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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:00 am

Winning on the road at Hermann Friday night, the Union Wildcats finished Four Rivers Conference action with two league wins.

Union (8-14, 2-5) finished its sweep of Gasconade County schools with a 68-62 win over Hermann Friday night.

“I was very proud of the fight in our kids,” Union Head Coach Chris Simmons said. “We did not play perfect, but we made the plays we needed to make to win the game. Everybody stepped up and made big plays on the offensive end and defensively, it was a complete team effort.”

Hermann opened with a 16-9 lead after one quarter, but the Wildcats led 37-33 at the half and 52-48 after three quarters.

Leading Union’s scoring effort was junior Nick Ziegler, who netted 24 points with four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Junior Tanner Bunch netted 11 points with three assists and a steal.

Senior Brian Borgmann scored 10 points and added eight rebounds, three blocked shots and one assist.

Freshman Ethan Hughes ended with eight points, one assist and one rebound

Sophomore Dillon Breeden finished with seven points, three rebounds and two assists.

Junior Kevin Curran scored six points with seven rebounds, one assist and a blocked shot.

And junior Andrei Ciot scored two points with three assists and two rebounds.

“Overall, we still have a lot of things to get better at but I was proud of our kids because of how they fought and handled pressure down the stress,” Simmons said.

Matthew Hug led Hermann in scoring with 16 points.

Josh Oetterer and Craig Winkelmann scored 12 points apiece and Josh Schannuth added 10 points.

Garrett Leimkuehler ended with six points, Collin Hart added four and Jordan Leicht closed with two points.

Festus

The Wildcats lost Monday night to Festus, 64-59. Union led 14-12 after one quarter, but trailed 29-25 at the half and 47-38 after three quarters.

“It was not a very pretty game,” Simmons said. “We had our chances late in the game to pull it out, but we just couldn’t get it done tonight. We made some costly mistakes in the third quarter and got down by nine until the fourth when we went on a 10-0 run to take the lead with about four minutes to go. We have been nails this year with the lead late in games but today we missed some chippy shots in around the bucket late and then we had to foul late.”

Four Wildcats hit double digits points in the game.

Ziegler led the team with 20 points, Hughes added 15, Breeden scored 13 and Borgmann added 11. Hughes had seven rebounds while Breeden and Borgmann each had six. Ziegler posted four assists.

“Dillon Breeden and Ethan Hughes played the best game of their careers,” Simmons said.

Last week, Union defeated Windsor Wednesday, 40-38. The Wildcats fell Tuesday in Four Rivers Conference action to Sullivan, 54-45.

Windsor

Union held a 17-14 lead at halftime against the Owls and had to fight to come back in the closing minutes.

“We did not shoot well, we did not execute well, and we struggled to score,” Simmons said. “But, once again, the game changed late when our defense was taken up a notch. We were down 35-30 with three minutes to go and finished the game on a 10-3 run to win. It was not pretty but to finish like we did in a tough situation, I was very proud of our kids. We are getting better.”

Ziegler led Union’s attack with 12 points and added five rebounds.

Borgmann scored nine points and pulled down six rebounds.

Other scorers were Bunch with eight points, Ciot with four, Hughes with three and Breeden and Curran with two points apiece.

Sullivan

Facing the Sullivan Eagles for the first time since the St. James Tournament, Union gave the Eagles all they could handle.

Sullivan led 32-22 at the half, but Union cut the deficit to 41-38 after three quarters.

“We played our tails off,” Simmons said. “I was so proud of how we battled. They got up early on us and then we came out in the second half and really just played tougher and meaner than we have all year. We played within ourselves but just would not go away. We cut it down to three and then they made two consecutive threes to space it back out. I was so proud of how we competed. We just got after it.”

Ryan Juergens led the Eagles in scoring with 19 points and two steals.

Justin Biermann ended with 12 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and three steals.

Chris Erxleben scored eight points. Heath Schatz scored six points with nine rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and one steal.

Michael McDermott scored four points, Logan Hoffman ended with three and Brent Davis scored two points.

Union was led by Borgmann, who scored 13 points with 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

“Brian played probably his best game of his career,” Simmons said. “He played strong and under control while anchoring our defense. Everything started with our intensity on defense.”

Simmons gave credit to Curran and Breeden for their defensive effort in the game.

“Kevin and Dillon really set the tone up top defensively and totally changed the game with their activity,” Simmons said. “While they may not show up in the scorebook, they really changed the game. It was a total team effort.”

Two other Wildcats also reached double digits in scoring.

Ziegler scored 14 points to lead Union’s scorers. He was 4-6 from the field.

Hughes netted 10 points.

Other scorers were Breeden with six points and Ciot with two points.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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.

Wrestling

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

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