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Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 7:00 pm

After a timeout with 9.9 seconds to play Wednesday in Rolla, Jordan Miller knew he wanted the ball.

Miller’s shot from near the free-throw line as time expired lifted the Knights to a 47-45 Class 4 sectional victory over Hillcrest at Missouri S&T.

“We had to push the ball up the court,” Miller said. “I just decided I wanted to take the last shot because I’m a senior on this team.”

Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said Miller came through twice for the Knights.

“Jordan not only hit that one at the end, but he hit that long three at the end of the first quarter,” Neier said. “There’s the ballgame right there if you look at the final score.”

The Knights (20-8) faced one final hurdle after Hillcrest senior Roy Hardy Jr. hit the Hornets’ ninth three-point shot of the game to knot the score at 45-45 with 10.5 seconds to play.

“It was great,” Miller said. “Toward the end, we started coming together. We decided we needed one stop, one rebound to secure the game. We didn’t want to give up any threes and they got a deep three by 14 (Hardy).”

Borgia called a timeout with 9.9 seconds on the clock, plenty of time to set up a shot to try and win it.

After junior Kevin Birk inbounded the ball to him, Miller studied the defense. He already had an idea of what he wanted to do.

“I wanted to take it closer and not pull up from the three-point line because I wasn’t hitting too well tonight,” Miller said. “I decided to drive in. He (junior Juwan Johnson) played good D. He cut me off and forced me to go left. I just pulled up at the free-throw line and it went in.”

Moving from the left to near the free-throw line, Miller jumped with less than a second to play.

With the shot away, everyone in the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building froze while watching the ball arc through the air.

Just after the horn sounded and the backboard lit up, the ball neatly swished into the basket.

Game over, Borgia wins.

And the place erupted.

Borgia’s large following celebrated loudly as the Knights repeated history and earned a trip to the Class 4 quarterfinals.

The Knights will face Republic (27-4) at Drury University’s O’Reilly Family Event Center Saturday at 1 p.m. Republic eliminated Carl Junction (19-10) Wednesday, 62-42.

Hillcrest ended its season at 22-6.

Wednesday’s matchup marked the second time in three seasons that the two schools had played in the postseason at Missouri S&T. Borgia defeated the Hornets in a 2011 Class 4 quarterfinal game, 52-42.

“It really was a tremendous win,” Neier said. “They really have a good team. To hold them to 45 points is pretty amazing. When we saw them, they were such an offensive juggernaut. They have guys who can all shoot and penetrate. They are a pretty tough team.”


Borgia’s biggest trouble in the game was overcoming Hillcrest’s hot outside shooting. The Hornets stung Borgia for nine three-point baskets in the game, many from at least a step beyond the three-point arc.

“They had multiple guys on their team who could shoot threes,” said Miller. “Pretty much everyone on their team could hit. They were hitting them from deep, so we needed to spread out and get a hand in their faces.”

Borgia hit five shots from beyond the arc, including the longest one of the game.

Miller launched a shot at the end of the first quarter from beyond the midcourt stripe and it went in to pull Borgia back to 12-10 after eight minutes of action.

“I just saw there was five seconds left,” Miller said. “I was dribbling up closer to halfcourt. I just threw it up and it banked in. That was pretty awesome. I’ll take it any day.”

Borgia rallied in a tight second quarter to take a 19-16 advantage at the intermission. The Knights were up 37-32 after three quarters.

Senior Casey Kuchem led Borgia in scoring at 16 points while hitting seven of his eight shots from the field. He hit two three-point baskets and added seven rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and a steal.

Miller closed with 14 points, two three-point baskets, three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Senior John Baumstark scored six points with three assists, two rebounds and a steal.

“John got a couple of layups and played some tenacious defense where they couldn’t get that three-point shot, and they couldn’t get around him, either,” said Neier.

Junior Joe Helfrich scored six points with six rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.

“Joe Helfrich did a great job inside along with River Filla,” Neier said. “At the end Casey Kuchem got a couple of big blocks when they penetrated. We were able to get the ball back.”

Junior Zac Schweissguth scored three points with four assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Junior Tyler Breckenkamp netted two points.

Senior River Filla (one rebound), sophomore Alex Moss (one rebound) and Birk also played in the game.

“We did a pretty good job of controlling the tempo and getting good shots on most trips,” Neier said.

Sophomore Braden Petry led the Hornets in scoring with 12 points, all which came on four three-point baskets.

Johnson netted 10 points while hitting one three-point basket.

Senior Ray Hardy Jr. netted nine points on a trio of three-point baskets.

Senior Jonah Hill scored five points.

Senior Thomas Whittaker scored three points.

Also playing were junior David McIntosh, senior Rylan Pryor and junior Matthew Howell-Rush.

Game Summary

The two themes of the game, shots by Miller and three-point baskets, merged in the game’s opening score, a three by Miller nearly two minutes into the contest.

After the slow start, both teams picked up the pace near the end of the quarter. Hillcrest got a basket from Johnson and a foul (he missed the free throw) and a three from Braden Petry to take a 12-7 lead.

But Miller’s long launch at the buzzer brought Borgia back to within a pair, 12-10, after eight minutes.

Down 16-12, the Knights scored the final seven points of the first half to take a 19-16 lead at the intermission. Kuchem hit a three while Breckenkamp and Schweissguth scored two-point baskets while giving Borgia the advantage.

The Knights immediately added to the lead in the second half when Baumstark went to the basket, scored and was fouled. His free throw was chopped off on a lane violation.

Braden Petry’s long shot pulled the Hornets back to within two, but Kuchem answered with a three.

Braden Petry hit two more threes in the quarter, but Borgia responded with a Miller three and four points from Helfrich. He hit one basket off a rebound and put in two free throws to keep Borgia on top.

Every time the Knights seemed to be pulling away, Hillcrest got a huge three. Near the end of the quarter, Kuchem scored off a rebound to give Borgia an eight-point edge, 37-32, but Johnson scored from beyond the arc to make it 37-32 after three quarters.

Hardy opened the fourth quarter with a three-point shot to cut the lead to two, but the Knights answered with baskets by Baumstark and Kuchem.

Another three by Austin Petry cut the gap to 41-38.

From there, Borgia went cold. The Knights looked to run clock while Hillcrest took advantage of every Borgia possession which ended without a shot.

Hill scored, was fouled and hit his free throw to give the Hornets a 42-41 edge with 3:09 remaining in the game.

Down by a point and on defense, the Knights got a steal by Miller and he found Schweissguth breaking for the basket.

Schweissguth’s layup missed, but Kuchem was there to follow and Borgia led 43-42 with 1:28 remaining.

Hillcrest failed on its attempts and was forced to foul. Miller hit one with 52.8 seconds to play and Schweissguth hit another with 40.1 seconds left, making it 45-42.

After another Hillcrest turnover, the Hornets fouled Baumstark with 23.5 seconds to play. He missed both and the Hornets set up a shot by Hardy with 10.5 seconds to go. His three knotted the game, setting up Borgia’s final play.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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

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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games