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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.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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