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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

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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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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