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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 7:00 pm

Do you believe in miracles?

Borgia basketball fans do after watching the Knights rally from a 16-point first-half deficit Thursday to defeat Carnahan School of the Future in the opening round of the 60th Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Cola Thanksgiving Tournament, 61-60.

“We came out and put a little more pressure on them,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said about the halftime adjustments. “We made sure we knew where their shooters were and tried to make it a little tougher for them to get easy shots, especially from the threes.”

Borgia then adjusted to the changing pace of the game.

“We kept rotating people and we finally found a combination which clicked,” Neier said. “They went after it. When things slowed down, we put other kids in. One of the things that really helped us out was our bench strength. We had kids who really contributed off the bench.”

When the Knights gained momentum, Borgia was able to start cutting into the deficit.

“Once we started coming back, our kids got a little more excited,” said Neier. “They played a little bit harder. Carnahan was trying to switch defenses and we got a couple of easy buckets. Then, we started hitting outside shots and that made a difference. We put a little more pressure on them with the press and started getting after them. They handled the ball pretty well, but sometimes we got a steal on the other end or made them take a quick shot. The ball wasn’t going down for them as easy in the second half as it did in the first half.”

Borgia, the second seed, faced a large early deficit against the seventh-seeded Cougars.

Carnahan controlled most of the game, leading 18-11 after one quarter and 38-25 at the intermission.

“We just made a ton of mistakes,” Neier said.

The Cougars were up 32-16 after Imani Reed hit the team’s sixth three-point basket of the first half midway through the second quarter.

“He shot the ball very well,” Neier said.

Borgia rallied late in the second quarter to cut three points off that deficit in the half and came out strong in the second half.

The Knights finally found their three-point shooting range in the third quarter after being shut out from beyond the arc in the first half. That helped Borgia go on an 11-point run to trim the deficit to 46-44 at the conclusion of the third quarter.

And Borgia had a chance to tie at the end of the quarter, but its attempt to score missed.

Carnahan lost Trevor Roberts to fouls 30 seconds into the fourth quarter on a charge, but Steven Baynham hit the first two shots to give the Cougars a seven-point lead. Baynham’s three-point basket made it 51-44.

Borgia responded.

Alex Moss found his range from beyond the arc twice to cut it to 53-50.

“Alex Moss came in and hit a couple of big threes.” Neier stated.

Casey Kuchem then hit a three-point basket to tie the game at 53-53.

Eric Williams of Carnahan scored off his own rebound with 3:09 to play to put the Cougars up once again, 55-53.

Jordan Miller hit two free throws with 2:49 left in the game to knot the score at 55-55.

Down the stretch, Borgia turned to Joe Helfrich to score close to the basket. He hit three shots, including a basket with 1:03 to play to give Borgia a 59-57 advantage.

Reed hit another long three with 45.3 seconds to play to give Carnahan the lead again, 60-59.

Borgia pushed the ball back inside to Helfrich again and he scored with 18 seconds to play.

Carnahan called a timeout with 10.3 seconds left to set up a final play. A shot missed and the ball was batted down the floor. The clock expired, but the officials ruled that 1.1 seconds needed to be put back onto the clock. The Cougars got the ball to Williams, who put up a long shot which bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Eight different Knights scored in the game with three reaching double figures. Helfrich and Kuchem each had 12 points while John Baumstark closed with 11.

“John Baumstark had some turnovers in the first half,” Neier said. “But the aggressiveness he showed in the second half playing defense and getting a couple of easy buckets definitely made up for any mistakes he made in the first half.”

River Filla and Miller each scored eight points. Moss closed with six and Adam Meyer and Tyler Breckenkamp each had two points.

Others played huge roles as well.

“Zach Schweissguth came in off the bench and did what he was supposed to do,” Neier said. “Tyler Breckenkamp played some good basketball. River Filla had a sensational game spelling Joe Helfrich, who had two quick fouls. River was really aggressive in there. Kevin Birk defensively played some good ball and passed the ball well. He doesn’t panic. He talks and gets the team up. We had so many people contribute. Everyone who came in contributed.”

Reed led all scorers with 20 points, including five three-point baskets.

Dejon Shelton scored 12 points, Baynham ended with nine, Williams and Raymond Homes each scored eight and Trevor Roberts scored three points.

The Knights play St. Louis Christian in the last semifinal game of the night Friday at 7:30 p.m.

“No matter what direction you go in this tournament, you’re going to have some great competition.” Neier said. “I just think there’s some really good basketball in this tournament. If people want to see good basketball, they should come up here Friday and Saturday. There will be no easy games and some great matchups.”

Carnahan takes on Pacific at 4:30 p.m. in a consolation semifinal.


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

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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 at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

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