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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 12:45 pm

With the game on the line, the Republic Tigers turned to Cody Geiger.

Geiger, a 6-3 junior forward, netted 11 points in the fourth quarter and eight in a row to lift the Tigers over Borgia Saturday at Drury University in Springfield, 46-33.

“They really do have a good team,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “I’m going to give them all the credit in the world. They made sure they got good shots. They shot the ball extremely well. They had a really high percentage in the game and were very patient on offense.”

Borgia ended the season at 20-9 while Republic (26-4) will play Liberty North (22-5) in the Class 4 semifinals Thursday in Columbia. The game starts at 5:10 p.m.

“I’m just very pleased with our kids’ effort and the way they withstood their run at the end and were able to get the win,” said Republic Head Coach Trevyor Fisher.

Playing in the O’Reilly Event Center, the Knights had fought back from a deficit to cut Republic’s lead to one point after three quarters, 29-28.

And Borgia had chances to take the lead late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter.

But Republic was able to add to the lead and was up by four points with less than five minutes left in the game when Geiger took over.

“He was active there in the middle,” Fisher said. “He does a good job attacking the rim. He’s got a knack for the ball. He’s done that all year for us. I’m probably more proud of what he did on the defensive end. He did a good job of guarding his guy and getting some easy rebounds. I was very proud of the way he played.”

Neier agreed that was the game’s key run.

“Geiger took control,” Neier said. “When he caught the ball in the middle, we had trouble stopping him. He’s a finisher. He catches the ball, takes it to the bucket, puts it in, and helps them extend their lead. He took things over and made it tough for us.”

Geiger scored four baskets in a row to build what had been a four-point lead up to 11 before Borgia senior Jordan Miller broke the run with an outside shot. But by then, the damage had been done.

Any thought of a Borgia counterattack was met with the Tigers pushing the ball inside to Geiger, who drove to the basket with authority and finished. Geiger’s three-point play (basket and free throw) with 1:12 to play gave Republic an 11-point lead and all but sealed the outcome.

Borgia scored the game’s first basket, but trailed for most of the contest. Miller hit a three-point basket to give the large Borgia traveling group something to cheer about. Republic countered with the next five points before senior John Baumstark finished a play after Miller stole the ball.

The game was tied again at 7-7 when junior Zac Schweissguth scored.

But Republic found the net more often to lead 13-7 after one quarter and 25-18 at the intermission.

The lead could have been bigger, but Baumstark started and finished a basket to give Borgia momentum going to the break. Baumstark made a steal and passed the ball. The initial shot was missed, but Baumstark got the rebound and put the ball back up and in just prior to the end of the half.

Miller hit a three to start the third quarter and senior Casey Kuchem scored off a steal to cut it to two points.

Republic answered with a basket by senior Tyler Abney, which he tossed at the basket from a close awkward angle and it went in.

The Tigers built the lead back to six points before Borgia surged again. The Knights got five points in a row from Schweissguth to cut the deficit to one point, 29-28, with 1:08 left in the quarter.

The Knights had chances, both close and on long shots, to take the lead, but couldn’t and Republic led 29-28 after three quarters.

“We came out and played with some energy to try to get back into the ballgame,” Neier said. “We put more pressure on them. We got a couple of steals and forced them into mistakes. We got a couple of easy buckets on layups and put shots in. We got the momentum going in our direction.”

Fisher said his team forgot how to play for a little bit.

“No doubt about it, we just went brain-dead for five or six minutes and had too many turnovers,” Fisher said. “We allowed them to get some easy baskets. The last four or five minutes, we really took good care of the ball and we hit enough free throws down the stretch.”

Neier said he knows what Republic was facing in that third quarter.

“When you have a lead in the second half with a chance to go to Columbia, you want to do everything you can to hold onto it instead of going out to win the game,” Neier said. “That’s what they did in the fourth quarter. They went out to win the game in the fourth quarter.”

The game had slowed down early in the fourth quarter with Republic leading, 31-29, when Geiger took over.

“But, in the fourth quarter, they went out to win the ballgame and played very smart,” Neier said. “They still hit that great percentage. We started to get into a little bit of a hurry when we got down. We made turnovers which played right into their hands.”

Republic had an easier time finding the cylinder than the Knights. For the game, Republic went 18-26 from the field while hitting three of the four three-point baskets. The Tigers were 7-10 from the free-throw line.

“Any time you can shoot 18-26, you’re going to have a great chance to win,” Fisher said.

Borgia hit 14 of 43 chances from the field while going 3-16 from beyond the arc. The Knights were 2-5 from the free-throw line.

“If we would have shot the ball well, we would have been right there in the ballgame,” Neier said. “We had an opportunity. We missed some easy shots, missed some layups at the basket and missed some wide-open threes we usually hit a good percentage of. We couldn’t quite get going.”

Schweissguth led the Knights in scoring with 12 points. He was 5-10 from the floor while hitting his only three-point attempt and his only free throw. He added two steals, one assist and one rebound.

Miller concluded with eight points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Baumstark chipped in with six points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

Junior Joe Helfrich scored four points with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Kuchem closed with three points, two rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal. He fouled out with 31.1 seconds left in the game, the same time Neier withdrew his starters.

Borgia had no bench points. Senior River Filla and junior Kevin Birk each had one rebound.

Also playing were juniors Tyler Breckenkamp, Parker DuMontier, Collin Mantle and Adam Meyer and sophomore Alex Moss.

“You’re always disappointed losing your last game,” Neier said. “These guys came a long way. At one time, we were 6-6 and we started to change things around a little bit and started to play tougher defense. We got a little more patient on offense and started getting some victories. We made a run here at the end of the season where we won our district, beat a great Hillcrest team in the sectional and had our chances in this game.”

Geiger led Republic in scoring with 17 points. He added two rebounds. Geiger was 8-10 from the field and 1-1 from the free-throw line.

From there, Jacob Fletcher was next with seven points, five assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Marcus Miller concluded the game with six points, two blocked shots and one assist.

Dylan Bekemeier scored five points while adding three assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Canyon Smith came off the bench to score five points with three rebounds and an assist.

Abney scored four points off the bench with two rebounds and a steal.

Grant Hancock added two points, three rebounds and a blocked shot.

Other Tigers playing were Chase Hoffman, Dakota Fortner, Derric Mertes, Brock Yocum (one rebound) and Dillen Ramsey.

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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 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.

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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