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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 8:30 pm

In a showdown of two of the area’s top Class 4 basketball teams, host Borgia held off Pacific Tuesday, 60-45.

The atmosphere at the Ray DeGreeff Memorial Gymnasium had all of the energy of a playoff contest with both schools bringing large student cheering sections, which kept the gym loud all night long.

“What an atmosphere!” exclaimed Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier. “Pacific brought a huge crowd. That makes it just a lot of fun. One of the referees commented that this was like the old days when the gyms were packed every game and kids really supported their schools. We’ve always had great support. Tonight was a great atmosphere for high school basketball.”

Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer lauded the crowd.

“Our student section (the 6th Man) was great,” VanLeer said. “It was a great atmosphere to play in.”

Neier said Borgia always has strong support.

“Our kids do a great job following us and it makes it more fun for everybody, especially our players,” Neier said. “They were excited going into the game. Having a good performance made it special for them.”

With such a charged atmosphere, both teams stepped up, but in the end, the Knights (9-6) were able to hold off Pacific (9-6).

“Obviously they are a very talented team,” Neier said about the Indians.

It’s possible that the teams could meet again in the Class 4 District 9 Tournament in Pacific. Those teams will be there along with Owensville, St. Clair, Sullivan and Union.

“We made way too many turnovers to have a chance in a game against a quality opponent like Borgia,” VanLeer said. “Our defensive intensity, positioning and communication were awful! We played unconfident on the offensive end of the floor.”

Borgia received key defensive plays and clutch shooting which helped the Knights build up an advantage and hold on when Pacific surged back late in the game.

Borgia blocked nine shots and added 12 steals. The Knights hit seven three-point baskets.

“I think we hustled tonight and played hard,” Neier said. “Even when we made some mistakes defensively, we were able to make up for it with deflections, get back into play or get a big rebound. Offensively, I thought we did a good job pushing the ball up the court and getting open shots. When you have a couple of guys shooting the ball good, that makes a difference, too.”

Pacific took advantage of 13 Borgia turnovers and hit four three-point baskets of its own.

Borgia led 14-11 after one quarter and 26-18 at the intermission. The Knights got a pair of three-point baskets near the end of the third quarter to take a 42-29 advantage heading into the final quarter. Pacific made a run, but couldn’t get close enough to mount a serious threat.

The Knights had three players reach double digits in scoring.

Senior Jordan Miller led the way with 20 points. He hit four three-point baskets and added five assists, four blocked shots, four rebounds and three steals.

“Jordan had quite a game,” Neier said.

Junior Zach Schweissguth had a huge game with 19 points. He was able to hit outside shots with one three-point basket, drive to the basket (6-8 from the field) and convert free throws when fouled (6-8 from the free-throw line). He added three assists, three steals and a rebound.

“Look at what Zach Schweissguth did,” Neier said. “He was going to the basket and putting free throws in late to help us keep the lead. It didn’t let them get back into the game at the end.”

Senior Casey Kuchem netted 12 points while adding four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.

Senior John Baumstark scored seven points with four rebounds and four steals before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Junior Joe Helfrich scored two points with six rebounds, three blocked shots, an assist and a rebound.

Junior Kevin Birk pulled own three rebounds and added an assist.

Senior River Filla had one rebound.

Junior Adam Meyer contributed two rebounds.

Borgia struggled at the free-throw line, hitting just seven of 16 attempts from the stripe. That helped Pacific rally late in the game.

The Indians were led by sophomore Cullen VanLeer, who scored 13 points in the game. He netted 11 of those points in the second half and seven in the fourth quarter.

“You start with Cullen VanLeer, that’s where the biggest part of your defensive attention is,” Neier said. “Tonight, they proved they have other kids who can score. They’ve got some shooters on their team who can present a lot of problems.”

Senior Zeth Boyer scored 10 points and received praise for his work around the glass and at the free-throw line.

“Zeth Boyer had a good night from the free-throw line and rebounding,” VanLeer said.

Sophomore Noah Boyer scored seven points in the game with five coming in the first quarter.

Junior Jeff Hinkle scored four of his five points in the third quarter.

Junior Logan Armstrong netted four points.

Junior Tanner Brown and senior Brendan Jett-Kell scored three points apiece.

“We got a lot of things to fix and we will get them fixed,” VanLeer said.

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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

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, 5:30 p.m.

McCluer North vs. Carnahan, 7 p.m.

CBC vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Soldan vs. Washington, 6 p.m.

Borgia vs. Union, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Normandy vs. Carnahan, 5:30 p.m.

Pacific vs. Rockwood Summit, 7 p.m.

North Tech vs. Union, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27

CBC vs. Soldan, 6 p.m.

Borgia vs. North Tech, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North vs. Normandy, 6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter vs. Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation, noon

Gold Consolation, 1:30 p.m.

Gold Third Place, 3 p.m.

Blue Third Place, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Football

Week 12 Playoff Round 3

Saturday, Nov. 8

Westminster 34, Borgia 7

Lutheran North 48, Hermann 12

Week 11 Playoff Round 2

Friday, Oct. 31

Borgia 50, Union 43

Hermann 34, Brentwood 15

Cardinal Ritter 46, Cuba 28

Week 10 Playoff Round 1

Friday, Oct. 24

Battle 56, Washington 8

Borgia 42, Kennedy 6

Union 55, Pacific 7

Priory 49, Sullivan 17

Salem 50, St. James 27

Southern Boone 40, Owensville 24

Hermann 36, Transportation and Law 6

Moberly 42, Warrenton 0

O'Fallon Christian 50, Wright City 12

Cuba 30, Jefferson 0

Saturday, Oct. 25

Westminster 49, St. Clair 6

Softball

Sectional Games

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Bolivar 17, Sullivan 2

Mexico 5, Warrenton 4

Thursday, Oct. 16

Pacific 12, Rosati-Kain 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Quarterfinal — De Soto 5, Pacific 2

District Tournaments

Softball

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Northwest 11, (5) Rolla 3

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Lafayette 3, Northwest 1

(2) Eureka 4, (3) Washington 0

Monday, Oct. 13

Championship — Eureka 5, Lafayette 0

Class 3 District 3

At Lutheran South

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Affton 3, (5) Bishop DuBourg 2

(3) Pacific 21, (6) Bayless 0

Sunday, Oct. 12

(1) Lutheran South 11, Affton 1

Pacific 1, (2) Notre Dame 0

Championship — Pacific 2, Lutheran South 1

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia 9, (5) Wentzville Liberty 8

(3) Winfield 15, (6) O’Fallon Christian 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Borgia

(1) St. Dominic 12, Borgia 3

(2) Warrenton 11, Winfield 2

Championship — Warrenton 1, St. Dominic 0

Class 3 District 9

At Sullivan

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) St. James 12, (5) Owensville 3

(3) Sullivan 11, (6) St. Clair 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Union High School

St. James 10, (1) Union 5

Sullivan 5 (2) Salem 4 (8 innings)

Championship — Sullivan 11, St. James 6

Class 2 District 10

At New Bloomfield

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) New Bloomfield 5, (5) Belle 0

(3) South Callaway 9, (6) Hermann 0

Saturday, Oct. 11

South Callaway 7, (2) Linn 2

(1) Fatima 6, New Bloomfield 1

Championship — Fatima 7, South Callaway 4

Class 1 District 4

At Community R6, Laddonia

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Wellsville-Middletown 8, (5) New Haven 2

(3) Van-Far 4, (6) Community R6 2

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Clopton 13, Wellsville 0

(2) Silex 10, Van-Far 0

Championship — Silex 3, Clopton 0

Volleyball

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Eureka def. (5) Pacific 25-9, 25-16

(2) Northwest def. (7) Parkway South, 25-18, 25-12

(3) Washington def. (6) Rockwood Summit, 25-21, 25-15

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lafayette def. Eureka, 17-25, 25-14, 25-19

Northwest def. Washington, 25-22, 25-18

Championship — Lafayette def. Northwest, 25-19, 25-20

Class 3 District 8

At Union

Monday, Oct. 20

(5) St. Clair def. (4) Union, 25-20, 25-22

(2) Sullivan def. (7) Salem, 25-7, 25-8

(3) Owensville def. (6) St. James, 14-25, 25-16, 25-19

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Borgia def. St. Clair, 25-10, 25-6

Sullivan def. Owensville, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20

Championship — Borgia def. Sullivan, 25-7, 25-10

Class 2 District 6

At Lutheran St. Charles

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Barat def. (5) Wright City, 25-16, 24-26, 25-22

(2) Hermann def. (7) Bowling Green, 25-12, 25-18

(3) Whitfield def. (6) Montgomery County, 25-23, 25-17

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lutheran St. Charles def. Barat, 25-10, 25-9

Whitfield def. Hermann, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15

Championship — Lutheran St. Charles def. Whitfield, 25-18, 25-14

Class 1 District 9

At Calvary Lutheran, Jefferson City

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Smithton def. (5) Otterville, 25-12, 25-10

(3) Chamois def. (6) Bunceton, 25-23, 25-18

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) New Haven def. Smithton, 25-5, 25-7

(2) Calvary Lutheran def. Chamois, 25-14, 25-11

Thursday, Oct. 23

Championship — New Haven def. Calvary Lutheran, 25-9, 25-16

Sectional Matches Saturday, Oct. 25

Class 3

At Villa Duchesne

Villa Duchesne def. St. Dominic, 25-19, 25-13

Borgia def. Duchesne, 25-16, 25-17

Championship — Villa Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-18, 25-23

Class 1

At New Haven

New Haven def. Liberal, 25-15, 25-17

Green Ridge def. Osceola, 25-19, 25-21

Championship — New Haven def. Green Ridge, 25-16, 25-14

State Matches

Friday, Oct. 31

Class 1 Pool Play

St. Vincent def. New Haven, 25-18, 25-18

New Haven def. Santa Fe, 25-21, 25-23

New Haven splits with Winona, 15-25, 25-19

Saturday, Nov. 1

Third-place match — Santa Fe def. New Haven, 19-25, 25-17, 25-22

Championship match — Winona def. St. Vincent, 22-25, 25-13, 25-20

Boys Soccer

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 8

At Washington

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Timberland 2, (4) Washington 1 (1OT)

(2) Troy 2, (3) Holt 1 (PKs)

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Timberland 1, Troy 0 (2OT)

Class 3 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 27

(2) Rockwood Summit 3, (3) Pacific 1

(1) Webster Groves 7, (4) Windsor 0

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Webster Groves 2, Rockwood Summit 1

Class 3 District 9

At Union

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Camdenton 2, (4) Union 1 (1OT)

(2) Helias 2, (3) Rolla 1

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Helias 1, Camdenton 0

Class 2 District 7

At Winfield

Tuesday, Oct. 28

(1) Borgia 4, (4) Winfield 0

(3) Elsberry 2, (2) O’Fallon Christian 1

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Borgia 3, Elsberry 0

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Sectional — Borgia at Moberly, 6 p.m.

Class 2 District 10

At St. James

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Fatima 3, (4) St. Clair 1

(2) Sullivan 4, (3) St. James 3 (1OT)

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Fatima 4, Sullivan 2

Playoff Soccer

Sectional Round

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Moberly 2, Borgia 1 (PKs)

*Conference Games

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