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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 5:32 pm | Updated: 9:17 pm, Tue Feb 4, 2014.

By Bill Battle

Missourian Sports Editor

Borgia’s return to the Union Tournament isn’t going unnoticed.

The Knights (12-3) opened the event with a 69-25 victory over eighth-seeded Crystal City Monday. Borgia, seeded first, will take on Lutheran South in the semifinals Friday at 5:30 p.m.

“It’s nice playing in this beautiful gym again,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “Our kids came out and played hard right from the beginning. We were able to put some pressure on them and get a few turnovers at the beginning and a few easy baskets. That opened things up for us.”

The game with Lutheran South will rekindle a rivalry born during some memorable sectional games back in the ’90s when it seemed that the two programs almost always matched up at Mineral Area College in the first round beyond the district level.

“We know we’re going to see good competition in the Union Tournament,” Neier said. “This is another chance for our kids to get out and play hard.”


Borgia tuned up for the Union Tournament by rolling past Archdiocesan Athletic Association Small Division school Kennedy Friday in Manchester, 67-44.

The Knights jumped out to a 20-8 lead after one quarter and were up 37-24 at the intermission.

Through three quarters, Borgia held a 50-35 lead.

“At times we played great,” Neier said. “At times, we played mediocre. When we really played well, we went on some good runs. We had a really good run to finally put it away late in the third quarter into the fourth quarter.”

Neier praised his interior players.

“I thought we did a good job of getting the ball inside,” Neier said. “We had some real good interior passing.”

Senior Joe Helfrich led the forwards in scoring with 18 points and added four assists.

Senior Kevin Birk ended with 12 points to go with four assists.

“Kevin hit a three, three layups and offensively really had a good game,” Neier said.

Senior Adam Meyer scored nine points with five assists.

But it wasn’t all the big players getting into the action.

Sophomore Walton Eckelkamp led the guards with 14 points.

Senior Zac Schweissguth netted five points.

Senior Tyler Breckenkamp scored four points and junior Clayton Voss added three points.

Kennedy was paced by Sam Stewart, who scored 22 points with nine rebounds and two steals.

Kyle Husak scored 10 points with five rebounds, two blocked shots and two assists for the Celts.

Crystal City

Borgia, which left the Ameritime Classic to come back to Union, opened against the bottom-seeded Crystal City team.

At one time, Crystal City was basketball royalty when Bill Bradley played there. But times have changed since he terrorized opposing defenses.

This year’s Hornets came in as the last seed in the Union Tournament and Borgia didn’t take long in making sure the outcome was decided.

Borgia netted the first six points of the game and led 19-5 after eight minutes of action.

“We missed a few easy shots at the beginning, but we kept giving ourselves opportunities by playing defense and making it tough for them to score,” Neier said. “Whenever we scored, we were able to press and cause turnovers.”

The Knights continued to find the basket while rotating many players into the game during the second quarter. Borgia led 38-9 at the intermission and 59-20 after three quarters.

Nine different Knights scored in the game.

Leading the charge was Meyer, who had 12 points. Breckenkamp hit a trio of three-point baskets to close with 11 and Schweissguth added 10.

Helfrich posted nine points. Eckelkamp had seven, Voss closed with six, Birk and sophomore Luke DeLine scored five points each and Spencer Juergens added four points.

Dylan Zeiter led Crystal City with nine points. Andrew Sawdy contributed eight points.

Jon Miller, Cody Imfeld, Ke’ion Prater and Matt Eisenbeis each had two points.


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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

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