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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 2:30 pm | Updated: 8:11 am, Thu Dec 20, 2012.

Jordan Miller hit a three-point basket with less than 15 seconds to play to cap a Borgia comeback Monday night at St. Charles West, 53-52.

“It was a game of streaks,” said Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier. “They got a pretty good lead and then we would come back and make it close. They would hit some shots and stretch it out again. Fortunately, we got a good streak at the end. We got close and they missed.”

Neier said Casey Kuchem, who led the Knights with 20 points, set up the winning shot.

“Casey took a three-point attempt and hustled in and got the rebound,” Neier said. “He threw it out to Jordan.”

Miller, who scored 19 points in the game, hit the shot to put Borgia on top.

St. Charles West had the final chance, but Neier said Adam Meyer was in good defensive position to contest Davis Soderberg’s shot and John Baumstark pulled in the rebound.

Borgia improved to 5-3 overall with the victory. St. Charles West fell to 4-4.

Playing at home last Friday, the Knights lost for the first time in the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division to Duchesne, 68-44.

The Knights close out the 2012 portion of the season Friday at Vianney. Freshman action begins at 4 p.m.

“Vianney is another place we’ve had trouble coming out with a victory,” Neier said. “They always are very well coached.”

St. Charles West

In Monday night’s game in St. Charles, Borgia trailed for most of the contest.

The Warriors led Borgia 16-12 after one quarter, 27-20 at the half and 40-36 after three quarters.

Borgia was down by 12 with less than six minutes to play, but narrowed the gap to just one point with a little under two minutes to play.

Neier cited contributions by a number of different players.

“Casey and Jordan shot extremely well,” Neier said. “Joe Helfrich made some  big baskets. They were all big baskets. Kevin Birk came off the bench and had seven rebounds. He also had a big defensive play where he stopped their big kid from scoring an easy basket.”

Neier said the Knights had trouble handling the ball in the first half, but improved in the second half.

“We did a very good job taking care of the ball in the second half,” Neier said.


An eight-point run early in the second quarter helped the Duchesne Pioneers (3-0, 1-0) propel past Borgia Friday at the Ray DeGreeff Memorial Gymnasium, 68-44.

Borgia trailed 13-9 after one quarter and got back to within two on a pair of Kuchem free throws 27 seconds into the second quarter.

But Duchesne ripped a page out of Borgia’s playbook and went on a devastating eight-point run which changed the complexion of the game.

“In the first quarter, we looked like we had an opportunity to play with them,” Neier said. “We made too many mistakes and gave them too many opportunities. They shot the ball well.”

The Pioneers scored inside, outside and off of turnovers. In fact, Duchesne scored five points without Borgia even getting out of its own end.

By the time Alex Moss hit a three-point basket to end the string, the Pioneers were up by nine points, 23-14. The Pioneers responded to the Moss basket with a three-point shot of their own by Mike McDonald.

By the half, the Pioneers held a 13-point lead, 32-19.

Duchesne continued the onslaught through the third quarter and took a 50-30 lead into the final eight minutes.

“We’ve got to find a way to get to that level to give ourselves a chance,” Neier said.

Borgia’s bright spots were few and far between.

Three players tied for Borgia’s scoring lead with nine points. Sophomore Alex Moss was the only one to hit any three-point baskets and he went 3-4 from the free-throw line with a rebound as well.

“He not only shoots the three well, but he goes to the basket,” Neier said. “We need to continue to develop shooters. You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Duchesne for their defense.”

Also hitting for nine points were Baumstark and Kuchem.

Baumstark added three rebounds and two assists. Kuchem had four rebounds, three blocked shots and an assist.

Helfrich ended the game with seven points and four rebounds.

Miller scored six points with three steals, two assists and a rebound.

Tyler Breckenkamp added two points and a rebound.

Meyer and Zach Schweissguth scored one point apiece. Meyer had three blocked shots and a rebound. Schweissguth added a steal.

“We didn’t handle the ball well, but the kids never quit battling,” Neier said. “We’ve got to keep getting better as a team.”

Duchesne had three players reach double figures in scoring.

Ryan Tune led the Pioneers with 21 points while adding six rebounds, two blocked shots, an assist and a steal.

Sam Briscoe closed with 18 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Drew Moore ended with 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Ryan Briscoe ended with eight points, three blocked shots, two rebounds and two steals.

McDonald scored five points with four rebounds.

Brad Pryor scored three points and added four rebounds.

Nate Friedel scored two points while adding four assists and a rebound.


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 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.


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