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Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:00 am

It had been a while since we’ve seen the Washington and Borgia rivalry as intense as we saw last Saturday night.

Considering what was on the line, the Gold Division championship of the Turkey Tournament, there was plenty of excitement for the game.

Actually, there could have been absolutely nothing at stake and the gym still would have been full and the anticipation high.

The two schools did not play against each other in varsity boys basketball last season and haven’t met in varsity football for the past few seasons.

As another intense rivalry game, the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn, was just wrapping up in unbelievable fashion, the Blue Jays and Knights were preparing to take the floor before a packed Ray DeGreeff Gymnasium.

In our little world, this was the rivalry game we were most looking forward to.

Heck, we had brothers Adam Meyer (Washington) and Luke Meyer (Borgia) facing off as assistant coaches. Can Alabama and Auburn say that?

“To have this kind of crowd is a benefit for our tournament,” said Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier. “We look at it as a huge plus for both schools and the community.”

It was the first time Washington and Borgia have met in the Turkey Tournament. The two teams usually are separated into different divisions.

“It was a fun atmosphere,” said Washington Head Coach Grant Young. “Coaches, players and fans don’t get too many of those. It was great for the kids to have a chance to experience this.”

Washington senior guard Brad Carpenter, one of the top three-point snipers in the area who already has signed to play golf at Missouri State University, was named the MVP of the Gold Division.

“We didn’t get a chance to play Borgia last year. We wanted that chance, but it didn’t happen. I’m glad we got to play them my senior year,” Carpenter said. “It’s unlike any other high school game. It was an awesome environment. The crowd was electric.”

Indeed it was. Both student sections were out in full force and represented their schools well.

The game was extremely competitive, as everyone expected.

The Knights had the early lead, and led by as many as eight points midway through the third quarter.

But the Blue Jays caught fire, went on a 13-0 run, and held on for the 53-46 win.

Carpenter and fellow senior Ronnie Suggs, a future Missouri Tiger, made some big shots down the stretch.

“It was very exciting. For us not to play them last year, it was a downer because we usually play them at least once a year,” Suggs said. “The last time we played them, we lost by like 30, so I was really anxious to play this game and glad we won.”

Borgia had the advantage for 2 1/2 quarters. Joe Helfrich was a beast on the inside. Walt Eckelkamp made some big shots.

But the Knights went cold in the last 12 minutes.

That’s basketball. It happens.

“We have a lot of work to do, but we showed a lot of promise in a lot of areas. This team showed they’re going to go out and play hard every night,” Neier said. “We know we have to shoot the ball better. That’s something we’ll continue to work on. We had some kids come off the bench and play some great roles for us, so I think we’re going to create some depth as the year goes along.”

While Borgia went cold, Washington got hot.

“Coach told us at halftime that we needed to do a better job on the boards. They were beating us on the offensive glass and the defensive glass,” Carpenter said. “We boxed out better and made some adjustments on defense with guarding some guys. Helfrich was hurting us in the high post. We needed to stop him.”

The Blue Jays are off to a great start under their new coaches, Young and Meyer.

“We love Coach Young and it’s been awesome playing for him so far. He’s a lot more vocal. He gets us ready to go,” Carpenter said.

“Coach (Young) is very loud, way louder than Coach (Chip) Sodemann. He gets his message out. He’s a fun guy,” Suggs added.

“I’m really proud of our kids for playing together early in the season. Learning a new system and being able to shoot well early shows the kids put time in the offseason,” Young said. “Now we need to build off this early success and want more.”

Maybe the Blue Jays and the Knights will play each other again in another tournament this season, or maybe they won’t.

Either way, Saturday night kind of marked the official start of the high school basketball season, and it should be a good one.

Washington and Borgia both will have solid seasons. Pacific is going to be good. Union is better than some of us expected. St. Clair has talent, a very good coach and will only get better.

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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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