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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 6:15 pm

Featuring a playoff atmosphere made more exciting by an extra session, the Borgia basketball Knights edged Pacific Tuesday night at The Reservation in Pacific, 60-58.

Adam Meyer took a bounce pass from Zac Schweissguth and scored a layup with 12 seconds to play to lift the Knights (10-3) over the host Indians (9-4).

“It was a great effort by both teams,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “Obviously, it was tight the whole way. The second half we went back and forth. It could have gone either way. We were fortunate to win in overtime.”

Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer said it was a great game.

“I think the first quarter was a difference in the game,” VanLeer said. “We got outscored 12-6. We outplayed them after that and took it to overtime even though they had the lead. A break here or there made a difference in the game.”

Loud Crowd

Both schools brought large student crowds and they kept the event at a festive roar throughout the night.

“This is how high school basketball is supposed to be,” VanLeer said. “I think sometimes we build these big gyms that are too big. Ours is about the size where if you get it full, it’s pretty loud. Big gyms are nice if you can fill them. In a lot of gyms, a crowd like this wouldn’t have been very big. This is the way it’s supposed to be. Our students were involved, their students were involved. Everything seemed to be clean and everybody had fun.”

Neier agreed.

“You’ve just got to look at the atmosphere of the place,” Neier said. “There was a huge student body on both sides. The fans just packed the place. It was loud the whole game. I don’t think there was a moment where it was quiet. It was a tremendous atmosphere for our kids to be able to play in. Hopefully it helps us to get ready for the type of atmosphere we will see further down the line.”

Don’t worry if you missed this game. The teams could meet again as soon as next week. They’re the top two seeds for the Union Tournament.

“We have to make sure we get better in each game and every practice since we could see them again next week,” Neier said.

“We’re not happy with the loss,” VanLeer said. “We’re going to come to practice every day and be reminded about how bad this hurts right now. We’re going to get better.”

Game Action

Borgia led 12-6 at the end of one quarter, but things tightened up from there. The Knights took a 24-22 lead to the locker room at the half before Pacific took the advantage in the third quarter. The Indians led 40-37 after three quarters with a free throw from Zach Kraus and a buzzer-beating basket from Tristan Moore being the difference.

Pacific led for much of the fourth quarter before Borgia fought back. Trailing 45-44, the Knights got the ball back after a charge call. Joe Helfrich was fouled and hit both free throws to put Borgia on top with 3:33 to play, 46-45.

Cullen VanLeer responded with two free throws for the Indians 10 seconds later to put the Indians back in front, 47-46.

Walton Eckelkamp gave Borgia another lead with 2:17 to play, 48-47.

With 1:16 to play, Schweissguth scored and was fouled, but couldn’t make the free throw. Borgia led 50-47.

VanLeer scored again with 1:07 to play and the Indians responded with a steal, but couldn’t score.

Schweissguth netted another basket and then shot one free throw to make it 53-49 with 35.5 seconds to play.

The Indians roared to life. Jeffrey Hinkle scored with 25.8 seconds to play. After a Borgia turnover, Pacific had to call two timeouts in the final 11 seconds, but got the ball to Hinkle, who scored from the left block to send the game into overtime tied at 53-53.

“We just had to get excited about playing again,” Neier said. “We got to play a little bit longer. In this atmosphere, we wanted to make the most of it. Both teams showed a lot of character.”


First points in overtime went to the Indians as Tanner Brown nailed a three-point shot with 2:36 to play in the extra session. Helfrich replied with a basket and was fouled, but missed the free throw.

Hinkle made a huge save on the offensive baseline and that paid off when Noah Boyer scored to give Pacific a 58-55 advantage.

The Knights went back to work. Schweissguth hit a three-point basket with 1:08 to play, tying the game once again.

A foul away from the basket put VanLeer back at the line, but his attempt on a one-and-one situation bounded away. Borgia moved for its chance, which paid off when Schweissguth made a bounce pass to Meyer, who was cutting down the lane, for the winning basket with 12 seconds to play.

Pacific had a last chance, but couldn’t score and Borgia captured the win.


For the contest, Schweissguth led the Knights in scoring with 17 points despite missing part of the third quarter after being shaken up. He also had eight assists, six rebounds and one steal.

“Zac is our leader out there,” Neier said. “He’s such a strong kid that he’s hard to knock off the ball. We like to see the ball in his hands. He did a great job of getting some penetration and getting baskets, but also stopping and dishing off for other baskets.”

Eckelkamp scored 16 points for the Knights with three rebounds. Most of his points came on four three-point baskets.

Meyer scored 13 points while adding three blocked shots, two rebounds and one assist.

Helfrich recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

Clayton Voss scored Borgia’s other two points.

Others playing were Kevin Birk (two assists, one rebound and one steal), Tyler Breckenkamp, Spencer Juergens (one rebound) and Jake Neier.

“I think everyone contributed in a lot of ways,” Neier said.

Borgia struggled under pressure at the free-throw line as both sides were extremely loud when the other was shooting from the stripe. The Knights hit 11 of 21 attempts.

“We felt we would have an advantage inside and on the boards,” Neier said. “Pacific outhustled us, especially in the second half. They had a ton of offensive rebounds. We know we have a lot of work to do.”

VanLeer posted a double-double with 26 points and 16 rebounds. He scored 14 of his points during Pacific’s third quarter comeback. He hit four three-point baskets and knocked down all three attempts after being fouled on another three-point shot. For the game, he was 6-8 from the stripe.

VanLeer also had three assists and one steal.

“That’s Cullen,” VanLeer said. “Cullen has confidence. His teammates give him the ball at the right time and he knocks some shots down. He rebounded and scored well for us.”

Brown was next with 11 points. He was Pacific’s only scorer in the first quarter with all six points during that eight-minute session. He also had three rebounds and one steal.

“Tanner Brown had a great game,” VanLeer said. “When he started guarding Eckelkamp in the fourth quarter, he didn’t score much more.”

Hinkle scored eight points, all coming in the second and fourth quarters. He added five rebounds and two assists.

“If there’s a loose ball out there, he’s going to go get it,” VanLeer said. “He does a good job rebounding.”

Jacob Klenke and Boyer scored four points apiece. Klenke added two assists, one blocked shot and a rebound. Boyer had three rebounds and an assist.

Stephen Johnson and Moore each ended with two points. Johnson also had three rebounds and a blocked shot. Moore added three rebounds.

“I thought Stephen Johnson gave us some good minutes off the bench tonight, too,” VanLeer said. “He got some offensive rebounds in the first half and kept the ball alive for us to be able to score.”

Zach Kraus added one point, two assists, two rebounds and one steal. Logan Armstrong and Chris Klenke each had one assist and one steal.

“Everybody gave us good minutes up and down the lineup tonight,” said VanLeer.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West vs. Daniel Boone Post 262, 5 p.m.

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Hannibal Post 55, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. G1 winner, 5 p.m.

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 10 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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