netted 10 points.
Other Jaguars with points included Luke Hampton (eight), Les Robinson (five), Jack Strassner (five), Kaden Solverud (three), Keegan Ell (two), Britton Robertson (two) and Kody Klingensmith (one).
Clayton, the final opponent for Pacific in the tournament, is the No. 15 seed. The Greyhounds sustained losses in the tournament to Francis Howell, 70-39, and O’Fallon Christian, 68-55.