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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 4:45 pm

Scorching the nets for 91 points, the Union basketball Wildcats bounced back in a huge way Tuesday at the 61st Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament.

Union (1-1) posted a 91-68 victory over the O’Fallon Christian Eagles (0-1).

“The kids played hard,” Union Head Coach Chris Simmons said. “They shot the ball well. It was nice to win in a big way. They clawed early, but we were able to pull away. It was a big win for us.”

Simmons said that playing the night before might have given the Wildcats a slight edge because it erased the first-game jitters.

“With us playing earlier, and not playing as well, we got the jitters out,” Simmons said. “We were able to just come out and play and not worry about messing up. With a lot of young kids, I felt we were hesitant last night. There was a lot less hesitancy tonight.”

Union will play Miller Career Academy for third place Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

“It will be a tough game,” Simmons said. “We’ll play either Borgia, Miller Career or St. Clair and any of those teams will give us a good game.”

Eight different players scored for the Wildcats, but two did most of the damage.

Junior Nick Ziegler had the best game of his career, scoring 39 points. That’s just nine short of the tournament’s single-game scoring record, set by Orchard Farm’s Fred Semke in 1976.

That including going 19-19 from the free-throw line.

“It was a very unselfish night for him,” Simmons said. “He just took what they gave him and it ended up being a really good night for him. He also made a lot of good passes.”

Ziegler’s huge scoring night overshadowed another career effort from junior guard Tanner Bunch, who filled the hoop for 20 points. He hit six three-point baskets in the game.

“Tanner hit some big threes to open it up in the middle,” Simmons said.

Sophomore Dillon Breeden ended with nine points in the contest. Senior center Brian Borgmann scored eight points, but made a strong impression for his defense near the basket.

“Brian, defensively, was a monster in there,” Simmons said. “While he didn’t block a lot of shots, he changed them. We got beat off the dribble, but once they got inside, Brian forced them to change their shots. He was the brick wall behind our defense tonight.”

Junior Kevin Curran chipped also scored nine points. Junior Andrei Ciot netted three points while sophomore Nick Kretzler scored two and junior Austin Moss added one point.

“Ziegler may get a lot of the press, but it was a full team effort tonight,” said Simmons.

O’Fallon Christian was without its top scorer from last season, senior Deantrell Prince, but still found ways to keep up with the Wildcats for much of the contest.

The Eagles used strong outside shooting to make the game one of the highest scoring between two teams in some time.

Sophomore DT Christianson led Christian in scoring with 19 points.

Senior Evan Marcks netted 17 points while senior Jordan Norwine chipped in with 13 points.

Also hitting double digits was senior Jackson Rodgers with 11 points.

Senior Sam Henderson closed with eight points.

The second half turned into a free-throw shooting contest with many fouls. Christian lost Norwine and Henderson down the stretch, which hurt considering the lack of team depth for the night.

Overall, the game moved a quick pace with Christian taking a 21-20 lead at the end of the quarter on a three-point basket by Rodgers.

Union got the ball to Ziegler to take the lead, but Christianson hit a free throw to tie it at 22-22.

After Christianson put the Eagles back on top with a basket, Curran tied it and then hit a three-point shot to give Union the lead once again.

After a Norwine basket, Bunch hit a three and Ziegler followed with a two. Union extended the lead to 34-27 and never looked back.

Union led 45-31 at the half and 69-46 after three quarters.

The Wildcats held on through a long fourth quarter to pick up the win.

“Having a young crew like this, I was really pleased to see them get excited about doing something like they did,” Simmons said.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

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

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

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 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    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

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

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 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

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

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

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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