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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


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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