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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 3:00 pm

Borgia bounced back from a semifinal loss to St. Charles with a big performance against Bayless in the third-place game of the Washington Boys Basketball Tournament.

The third-seeded Knights (9-3) started fast and never let up in a 63-36 win over the fourth-seeded Bronchos Saturday at Washington High School.

“We played with quite a bit of tenacity, and what a difference that makes,” said Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier. “When you have that energy and you get after it right from the start, that’s crucial.”

Leading 16-10 after the first quarter, the Knights outscored Bayless 19-5 in the second period to take a 35-15 advantage into halftime.

Borgia had things in cruise control during the second half, leading 54-27 after three quarters.

“We had a number of offensive rebounds and that led to quite a few second-chance points, which were able to help us get a lead,” Neier said. “A key for us is how hard we work and if we’re able to get in the right spots. We were able to rotate some kids, keep everybody fresh and go after it extremely hard.”

Walton Eckelkamp led the Knights with 23 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

“We scored enough inside, which put pressure on them to help there. He was able to get some good screens, which led to open shots,” Neier said of Eckelkamp. “He was able to put them in and what a difference that makes. It makes you look like a good coach when your players are hitting.”

Joe Helfrich came off the bench to score 15 points.

“He’s really been picking it up,” Neier said of Helfrich. “Talking about the offensive rebounds, he’s one of the guys who really played hard on the boards and did a good job.”

Kevin Birk finished with seven points. Zac Schweissguth added five points. Adam Meyer and Clayton Voss both netted four points. Tyler Breckenkamp scored three points. Spencer Juergens had two points.

Bayless (9-4) was led by Patrick Triplett, who scored 19 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

Two of the Bronchos’ normal starters did not start, but did eventually play. Edin Mehmedovic was injured and played in the second half, scoring four points. Excell Harris was sick, but entered in the second quarter. He did not score in the game.

Borgia’s defensive pressure created a number of scoring opportunities off Bayless turnovers.

Neier reflected on the Knights’ tournament performance.

“I wish we would have played better in the St. Charles game. We played very poorly in the first half and didn’t come out with a lot of confidence,” he said. “St. Charles just really took it to us. That’s how you learn lessons, going against teams of that caliber. If things don’t happen for you, you have to learn how to adjust. That will help us out in the long run.”

Borgia-St. Charles

Eventual tournament champion St. Charles (13-3) topped Borgia in Friday’s semifinals, 58-48.

Meyer scored 14 points to lead Borgia. Helfrich added 13 points.

Eckelkamp finished with nine points. Juergens netted five points. Schweissguth scored three points. Birk and Breckenkamp both had two points.

It was a big first half for the second-seeded Pirates, who led 18-8 after one quarter and 40-16 at halftime.

“Our trouble was that offensively, we didn’t do anything with the ball. We had a number of turnovers. It seemed like when we got the ball to the basket, we weren’t able to put it in. We missed a number of easy shots. They kept scoring and we weren’t able to keep pace,” Neier said. “A lot of the credit goes to them for the kind of defense that they played. They played extremely good defense in the first half with a lot of pressure on the ball. Our kids were not reacting very well. Just mentally, it didn’t look like we were ready to play. The focus wasn’t there.”

The Knights held the advantage in the second half by a 32-18 margin, including 16-4 in the fourth quarter, and pulled to within eight points with 26 seconds left in the game.

“We kept working and were able to put a little bit of pressure on them and finally got a couple of baskets to go in to turn it around a little,” Neier said. “Part of that is I think they lost a little bit of focus with such a big lead. They relaxed a little bit and our kids started to pick it up and play harder.”

Casey Teson led the way for St. Charles with 16 points and Sam Kohrs added 14. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.

Josh Roglin finished with eight points. Chase Morfeld scored seven points. Luke Joslin had six points.

“They have a good ball club. You like to get some games where your kids are challenged and if you don’t play well, you’re not going to win,” Neier said. “Teson’s range is just unbelievable. He doesn’t have to be right on the three-point line. Once he gets past half-court, he’s a threat. That makes it difficult to guard him. He also can take the ball to the basket and he looks for his teammates. He’s a really good ball player.”


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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