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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 5:45 pm

Borgia wasn’t about to let lightning strike twice in the same situation.

For the second straight season, the third-seeded Knights played sixth-seeded Francis Howell Central in the opening round of the Washington Boys Basketball Tournament.

The Spartans upset Borgia last season, but it didn’t happen again in 2014.

The Knights (8-2) took control of the game late in the second quarter and cruised to a 58-41 win Tuesday at Washington High School.

“We knew they were going to play hard and that we had to match their intensity,” said Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier. “They’re a good team and it took a good effort on our kids’ part. Our kids off the bench came in and played well. A lot of guys did a lot of good things for us.”

Borgia plays second-seeded St. Charles (11-3) Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the championship semifinals.

Top-seeded Washington (8-5) and fourth-seeded Bayless (9-2) meet in the other semifinal contest Friday at 6 p.m.

The third-place and championship games are Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

The Knights defeated St. Charles in last season’s tournament consolation game, 63-61.

“We’re going to have to play well. They can absolutely take a game over with the way they shoot the ball,” Neier said of St. Charles. “They have some offensive firepower with (Casey) Teson and (Chase) Morfeld, and they also have some other kids who can score. They’re one of the top teams in the state in Class 4. It will give us a barometer of where we are and what we need to work on before the end of the year. We have two big challenges ahead of us in this tournament.”

Led by sophomore guard Walton Eckelkamp, Borgia came out flying to start the game.

Eckelkamp scored the Knights’ first 10 points and 17 of their first 19.

For the game, Eckelkamp finished with 20 points, 17 in the first half, shooting 4-7 from three-point range.

“Walton was hot. Our kids were unselfish enough to make sure that he got the ball and smart enough to look for him to get him some shots,” Neier said. “We were very fortunate that he was putting them in because they came back pretty strong in the second quarter and actually got the lead.”

Joe Helfrich finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

Adam Meyer collected eight points, five rebounds and two assists.

Zac Schweissguth had seven points, eight assists and three steals.

“Zac Schweissguth has the quickness and the strength to get the ball to the bucket and put some pressure on the defense,” Neier said.

Kevin Birk pitched in with two points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Clayton Voss netted five points. Tyler Breckenkamp scored three points. Jacob Neier had one point. Spencer Juergens grabbed two rebounds.

“We were able to get the ball inside to Adam Meyer and Joe Helfrich. They were able to get some big buckets,” Neier said. “Kevin Birk does such a great job as a team player. He really talks on defense and helps everybody understand what they’re supposed to be doing and who they’re matching up with.”

Howell Central was led by Marc Crawford, who scored 11 points. Tre Curry added nine points. Allen Erby and Stefon Whitson both scored six.

Borgia held a 16-10 lead after one quarter, but Howell Central responded with an 8-0 run to start the second quarter to grab an 18-16 advantage.

Eckelkamp then hit a three-pointer to put the Knights ahead for good, 19-18.

“We were lucky that Walt was hot at the beginning of the game. They did a good job of getting around us and getting the ball inside early in the game,” Neier said. “It really helped once we figured out what we needed to do defensively.”

Borgia ended the first half with a 15-4 run, capped on a steal and a basket at the buzzer by Birk, to take a 31-22 lead into halftime.

“What a great spurt we made at the end of the half,” Neier said. “We made a couple of free throws and then Kevin stole the in-bound pass and put in a bucket, which gave us a little bit of a cushion.”

St. Charles-FZE

St. Charles (7-5) dominated seventh-seeded Ft. Zumwalt East 77-25 in Tuesday’s other first-round game.

Casey Teson finished with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Pirates.

Sam Kohrs added 16 points and eight rebounds. Rhaheem Alexander scored nine points. Luke Joslin had eight points.

Zumwalt East’s stats were not available at press time.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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