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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013 6:30 pm

It wasn’t pretty.

It was smart.

Ameritime Classic top seed Hazelwood Central rallied past Borgia Wednesday in the semifinals, 32-29, to end Borgia’s five-game winning streak.

“I think it was a great effort by our kids,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “They played hard the whole game.”

Neier indicated that every mistake was amplified in such a tight game.

“We made a few mistakes which really ended up costing us,” Neier said. “Against a team like that, if you take a bad shot or make a turnover, it’s usually a layup at the other end for them because they are so quick and fast. They have great size where they could throw over the top of us. Their guards are very aggressive with the ball. Those few opportunities hurt us. Overall, I thought we played some pretty good ball. We just didn’t hit shots the way we have. We ran plays against them and got open shots. We just couldn’t knock some of them down.”

Parkway West

Borgia (11-7) plays Parkway West (9-8) Friday at 7 p.m. at Missouri Baptist University in the tournament’s third-place game.

Hazelwood Central (14-3) will follow by playing DeSmet (12-5) in the event’s title contest at 8:30 p.m.

“The main thing for us is that we’re playing great competition and good basketball,” Neier said. “We’re giving ourselves the chance to win. We just hope we can keep that up on Friday against a good team. It’s going to be a great contest for us.”

It’s the second year in a row that Borgia and Parkway West have met each other in the final round. Last year, Borgia beat Parkway West, 53-37, to win the seventh-place game.

Parkway West, the event host, will be trying to end the event with a win after falling to DeSmet Wednesday in the other semifinal, 69-43.

The Longhorns were led in scoring by 6-1 junior guard Jake Socha, who scored 13 points, including seven free throws.

Hazelwood Central

Borgia led for much of the game against the Hawks. The Knights led 10-8 after one quarter and 16-13 at the half.

“We did hit some shots,” Neier said. “Having a lead on them at the half was huge. If we could have come out and got hot in the second half it would have been great. We feel we let a great opportunity slip by. We could have had a great upset here if we could have just come out and played a little better and shot a little better in the second half.”

Picked up by a 9-2 run over the last part of the third quarter, Hazelwood Central took a 28-24 lead to the fourth quarter.

And that’s where the strategy came into play.

Hawks Stall Game

Jordan Miller nailed a basket to pull the Knights back to 28-26, but the Hawks went into a stall game with Demetrius Tippett dribbling the ball near the center stripe for over two minutes.

Borgia was reluctant to stretch its defense to force Tippett to make a move. The inactivity prompted fans to try to get things moving by yelling at Tippett, who laughed at some of the barbs.

Hazelwood Central finally put the ball into play with just over three minutes to go and executed a crisp play to produce a layup by Majuan Bates to make it 30-26.

“We were hoping that would be to our benefit because our kids were tired and it gave them a couple of minutes to relax and catch their breath,” Neier said. “We really wanted to get a stop there. They got into their offense and we didn’t do a very good job of getting back into our defense. They attacked the basket and got a layup. We feel at the time if we could have just stopped them there, the game was in our favor. We would have had the momentum if we would have kept them from scoring. Unfortunately, they got to the basket and put us down by four.”

After getting the ball back, the Hawks again used smart strategy to try to keep the ball away from the Knights. This time, Borgia had to resort to foul and finally put the Hawks on the line with 40.1 seconds to play. Tippett hit both free throws to make it 32-26.

Borgia wasn’t finished. Casey Kuchem hit a three-point shot, his third of the game, to pull Borgia back to a one-possession game, 32-29.

And the Knights fouled to gain possession. This time, Hazelwood Central players helped the cause by missing free throws.

But the Hawks weren’t about to let Borgia attempt to tie the game. Twice in the final seven seconds, the Hawks fouled and put Borgia players on the line in the bonus situation. The Hazelwood Central leadership knew that Borgia could not tie the game in that fashion and had confidence in its taller players to rebound any misses.

Neither team hit a free throw in the last 16.6 seconds of the game, going a combined 0-4 to let it end with a 32-29 Hazelwood Central victory.

Kuchem Paces Knights

Kuchem led the Knights in scoring with 11 points and added six rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal. He hit all three of Borgia’s three-point baskets, including two in a row during the first quarter as Borgia built up a 10-5 lead.

“It was great teamwork and great passing,” Neier said. “Casey can do that. We need him to start stepping up and hitting some of those shots.”

John Baumstark scored the first two baskets of the game, including one off a steal, and closed out with six points, seven rebounds and a steal.

“John’s never going to be afraid out there,” Neier said. “He did a great job on the boards for us, especially in the first half. He takes the ball to the basket hard and does a good job of passing the ball. I think he’s a great team player.”

Jordan Miller also ended with six points while adding three assists, three steals and two rebounds.

“Jordan’s been really tough lately,” Neier said. “He’s been shooting the ball very well. He was off a little bit tonight, but they really did a good job defending him. They put a lot of pressure on him and he handled the ball much of the game. He still did a great job of running the offense and helping us get the shots we wanted. The ball just wasn’t going into the basket for us.”

Joe Helfrich, playing against taller players in the paint, scored four points with four rebounds and an assist. One of his baskets came on an open shot away from the basket.

Zach Schweissguth recorded two points, five assists and four rebounds.

Others seeing action were Kevin Birk, Tyler Breckenkamp and Adam Meyer.

The Knights took care of the ball against a quick Hazelwood Central team and turned the ball over nine times.

Borgia went just 2-4 from the free-throw stripe. Hazelwood Central hit six of 10 attempts.

Gooch Leads Hawks

The Hawks were led in scoring by Quaron Gooch, who scored 13 points and hit three long three-point baskets. Gooch scored eight points near the end of the third quarter, including hitting two three-point baskets from well outside the arc, to help the Hawks take the lead for the first time since early in the game.

Bates hit a pair of three-point baskets and closed the contest with eight points.

Demarco Buchanan sank one three-point basket while concluding with six points.

Tippett ended the game with four points, all from the free-throw line.

Jordan Martin scored one point.

The Knights kept Hazelwood Central’s leading scorer, 6-6 forward Marcus Hinton, out of the scoring column. He picked up two early fouls and spent much of the game on the bench with foul trouble. He ended with four infractions.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

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

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

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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