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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

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American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington 4, Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit) 2

Saturday, July 12

Quarterfinals — Quincy (Ill.) 4, Washington 1

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

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 def. St. Peters

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia next week.


Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

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 def. St. Peters

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

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles def. Elsberry-Winfield

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — Washington vs. St. Charles, 1 p.m.

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

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    8 a.m.

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    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

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.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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