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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

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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

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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