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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 4:00 pm

Scoring the first seven points of the second half, the Borgia basketball Knights ran away from St. Mary’s Friday night, 68-53.

The Knights (7-2, 3-1) had trailed through most of the first half in the home Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division game against the Dragons (4-5, 0-1). “At the beginning of the game, they hit some shots,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “They have a tremendous athlete in Josh Robinson. He had a bunch of points tonight. He’s a tremendous offensive weapon and tough on defense and rebounding. We struggled at the beginning offensively and really just didn’t shoot well outside in the first half.”

St. Mary’s led 11-5 after one quarter and the Knights ended the half on a basket by senior Zac Schweissguth to take a 24-23 lead to the intermission.

“Once we got started some ball movement and got some shots, especially with Joe Helfrich and Adam Meyer, things improved,” Neier said.

Borgia needed a run in the second quarter to come back from the early deficit. The Knights found momentum when they picked up the tempo. St. Mary’s struggled to cope with the quicker pace of the game and turned the ball over during that span.

“I think we rotated a lot of guys into the game,” Neier said. “Our subs came into the game and did a good job. The guys off the bench did a great job and that gave our starters some rest. That kept us fresh out there. That really helped us be able to push the ball up the floor. They got a little tired and that helped us to be able to pick up some easy baskets.”

The Knights netted the first seven points of the third quarter and rolled to a 50-43 lead through three quarters.

“In the second half, we started getting a little bit hotter. Walton Eckelkamp and Zach Schweissguth put in a couple and things started opening up. Then we got some easy buckets.”

Borgia secured the victory in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Dragons, 18-10.

“We were able to get some offensive boards and putbacks,” Neier said. “That really helped us extend the lead. They had to come out and play us a little tighter.”

The Knights had four players reach double digits in the game.

Senior Adam Meyer scored 19 points to lead the way and was a force near the net.

Meyer added four rebounds and two steals.

“Adam Meyer the last couple of games has come along and is playing some good basketball,” Neier said. “That’s what we need, players stepping up and doing something for us. After the way we started off, we needed somebody.”

Schweissguth was next in the scoring column with 16 points to go with nine assists, four rebounds and two steals. He was 8-11 from the free-throw line.

Senior Joe Helfrich posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. He also had three assists and one steal.

“Joe Helfrich had a great game,” Neier said. “He had a bunch of buckets, but he also had 13 rebounds.”

Eckelkamp, a sophomore, scored 12 points to go with two steals, one assist and one rebound.

Juniors Jake Neier and Clayton Voss each scored three points and added one rebound.

Junior Spencer Juergens scored two points with two rebounds.

Also playing were seniors Kevin Birk (three rebounds) and Tyler Breckenkamp and sophomore Trey Hunter.

“Defensively, I think we worked hard all game,” Neier said. “We had to because they are so explosive offensively. You never feel comfortable with the lead.”

The game’s leading scorer was St. Mary’s senior standout Robinson, who closed with 28 points. Robinson netted 14 points in each half. He already has signed with NCAA Division I team Austin Peay.

“We knew we had to work on him and I thought we did a fairly decent job and he still goes off and scores a bunch of points.”

Robinson also had eight rebounds, three assists and one steal. He went 8-8 from the free-throw line.

After Robinson, senior Dashawn Wilson scored nine points with four rebounds and one assist.

Senior James Wiggins netted seven points and added three assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Senior Jake DeWeese scored four points while adding five rebounds and one assist.

Senior Matt Causino scored three points while adding one rebound and one steal.

Junior Jared Pudlowski scored two points with one steal.

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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

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

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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