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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 5:30 pm | Updated: 10:06 pm, Fri Mar 1, 2013.

Keep calm and carry on.

It was more than just a British World War II poster for the Borgia basketball Knights. It was how they were able to win Thursday’s Class 4 District 9 semifinal over St. Clair, 44-35, in Pacific.

The Knights (18-8) trailed by four points late in the third quarter, but never panicked and emerged with the nine-point victory.

“Defense kept us in the game,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “In the third quarter, they took over and played with a lot of energy. We made mistakes on both ends of the floor. We rectified that in the fourth quarter. We were able to get the lead back and protect it by hitting free throws.”

St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn was happy with his team’s effort.

“It was a heck of a game,” Korn said. “We came out playing hard but were a little nervous. Our guys responded really well and we played our hearts out. There was never any quit from them.”

Borgia will meet third-seeded Sullivan (19-8) in the championship game Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

“Sullivan plays very tenacious defense,” Neier said. “They are exceptionally quick. We have to handle the ball, move on offense and hit our shots. They do a good job putting pressure on the ball. Defensively, we’ve got to play tough.”

St. Clair ended its season at 13-14. The Bulldogs knocked off Union in the opening round after tying for the Four Rivers Conference title this season.

Semifinal Game

Borgia hadn’t played a game since Feb. 9, but it didn’t stop the team from racing out to an 11-2 lead.

St. Clair scored the next six points before Borgia’s Zac Schweissguth scored the final two baskets of the quarter, including one at the buzzer, to give the Knights a 15-8 advantage.

Borgia led by as much as nine points in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs were able to trim it back to a 23-16 game at the intermission.

In the third quarter, St. Clair came out swinging. The Bulldogs went on a 9-2 run to tie the game with 3:24 left in the quarter, 25-25. A three-point basket by Adam Brott tied the score.

Will Rolley scored off a rebound with 2:05 to play in the quarter and Neyko Dominguez added a basket and St. Clair led 29-25 with 1:32 remaining in the third quarter.

“They have a very talented team,” Neier said. “They are very strong inside. Dominguez can penetrate and shoot off the dribble, hit the outside shots or make the passes. They have good size and that helps them out on the boards.”

Borgia got two free throws from Schweissguth and a basket from Casey Kuchem, but St. Clair added an Evan Murphy basket to hold a 31-29 lead after three quarters.

Things changed in the fourth quarter. St. Clair managed four points in the fourth quarter while the Knights scored 15 to seal the game.

Borgia’s Jordan Miller hit a basket to tie it, but Dominguez put the Bulldogs back on top with 5:21 left in the game.

Schweissguth came through again, giving Borgia the lead it would not relinquish. He then hit a three-point shot with 4:08 left in the contest to make it a 36-33.

Borgia’s defense stepped up and made key stops. St. Clair got to within a basket again at 38-35 after Dominguez scored with 1:06 to play, but that was the end of scoring for the Bulldogs.

Borgia sealed the game at the free-throw line, hitting five of six chances in the final minute to win the game, 44-35.

Miller led the Knights in scoring with 18 points while adding four assists, four steals and three rebounds.

“Jordan didn’t have a good night shooting threes, but he stepped up and contributed scoring in other ways,” Neier said.

Schweissguth stepped up to contribute 15 points and two rebounds.

“Zac really did some good things for us,” Neier said. “He hit a key three in the fourth quarter to put us ahead. I think that made them play faster than they really wanted.”

From there, the Knights got players who filled roles and did what was needed to earn the win.

Joe Helfrich scored four points with six rebounds and a steal.

Kuchem ended with four points, nine rebounds, two steals and an assist despite missing most of the first half due to foul trouble.

“Casey had a very good night on the boards,” Neier said.

Kevin Birk scored two points and contributed defensively.

“Kevin handled the ball for us and did a nice job,” Neier said.

River Filla netted Borgia’s final point and added three steals and two rebounds. He played a major defensive role in the final quarter.

“River played smart and within himself,” Neier said.

John Baumstark ended with four rebounds and two steals.

Tyler Breckenkamp, Alex Moss and Adam Meyer also played.

Dominguez led the Bulldogs with 17 points and was the only St. Clair player to score in all four quarters. He fouled out with 8.4 seconds to play and was one of two Bulldogs to exit via fouls.

“Offensively Neyko played another efficient game,” Korn said. “He took shots he knew he could make.”

Brott scored five points.

Evan Murphy, who scored four points, was the other St. Clair player to foul out.

“Evan Murphy and Adam Brott were amazing on the defensive end of the floor,” Korn said. “Those two have been great all year on defense. Overall I thought our defense was great.”

Also ending with four points was Brandon York.

Rolley added two points.

The Bulldogs graduate eight players from this year’s team. Seniors are Austin Gotway, Dominguez, Coty DeClue, Brott, Evan Powell, Rolley, York and Murphy.

“I was so proud of our efforts,” Korn said. “Those kids gave everything they had all game long. Our team just kept improving all year long and that is a statement to those kids and how they were learning and adjusting to their to their roles and starting to excel at them.”


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games