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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 9:24 am | Updated: 9:26 am, Wed Feb 13, 2013.

Chris Simmons and his Union Wildcats are breathing a sigh of relief following the team’s first Four Rivers Conference win Friday in Owensville.

The Wildcats (5-16, 1-4) knocked off the Dutchmen (5-16, 0-5) to complete a Union sweep, 31-24.

“It was an ugly game all around,” Simmons said. “Both teams shot poorly, there was very little flow to the game, and it was very physical. I was proud of how our boys kept their composure throughout the game and continued to battle. They fought really hard and in the end, we made some plays that put us up when we needed to.”

Simmons said the Wildcats sealed the win late in the contest.

“Late in the game, we got a couple big plays from Zig (Nick Ziegler) and TJ (Vitt) going to the rim,” said Simmons. “Our bigs did a great job of controlling the glass which has been an emphasis. Despite it being so ugly, I was proud of the kids. It was our first conference win of the season, which is always the toughest.”

However, Union lost a rescheduled home game Monday to Whitfield, 59-47. That game originally was on the schedule for Jan. 29, but Whitfield chose not to travel to Union with the possibility of strong storms projected for that night.

Things changed dramatically in the second half.

“In the second half, we played absolutely no team defense and offensively, we made countless unforced turnovers,” Simmons said. “We played without any competitive spirit whatsoever in the second half and responded poorly to Whitfield’s better play. They played harder and with more passion than we did. We held them to 15 points in the first half because of our defense, but in the second half, we gave up 44 points and most of them were scored from within five feet of the rim.”

Owensville

Playing Friday at Owensville, the Wildcats gave Union a sweep of the night’s action. Union also won the girls game which started the evening’s event.

Friday’s game also likely played a role in Union being seeded above Owensville in Saturday’s Class 4 District 9 seed meeting at Pacific. Union was ranked fifth while Owensville drew the sixth seed.

Neither team could score in the first quarter of Friday’s game, but found the basket in the second quarter.

Union took a 13-4 lead to the intermission. Owensville rallied in the third quarter and cut Union’s lead to one point, 20-19.

Union received a big rebounding effort, pulling down 28 boards. Of that, 23 came on the defensive end.

Senior Brandon Ford led the Wildcats with nine points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Ziegler netted nine points with eight rebounds and two assists.

Vitt closed the game with five points, two assists, two rebounds and a steal.

Junior Brian Borgmann scored four points with three rebounds and an assist.

Sophomore Blake Hulsey scored four points and added one rebound and one steal.

Senior Ashton Dehn recorded four rebounds and two steals.

Also playing was junior Dylan Small.

Cole Farris led Owensville with 10 points, all scored in the second half.

Tanner Goodman scored six points in the second half.

Drew Garner added five points while Dalton Littrell scored two and Nathan Smith ended with one point.

Whitfield

Union led 14-9 after one quarter and 24-15 at the half.

But Whitfield rallied in the second half. The Warriors outscored Union in the third quarter, 21-10, to go ahead, 36-34. The Warriors continued to dominate the second half with a 23-13 fourth quarter.

Ford led the Wildcats with 12 points while adding six rebounds and an assist.

Ziegler had 11 points.

 five assists and two rebounds.

Other Wildcats in the scoring column were Borgmann with nine points, Hulsey with six, Vitt with five and Kory Lucas 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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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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