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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

Football

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

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

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

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

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

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

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    TBA

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    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

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

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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