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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 6:00 pm

After watching crosstown rival Washington dominate O’Fallon Christian in the first game of Thanksgiving, the Borgia basketball Knights followed suit with a 67-54 win over Miller Career Academy in the nightcap.

“We were very fortunate to get a contest of this sort,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “They don’t quit. They get on top of you and force you into turnovers and to keep playing hard. We know that we’ve got to continue to get better.”

Borgia (2-0) will play Washington for the Gold Division championship in the 61st St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

“It really will be an interesting game,” Neier said. “They’ve been playing some sensational ball here. We’ve got a lot of work to do to find ways to stop them defensively. They’re very tenacious on defense. They hit the boards. They do a lot of things very well. Just to have an opportunity to play in such a big game early in the season is something we really look to in helping us out for playing in other big games. Hopefully we will be ready to use our energy in the right way. It will be a great experience for the kids.”

The Knights had a much closer fight against Miller Career Academy and had to fight for every point against an aggressive Phoenix defense.

Miller Career Academy led 13-12 after one quarter and Borgia held a 29-27 advantage at the intermission.

With the game tied at 29-29, Borgia ripped off a six-point run on baskets by seniors Joe Helfrich, Adam Meyer and Zac Schweissguth and that proved to be just enough of a break to leave Borgia in front for the rest of the game.

“We made mistakes, but we made it up with our hustle,” Neier said. “We were able to force them into some turnovers with our press early in the game.”

Borgia had to come up with some more magic just to add to the lead in the third quarter. Junior Jake Neier and sophomore Walton Eckelkamp hit back-to-back threes to help the Knights lead 49-37 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, Borgia continued to use its depth to grind away at a tired Miller Career Academy squad. Not only did the Phoenix play at Borgia Wednesday night (beating St. Clair, 86-63), but it lost Tuesday to Lift for Life, 70-66.

Additionally, Miller Career Academy had key losses. Junior Ronald Franklin left the game in the third quarter, suffering what appeared to be a foot or ankle injury.

Senior Marcel Lee fouled out of the game with 2:04 to play. He had been in foul trouble for much of the second half before leaving.

“We were lucky we had a lead in that fourth quarter because they came storming back and hit some threes from really long range,” Neier said. “They got hot and we didn’t do a very good job of getting out and covering them.”

Lee and Franklin had combined for 17 points for the Phoenix, according to the official tournament book. Franklin had 12 while Lee added five. However, Lee was a key player both passing the ball and on defense and his loss forced Head Coach Kelvin Lee to dip into the bench.

For the second game in a row, Borgia used its considerable depth to its advantage and nine different Knights got into the scoring column.

Schweissguth led the way with 21 points.

Eckelkamp scored 13 points, including an alley-oop dunk in the first quarter.

Helfrich scored nine points and played a huge role near the basket, pulling down 15 rebounds in the contest.

“We haven’t had a kid get that many rebounds in a while,” Neier said.

Meyer, a defensive standout, scored nine points as well.

Senior Tyler Breckenkamp scored six points on two three-point shots.

Jake Neier netted three points. Senior Kevin Birk, junior Kevin Juergens and sophomore Luke DeLine each had two points.

“It was a sensational job from all of our kids,” Neier said.

For Miller Career Academy, junior Dashan Haynes tied for the team’s scoring lead with 12 points. Senior Rashad Jordan netted 11 points while senior Rashid Bivens scored eight points and junior Cedric Benbow added six.

Miller Career Academy will play Union for third place in the Gold Division Saturday at 3 p.m.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Hermann at Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

St. Dominic at Warrenton    7:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Washington    8 p.m.

Owensville at Borgia    8 p.m.

Union at Parkway West    8 p.m.

Pacific at De Soto    8 p.m.

Sullivan at Park Hills Central    8 p.m.

St. James at Cuba    8 p.m.

Trinity at Wright City    8 p.m.

Volleyball

Friday, Aug. 22

@ECC vs. Neosho    11 a.m.

Washington at Marquette    4:45 p.m.

@ECC vs. Labette    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. St. Louis Panthers    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

@ECC vs. Fort Scott    11 a.m.

@ECC vs. Pratt    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor Tny    TBA

Monday, Aug. 25

Steelville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Pacific at Seckman    4:15 p.m.

Union at Potosi    5 p.m.

Washington at Francis Howell C    5 p.m.

Pacific at Farmington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Central Methodist JV at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Notre Dame at Borgia, 5 p.m.

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

Battle at Union    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Friday, Aug. 22

Rolla at St. James    7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

New Haven Tournament    8 a.m.

Lutheran South at Sullivan    10 a.m.

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington vs. St. Clair, North Field, 8 a.m.

G2 Pacific vs. Liberty, South Field, 8 a.m.

G3 Union vs. Farmington, North Field, 9:40 a.m.

G4 Borgia vs. Park Hills Central, South Field, 9:40 a.m.

G5 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, North Field, 11:20 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 loser, South Field, 11:20 a.m.

G7 G1 winner vs. G2 winner, North Field, 1 p.m.

G8 G3 winner vs. G4 winner, South Field, 1 p.m.

Consolation — G5 winner vs. G6 winner, North Field, 2:40 p.m.

Seventh Place — G5 loser vs. G6 loser, South Field, 2:40 p.m.

Championship — G7 winner vs. G8 winner, North Field, 4:20 p.m.

Third Place — G7 loser vs. G8 loser, South Field, 4:20 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 25

*Notre Dame at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Rolla at Union    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

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

Warrenton at Union    4:30 p.m.

Duchesne at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City at St. Clair    5 p.m.

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

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

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Friday, Aug. 22

Crosspoint at ER    4:30 p.m.

Festus at Union    PPD, Rescheduled for Oct. 13

#Washington vs. Seckman, Northwest    7 p.m.

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 23

#Washington at Rockwood Summit    Noon

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Sunday, Aug. 24

Heartland at ECC    1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union at St. James    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Fredericktown    5 p.m.

Pacific at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union    7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Washington at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

*Borgia at Kennedy    TBA

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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