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Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 4:00 pm

In the previous 60 years of the St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament, Borgia and Washington had never met in a championship game.

The two teams always were split into separate divisions, making the matchup impossible.

And the Knights and the Blue Jays never hooked up when the tournament had just one division.

That changed this year.

While the tournament went back to two divisions, both teams were placed in the Gold Division and reached the championship game Saturday night.

Washington overcame an eight-point deficit midway through the third quarter to defeat Borgia, 53-46.

“It was a fun atmosphere,” Washington Head Coach Grant Young said. “Coaches, players and fans don’t get too many of those. It was great for the kids to have a chance to experience this and it was a great win for our kids.”

It was Washington’s 12th Turkey Tournament title and is thought to be the first time the Blue Jays have beaten the Knights since the 2007-08 season.

Washington senior guard Brad Carpenter was named the MVP of the Gold Division.

“It feels great to win the MVP, but it feels better to win the game. This is awesome. We’re going to enjoy it. Beating Borgia is a special thing. We don’t get a chance to do it very often,” Carpenter said. “The chance to play in this kind of game is awesome. It’s a great experience. Hopefully it can propel our team forward for the rest of the season.”

Young feels this is the type of win which could propel the Blue Jays to a big season.

“The good thing is that games like this help to prepare you for the postseason when it comes to district time,” Young said. “I thought our kids did great. It was a total team effort. We had to step up to the physicality and box out and do our jobs individual on the defensive end by talking, making sure we were getting our matchups and making sure we were finding our man and boxing out. In the second half, we did.”

Second-Half Surge

The Blue Jays (3-0) outscored the Knights 32-17 over the final 12 minutes of the game, which included a 13-0 run in a span of just over four minutes late in the third quarter and into the fourth.

“Brad and Ronnie (Suggs) both had some very big shots at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth quarter to get us the lead,” Young said. “I really thought that caused Borgia to take some quick shots on offense and they weren’t as patient in their offense. That allowed us to get in the break and extend our lead a little bit.”

The Knights (2-1) led 24-19 at halftime and increased their advantage to 29-21 on a three-pointer by Walt Eckelkamp with 4:37 remaining in the third quarter, but went cold from there.

“We played extremely well in the first half, especially defensively. We just were cold shooting the ball. We got in some foul trouble in the first quarter and were worried about a couple of our players, so we got out of our press for a while,” said Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier. “You have to give credit to their big guns who really carried them. (Ronnie) Suggs and (Brad) Carpenter hit some big shots in the third quarter and going into the fourth quarter to give them the lead. That was hard to overcome.”

For the game, Borgia was 4-26 from three-point range and 18-60 overall from the field.

“You’re not going to win many games when you’re shooting like that,” Neier said. “We could have extended our lead in the first half and maybe put a little more pressure on them.”

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays made some big shots during their second-half run. They finished the game 8-15 from three-point territory.

The third quarter ended with the Blue Jays in the middle of their 13-0 run.

Suggs drilled a three-pointer with three seconds left, increasing Washington’s lead to 36-32.

Carpenter and Suggs both hit three-pointers to start the fourth quarter, making the score 42-32 with 4:50 remaining on the clock.

“Ronnie hit a couple of big threes from the top of the key,” Carpenter said. “That’s Ronnie for you.”

Borgia stopped the bleeding on a three-pointer by Zac Schweissguth to make the score 42-35 with 4:03 left, but the damage had been done.

“You always know that a Borgia team is going to work hard and fight to the end,” Young said. “They’re always going to give you pressure. Our kids turned it over a few times, but I thought over the whole game we handled it well. We really adjusted in the second half to find the gaps in that 1-2-2 in the middle and get Ronnie into the high post to get touches and get to the free-throw line when we needed to do it.”

The Knights got as close as 46-40 on a three-point play by Schweissguth with 1:33 left, but the Blue Jays were able to secure the lead.

“That boost of extending the lead allowed our kids to get more relaxed,” Young said. “We were really tense in the first half. When we weren’t finding shots, we weren’t getting our looks. When we had the lead, we could relax and get the looks we needed.”

Game Summary

Borgia held small leads throughout the first half.

With the Knights holding a 12-8 advantage after one quarter, their biggest lead of the first half was six points and the halftime margin was five.

Borgia center Joe Helfrich made a big difference in the first half with his scoring and rebounding. He suffered a cut to the bridge of his nose just before the half, but came out and played the entire second half with the nose bandaged.

Five points by Eckelkamp gave the Knights the eight-point lead to start the third quarter.

But a pair of three-pointers by Carpenter started Washington’s run.

Crashing the Boards

Rebounding made a big difference for the Blue Jays in the second half.

“Borgia really outworked us on the boards in the first half,” said Young. “That was a big key. We said we had to outwork them on the boards in the second half and only allow them one shot per possession. We could not allow them to score by outworking us on the rebounds. We did that.”

Suggs knew the Blue Jays had to improve.

“We had to be stronger on the boards. I don’t know how many rebounds Joe (Helfrich) got in the first half, but he was really good. We did a better job rebounding in the second half,” Suggs said. “We locked up on Walton better and just played better defense.”

Neier agreed that rebounds were a big part of the game.

“We were controlling the rebounding with Joe Helfrich, Adam Meyer and Kevin Birk. They all came up with some key rebounds,” Neier said. “In the second half, Washington took that away and they ended up getting some key offensive rebounds. Sometimes you worry about losing a game instead of trying to win. We lost that aggressiveness and they picked up on it. They played harder than we did in the second half.”


Carpenter led Washington in the scoring column with 20 points. He nailed four three-pointers and was 6-6 from the free-throw line.

Suggs added 15 points, knocking down three three-pointers.

Patrick Menke finished the game with six points. Mike Morgan added five points.

Jacob Mulkey scored three points. Austin Subke and Trey Walsh both had two points.

“Jacob picked up his third foul late in the second quarter,” Young said. “In the second half, we decided we were going to go with him. As a senior, he’s played a lot of varsity minutes. He did a great job in the second half by keeping composed.”

Carpenter, Suggs and Mulkey were named to the all-tournament team.

“I told Brad to be ready because I was going to drive and they’ll collapse on me, and he was ready,” Suggs said. “Brad deserves the attention he’s getting. He hit eight threes in our last game. When he does that, he deserves it.”

Young hopes the win is a sign of things to come.

“We came into this game and treated it like any other game we’re going to play,” Young said. “Really, to me, how we played in the second half can jolt us up and show us how we can play. Hopefully this will make the kids hungry to want more.”

Eckelkamp paced Borgia with 15 points, three rebounds and two steals. Helfrich added 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Schweissguth collected eight points, four steals and two assists.

Luke Deline registered five points and two steals. Kevin Birk and Adam Meyer both scored four points. Birk added two rebounds.

Helfrich and Schweissguth represented Borgia on the all-tournament team.

“We have a pretty young team. We have some guys who played last year, but we have a lot of new faces, too,” Neier said. “This has to be a great learning tool for us. To have this opportunity to play in such a big game early in the year, it can only make you better.”


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City vs. West, 10 a.m.

G6 St. Charles vs. Daniel boone, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka vs. Washington, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — Jackson vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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