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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:30 pm

Last year, the Borgia Knights tagged McCluer North for its only loss of the season.

McCluer North likely remembered that fact when the two teams met again Saturday in the 60th Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Cola Thanksgiving Tournament third-place game.

The Stars (2-1) coming off of a 56-51 semifinal shock loss to Washington Friday, ran past the Knights (1-2) Saturday, 62-44.

“They are another talented team that will get better as the season goes on,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “They’ve got a 6-6 kid who will become eligible next week. That should help them become a tremendous team.”

Neier said the Stars benefit from their veteran Head Coach Randy Reed.

“Randy does such a tremendous job coaching those kids,” Neier said. “They play within themselves, play hard and shoot well. With more size, they will be unbelievable.”

The loss marked the first time since 1986 that Borgia hadn’t won a trophy from its own tournament. That year, Borgia lost in the Blue Division third-place game to Wright City, 79-65.

As had been the case in Borgia’s other two games, the Knights fell behind early. However, as hadn’t been the case in the other two games, the Knights were unable to come back at any point.

McCluer North ripped out to a 5-0 advantage over the first two minutes of the first quarter before Joe Helfrich countered with a basket.

But that was a brief pause in the McCluer North basket storm. The Stars scored the next 10 points and showed just how explosive they could be.

After one quarter, McCluer North led 16-8. At the intermission, the lead was 33-21 as the Stars were able to respond to the Borgia rallies.

After three quarters, the Stars held a 45-34 advantage.

McCluer North played a nearly flawless game. The Stars got balanced scoring with three players reaching double digits.

Rashad Lindsey, the Stars’ representative on the all-tournament team, netted 19 points while going 6-7 from the free-throw line.

Dorian Holland scored 18 points and also went 6-7 from the free-throw line.

Jordan Boone closed with 10 points.

Demonte Morris ended with six points while Chris Busbee scored five and Alex Blueitt netted four points.

Borgia’s all-tournament representative, senior Casey Kuchem, led the Knights with 12 points.

Junior Tyler Breckenkamp came off the bench to end with seven points.

Senior John Baumstark and sophomore Alex Moss each scored six points.

Senior Jordan Miller ended with four points while juniors Joe Helfrich and Adam Meyer scored four points apiece. Junior Zach Schweissguth netted two points.

Both teams were very accurate at the free-throw line. McCluer North hit 13 of 15 attempts. Borgia went 4-4 from the stripe.

Neier said it was a successful tournament.

Overall, Neier said he feels the Knights learned some valuable lessons which should help later in the season.

“We really were happy to play such good teams in the tournament,” Neier said. “We played three exceptionally fast teams. That should help us get used to playing under that type of pressure. It showed weaknesses and what we need to work on. We were very fortunate to play in a tournament with this caliber of teams.”

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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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