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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 6:45 pm

Playing on the consolation side of the Washington Tournament bracket is unfamiliar territory for the Borgia Knights basketball team.

The third-seeded Knights got there with an opening round loss Tuesday to sixth-seeded Francis Howell Central 55-47, but bounced back Thursday in the consolation semifinals with a 64-43 victory over seventh-seeded Ft. Zumwalt East.

Borgia (7-6) takes on fourth-seeded St. Charles (11-5) in the consolation game Saturday at 4 p.m.

“We needed a win here after losing a few. Not that we’ve played terrible, but we haven’t been good enough to win,” said Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier. “St. Charles has a nice team. They shoot the ball outside and are very aggressive taking the ball to the basket. Defensively, they really get after it. Hopefully we’ll be prepared for it.”

Friday’s championship semifinals feature top-seeded Washington (11-4) against fifth-seeded Bayless (9-3) at 6 p.m. followed by Howell Central (5-8) against second-seeded Westminster (7-5) at 7:30 p.m.

The third-place game is scheduled for Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The championship contest follows at 7 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East

Borgia dominated the final 19 minutes of the game against Ft. Zumwalt East (4-8) to register the victory.

The Knights trailed 22-12 with 3:44 remaining in the second quarter, but outscored the Lions 52-21 for the remainder of the game, including 40-16 in the second half.

“It just felt good to get a win. Our kids got a little more confident in the second half and a little more aggressive,” Neier said. “We got the ball to the basket and pushed the ball up the court. When you get easier shots, that helps to lead to better offense. We got more confidence with all of our shots.”

After missing the first-round game with a rib injury, Jordan Miller returned to the lineup and led a balanced Borgia attack with 14 points, 10 in the second half.

Joe Helfrich finished the game with 13 points. Zachary Schweissguth added 11 points, 10 in the second half.

Casey Kuchem pitched in with nine points. John Baumstark netted eight points.

River Filla registered three points. Kevin Birk and Adam Meyer both scored two points. Tyler Breckenkamp and Collin Mantle both had one point.

After the score was tied 10-10 after one quarter, East’s Brett Sugar hit a half court shot to end the first half and give the Lions a 27-24 lead.

That play had no affect on the Knights, who controlled the second half, leading 44-36 after three quarters.

“In the second half, it seems like we were hustling better and getting after it harder. And that makes such a big difference,” Neier said. “Just the demeanor of the team. We felt confident in the second half and really went after it to win the ballgame.”

Howell Central

Borgia opened the tournament with the loss to Howell Central.

Once trailing by 10 points midway through the second quarter, Borgia tied the game 38-38 with 7:43 left in the fourth period, but couldn’t gain the lead.

Borgia played without Miller, who had a rib injury.

“You can’t use that as an excuse. Our kids played hard. We just didn’t have quite the focus it takes to beat a pretty good team,” Neier said. “They did a good job finding the open man. We knew the (Ryan) Howard kid outside was pretty tough and their best three-point shooter. We let him get open. Any time he got one, it seemed like it was at a crucial time. We would climb back into it and then all of a sudden he gets open for a three-pointer. It just takes more focus than what we had.”

Ryan Howard knocked down four three-pointers and finished with 16 points. Derrick Puni also scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Spartans.

Helfrich led Borgia with 12 points. Schweissguth gave the Knights a spark with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

“Zach has really picked it up and helped us on offense in the last couple of games. He ended up with 13 points against Chaminade,” Neier said. “With Jordan back, hopefully we’ll have more of an offensive threat with Zach shooting the ball well.”

Baumstark collected eight points, three rebounds and two assists.

Kuchem added seven points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Meyer registered six points and three rebounds. Filla had three points and five rebounds. Birk grabbed three rebounds. Breckenkamp and Alex Moss also played.

Howell Central held leads of 19-12 after one quarter, 27-26 at halftime and 38-36 after three quarters.

“We have to find some kids who want to shoot from the outside and can knock down some shots for us,” Neier said. “We have some kids who do that in practice. It has to carry over into games. Hopefully that will start to happen.”


Defending tournament champion Westminster defeated Ft. Zumwalt East in Tuesday’s other first-round contest, 73-57.

Jack Dohr paced the Wildcats with 18 points. Grant Koby added 16 points. Shane Benes had 10 points.

The Lions were led by Ryan March, who scored 12 points. Tyrie Thomas added 10 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