It was just what the Borgia boys basketball Knights needed.
Playing at home, the Knights (15-6, 5-2) snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday by beating St. Dominic (1-16, 0-5) in Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division action, 61-35.
“We’ve been looking for getting the kids to come out and play with energy and have fun,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “We were able to hit some shots at the beginning of the game and that made the kids more comfortable.”
Borgia followed up with a 62-51 win at Bishop DuBourg Thursday.
The Knights will play Saturday at St. Mary’s as part of the AAA Showcase, facing Lutheran St. Charles of the Small Division at 3:30 p.m.
Borgia finishes out the regular season next week, hosting Vianney Monday. The Knights visit Trinity next Wednesday.
Scoring the first seven points of the game, Borgia forged a lead it never relinquished.
The Knights moved the ball inside to senior Joe Helfrich for the first two baskets of the game. Sophomore Walton Eckelkamp then nailed a three-point shot.
Helfrich and Eckelkamp tied for the Borgia scoring lead, netting 16 points apiece.
Helfrich also had seven rebounds and two steals.
Eckelkamp added two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
“We had a couple of key guys score with Walt and Joe,” Neier said. “At the opening of the game, we shot the ball very well, especially from outside the arc, and put a lot of pressure on then to go out and guard our outside shooters.”
After one quarter, Borgia led 16-7.
“That was a big key getting up on top of them early,” Neier said.
At the half, the Knights were up 34-20.
Borgia’s advantage stood at 47-29 heading into the final quarter.
St. Dominic finally found some positives late in the game, but the Knights already had secured the outcome.
A total of 11 Knights scored in the game.
Following Helfrich and Eckelkamp was sophomore Luke DeLine, who netted six points to go with four rebounds, three steals, one assist and a blocked shot.
Senior Adam Meyer scored five points with three rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Freshman Gus Kleekamp scored four points and added a steal.
Junior Spencer Juergens scored three points with two rebounds.
Junior Jake Neier scored three points and added a steal.
Senior Tyler Breckenkamp scored two points with one rebound.
Sophomore Trey Hunter scored two points with one rebound and one steal.
Senior Zac Schweissguth netted two points while dishing out nine assists. He pulled down two rebounds and a steal.
Junior Clayton Voss scored two points with one rebound.
Also playing, but not scoring, were senior Kevin Birk (four assists, two rebounds, two steals) and sophomore Jack Hellebusch.
Everyone chipped in,” Neier said. “Some of the stats, you really don’t notice that much, but they are important. Zac Schweissguth had nine assists and Kevin had four. There are a lot of different ways kids helped in the game. That makes the team better.”
The Knights hit the road for a Thursday game and came away with their second win in a row, beating the Cavaliers, 62-51.
Borgia jumped out to a big lead after one quarter, 18-7, and made that pay off for the rest of the game.
“It really was a good road win,” Neier said. “The credit went to our quick start. We had five guys score in the first quarter. That got us going and we carried on to extend our lead.”
The Knights were up 29-15 at the half and 49-31 after three quarters.
Borgia took advantage at the free-throw line, hitting 16 of 28 chances. DuBourg was 7-10 from the charity stripe.
Pushing the ball inside, the Knights were led in scoring by Helfrich, who scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds. He was 5-8 from the free-throw line.
DeLine was next with 13 points, including going 5-6 from the free-throw line.
Eckelkamp scored eight points and hit a pair of three-point baskets.
Meyer was credited with six points.
Voss also scored six points.
Breckenkamp hit a three-point basket.
Kleekamp scored two points while Birk and Jake Neier had one point each.
Borgia played without Schweissguth, who was ill. Jake Neier started in his place.
“Zac was sick and not at the game,” Dave Neier said. “Jake Neier started in his place and did a good job getting the ball inside to Joe.”
Junior Alex Moss dressed out and got a little court time. He’s missed the entire season after foot surgery.
Joe Carr led the Cavaliers in scoring with 16 points while adding five assists, three steals and two rebounds.
“Carr is one of the top scorers in the St. Louis area,” Neier said. “We held him to five points through three quarters. A lot of the credit for defending him goes to Adam Meyer and Kevin Birk, who took turns guarding him. They did a tremendous job.”
David Hennen was next with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.