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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

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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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 at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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