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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

Football

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

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

Softball

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington 7, Ft. Zumwalt S 2

North County 2, Union 1

Warrenton 16,  St. Clair 0

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

*Duchesne 7, Borgia 3

*Washington 4, Holt 2

*Pacific 15, St. Clair 0

*Owensville 7, New Haven 3

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

*Ft. Zumwalt East 8, Washington 7 (8 innings)

Pacific 11, Hermann 0

Valley Park 11, New Haven 1

Waynesville at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Borgia 16, Rosati-Kain 3

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

*Union 9, Sullivan 1  

Windsor 5, Pacific 3 

St. James at Linn    5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

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

Owensville at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 27

Borgia 9, Clopton 1

Borgia 5, Silex 1

Montgomery County 11, Borgia 5

Owensville at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Borgia 8, Trinity 7

Washington at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Salem 15, St. Clair 0

Sullivan at De Soto    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Wright City    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Borgia at Union    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Rockwood Summit    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

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

Washington def. Montgomery Co., 25-22, 25-14

Borgia def. Pacific, 25-13, 25-14

Washington def. Montgomery Co., 25-8, 25-14

Borgia def. Pacific, 25-13, 25-16

Pacific split with Montgomery Co., 25-9, 24-26

Borgia def. Washington, 25-16, 25-23

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

Hermann def. Owensville 25-19, 25-10

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

Union split with Hermann, 25-22, 12-25

New Haven def. Owensville, 25-9, 25-9

Union def. Owensville, 25-23, 25-22

New Haven def. Hermann, 25-21, 25-15

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Sullivan at Northwest    4:15 p.m.

*Jefferson def. ECC, 25-17, 25-18, 25-19

Thursday, Sept. 25

St. Clair def. Crystal City (Scores Unavailable)

Hermann Tournament

Consolation — Pacific def. Union, 25-20, 24-26, 25-20

Semifinal 1 — Borgia def. Hermann, 25-12, 25-20

Semifinal 2 — New Haven def. Washington, 23-25, 25-22, 26-24

Third-place match — Washington def. Hermann, 25-23, 25-15

Championship match — Borgia def. New Haven, 25-17, 25-23

Friday, Sept. 26

Crosspoint at Mississippi Valley    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

%Northeastern Oklahoma at ECC    10 a.m. (Seed Tournament)

%Longview at ECC    11:30 a.m.

%Cottey at ECC    2:30 p.m.

Owensville at Chamois Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Union at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Lafayette def. Borgia, 25-10, 25-15   

Washington at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair def. Bourbon, 25-12, 25-11

Cuba at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Rolla    5:30 p.m.

ECC at Rend Lake    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Eureka at Washington    5 p.m.

*Union at St. James    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Panthers Home School    5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro 3, Union 1

Washington 0, Bayless 0

Tuesday, Sept. 23

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

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific 1, St. James 0

*Borgia 2, St. Dominic 0

CYC Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Warrenton at Sullivan    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*St. Charles at ECC    4 p.m.

Valley Park at Fulton SA    4:15 p.m.

#Thomas Jefferson at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m. (Pacific)

*Pacific 3, Union 0

Borgia 6, Sullivan 0

CYC Tny    TBA

Friday, Sept. 26

*Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Belle    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Mississippi Valley    4:30 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 27

CYC Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Northwest 2,  Pacific 1

*ECC at St. Louis (Florissant)    4:30 p.m.

*Duchesne 1, Borgia 0

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Fulton SA at John Burroughs JV    4:15 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    5 p.m.

Calvery Lutheran at St. James    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:15 p.m.

Cross Country

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

Wednesday, Sept. 24

GAC Meet — Ft. Zumwalt S 355, Ft. Zumwalt N 414, Holt 439, Washington 460, Wentzville Liberty 474

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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