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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 4:30 pm

ROLLA — Rallying from a nine-point second quarter deficit, the Borgia basketball Knights persevered to defeat Marshfield Wednesday in MSHSAA Class 4 sectional action, 64-59.

Borgia (19-8) will take on Republic (23-4) Saturday in Class 4 quarterfinal action at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. It’s a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal round, won by Republic, which went on to win the state championship.

In Wednesday’s game, Marshfield (16-13) went on an 11-point run to take a 29-20 advantage with 3:46 to play in the half. The teams had been tied after one quarter, 18-18, and Borgia netted the first basket of the quarter, but Marshfield exploded to take a big lead.

Borgia fought back and nibbled into the lead, cutting it to 31-28 at the intermission.

“That stretch at the end of the second quarter was huge,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “It went from a nine-point lead to a three-point lead at the half. That was so important to get us back into the ballgame. That gave us the opportunity that if we could get a few stops or steals, we could get back into the ballgame.”

Senior Zac Schweissguth was Borgia’s go-to player during the second quarter. He scored five of Borgia’s 10 points in the period and ended the game by leading all scorers with 25 points.

“Zac had a tremendous game,” Neier said. “He’s just making good decisions. He’s playing his best basketball of the season right now.”

Schweissguth said he tried to attack the basket.

“I just stayed aggressive,” Schweissguth said. “I just got the ball and I pushed it up and got layups.”

Schweissguth indicated the Knights stayed calm despite trailing at the half.

“We never doubted ourselves,” Schweissguth said. “We were down at the half in our district championship game. We knew if we kept playing hard and hit some shots, we could get the lead.”

Borgia made key adjustments at the break. Marshfield sophomore Wyatt Findley scored 15 points in the first half, but managed only three in the second to close with 18 for the game.

Borgia employed a stifling press to take the lead.

“That was a big thing,” Neier said. “We were able to get those easy buckets. We had to get some pressure on them in some way. They were hitting everything. We tried to change defenses and feel out ways to guard them. We rotated players based upon the defense we were going to run. I think our kids did a great job when they rotated in.”

After a basket from sophomore Luke DeLine, the Knights stole the ball twice on inbounds passes and Schweissguth finished.

“You knew the way they shot the ball in the first half that it was going to be tough to beat them,” Neier said. “We just thought we had to get some deflections, some steals and a few easy baskets. We were able to do that. Adam Meyer got a couple of deflections and we got three easy baskets in a row. That put a little bit of pressure on them and made it a little tougher.”

Schweissguth agreed.

“Adam Meyer did a fantastic job up top,” Schweissguth said. “He had three steals at the beginning of the second half and got me layups. It was a great team effort.”

Sophomore Walton Eckelkamp, who scored 15 points for the game, was another Borgia standout in the third quarter. He scored seven points to place second by one point to Schweissguth in the period.

Eckelkamp gave Borgia an early lift, too, converting on a three-point play which started with an alley-oop dunk.

“This feels great,” Eckelkamp said. “I think it feels better than the district tournament. We did a good job passing and getting the ball to the open players.”

Meanwhile, Marshfield adapted its game and looked to feed the ball inside to junior Lukas Clift, who scored eight points in the third quarter and another 11 in the fourth. He led Marshfield in scoring for the game with 24 points.

“When they took the lead, we were trying to double on Clift and that left the shooters wide open,” Neier said. “In the second half, we tried to stay spread out more. Clift was a load. Inside, he was really tough to guard. He did a great job for them.”

DeLine said it was a war in the paint.

“They were pretty physical,” said DeLine. “Down low was tough. They were pushing us around.”

Borgia led 48-45 after three quarters and was hanging on by two points in the fourth quarter with 34.2 seconds to play, 59-57.

With an inbounds play from the sideline, Borgia found DeLine streaking to the bucket and he scored a huge layup to make it a four-point game, 61-57.

DeLine then scored again on the fast break, taking a pass from freshman Gus Kleekamp, who had grabbed a rebound, to score. He was fouled as well and hit the free throw to make it 64-57 with 13.7 seconds to play and seal the victory.

“This feels amazing,” DeLine said. “It felt great to get the win in front of this crowd. Gus got me the ball at the end and gave me two nice passes. From there, I just finished. Walt was breaking out, so I thought I would go to the basket since I didn’t see anyone there. He gave me a perfect pass.”

Neier credited Marshfield.

“Marshfield didn’t have any quit in them,” Neier said. “We were fortunate to hit some big shots near the end when it counted. When they tried to put pressure on us, our kids did a good job of looking down the court and got a couple of layups which sealed the game for us.”

DeLine scored eight of his 13 points in the final quarter.

Clift scored Marshfield’s final basket, but by that time, it was just a consolation play as the Knights booked their spot in the state quarterfinals.

Borgia again relied on a group effort and six different players got into the scoring column.

Besides the three in double digits, senior Joe Helfrich scored five points, senior Adam Meyer ended with four points and Kleekamp netted two points.

“Our bench came in and did a great job,” Neier said. “They gave the starters a little bit of rest so that we were playing hard at the end of the game.”

Clift led Marshfield with 24 and Findley added 18. Other Blue Jays in the scoring column were junior Bradey Welsh with nine points, junior Josh Powell with four and seniors Blayne Armstrong and Mathew Clancy with two points apiece.

Limiting Armstrong to two points was another huge achievement for the Knights. Armstrong had scored 34 in Marshfield’s district championship upset of top-seeded Hillcrest.

“Armstrong does it all for them,” Neier said. “He’s a good, solid all-around player.”

Following the lead of the girls, the Marshfield boys nailed seven three-point baskets. Borgia hit four.

Borgia did go 14-18 from two-point range and held the Blue Jays to just 20 shots during the second half.

“It was a great atmosphere,” Neier said. “We had so many kids and fans here supporting us.”

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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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