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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 5:00 pm

Outscoring Sullivan by a 31-18 margin over the middle two quarters, the Borgia basketball Knights claimed another district title Saturday.

The Knights (19-8) triumphed over the third-seeded Eagles (19-9) by a 50-38 score.

“It was hard fought,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “Sullivan played a heck of a game. We were lucky that we came out and played some pretty good defense. I think we were cold offensively at the beginning.”

As the Class 4 District 9 champion, the Knights now play in a MSHSAA sectional game Wednesday in Rolla. The Knights will take on Springfield Hillcrest Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Missouri S&T in Rolla.

In Saturday’s district championship game, a rematch of last year’s district title contest in Union, the teams came out with a focus on defense. The game was 5-5 after one quarter, a pace both teams felt comfortable with as they have played some low scoring games this season. Borgia tied the score on a three-point shot from reserve sophomore Alex Moss.

However, things picked up in the second quarter. Junior Zac Schweissguth hit the first two baskets for the Knights.

“We had some shots, but couldn’t knock them down,” Neier said. “We were able to hang in there with some good defense until we were able to put some shots in. It was a great team effort. A lot of different guys scored. A lot of guys came off the bench and gave us some great minutes besides what the starters did.”

Leading 9-7, Borgia got another of those contributions off the bench. Junior Tyler Breckenkamp came into the game and got a quick chance to see what he could do. His three-point basket started an 8-2 Borgia run through much of the second quarter.

“A lot of years, we looked to get depth on the bench,” Neier said. “This was pretty intense. Guys wear down a little bit. Sometimes you have to find a guy to go in there and help out. Tyler Breckenkamp went in and hit a big three. Alex Moss went in and hit a big three. There were some big moments in there for those kids. Hopefully that’s something they can build on.”

Also hitting threes in the quarter were senior Jordan Miller and Schweissguth and the Knights took a 20-11 lead to the intermission.

“Zac Schweissguth got hot from the three-point line as he got some open shots,” Neier said. “He also put some big free throws in.”

In the third quarter, Borgia displayed another of its offensive weapons. Senior John Baumstark scored all five of his points to open the third quarter. Baumstark converted on a conventional three-point play and then added another basket.

Borgia went flat offensively as Sullivan found its junior standout, Justin Biermann, to lead Sullivan’s comeback attempt. After sophomore Michael McDermott hit a three for the Eagles, the lead was cut down to four points, 25-21.

That’s where Schweissguth picked up things again. He hit a three and senior Casey Kuchem followed up with another three-point basket as the Knights extended the lead to double digits.

Miller scored off a rebound and Kuchem hit another three-point basket to give Borgia a 36-21 advantage.

“Casey Kuchem hit a couple of big threes and helped us extend the lead,” Neier said. “It seems that every time they got a run that they got close, we were able to answer. They battled the whole game. They have a very good team with a lot of weapons. That makes it scary. Defensively, we moved around pretty well and kept them in check for the most part.”

Biermann hit a pair of free throws for Sullivan to cut it to 36-23 after three quarters.

Kuchem came up with another three-point shot to start the fourth quarter. Borgia led by as much as 41-25 before the Eagles were able to rally late in the game.

But in the end, Borgia’s advantage proved to be too great for Sullivan to overcome.

Borgia hit eight three-point baskets in the game with five different players scoring. That helped the Knights remain a couple of steps ahead of Sullivan through much of the contest.

Schweissguth led the Knights in scoring with 17 points while adding six assists and three rebounds. He hit both of the three-point baskets he attempted and was 5-6 from the free-throw line.

“I guess they scouted me as a driver,” Schweissguth said. “Sullivan was leaving me open, so I just shot it and they went in.”

Kuchem was next with 15 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.

“When we came out, they guarded me so tight that I thought it was going to be a long game,” Kuchem said. “They started to let up a little bit because we were getting other people to score. That’s when I took advantage of it.”

Miller netted seven points with five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Baumstark scored five points with four rebounds.

Breckenkamp and Moss scored three points apiece.

A number of others didn’t score, but made key contributions.

Senior River Filla earned a starting spot and contributed two rebounds and an assist while playing strong defense.

Junior Kevin Birk saw significant playing time with four rebounds and an assist.

Junior Adam Meyer also played.

“Those guys play tenacious defense,” Neier said. “That’s what we look for to play hard and to go out and give us a chance.”

Biermann led the Eagles with 18 points, including 16 in the second half.

Senior Adam Weiland scored seven points.

Senior JC Beckett ended with five points.

McDermott and senior Joey Lochner scored three points apiece.

Junior Chris Erxleben scored two points.

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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 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.

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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