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Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:30 pm

Ripping out to an 11-point run in the first quarter, the Miller Career Academy Phoenix ran past the Union Wildcats Saturday, 91-43.

The victory gave the Phoenix (2-2) third place in the 61st St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Boys Basketball Tournament Gold Division over the Wildcats (1-2).

Despite the loss, Union Head Coach Chris Simmons said the team learned some important lessons for later in the season.

“This game was great for us because we played a team with the speed and athleticism that we will not have to play against all year,” Simmons said. “We will, however, play against teams like Sullivan and St. James who will play hard and pressure the entire game. This helped us for those conference games.”

Union was trading baskets with Miller Career early in the game when the Phoenix ratcheted up its press.

That led to steals and easy baskets for the Phoenix while Union struggled to get the ball out of its own end.

The 11-point run helped the Phoenix move from an 8-6 advantage to a 21-6 lead. And Miller Career Academy didn’t stop there. The Phoenix led 30-14 after one quarter, 55-29 at the half and 83-35 after three quarters.

“As hard as it is to see with the scored being so lopsided, we got better Saturday,” Simmons said. “It was very physical which forced us to learn some toughness, mental and physical. It is disappointing to lose, especially that bad, but we learned a lot from that experience and it definitely made us better for the rest of the season.”

If the press defense didn’t finish off the Wildcats, Miller Career Academy’s three-point shooting completed the task. The Phoenix hit 11 three-point baskets in the game and that helped to propel the team to the big win.

Union’s troubles were magnified when junior guard Nick Ziegler, the team’s representative on the all-tournament team, picked up his third foul with 1:42 remaining in the first quarter. He did not return until the third quarter

Ziegler wasn’t the only player to get into serious early foul trouble.

The Phoenix continued to play its aggressive, physical defense and that led to senior Terrance Smith picking up his fourth foul with 4:27 left in the second quarter and senior forward Rashid Bivens following suit with 3:14 left in the half.

Both players fouled out in the third quarter. Bivens exited with 5:30 left in the quarter and Smith followed suit with 2:22 to play in the third quarter.

Senior guard Rashad Jordan led all scorers in the game with 29 points, including five three-point baskets. He added five assists, four steals and three rebounds.

Senior Marcel Lee netted 16 points while hitting three three-point baskets. He also had eight steals, five assists and one rebound.

Senior Rashad McClendon netted 16 points with two three-point baskets, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Junior Louis Clark also recorded double digits in points, scoring 10 in the game. He also had three rebounds.

Also for the Phoenix, Cedric Benbow recorded eight points with three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Bivens and Smith each had four points. Dashan Haynes scored three points with three assists, two steals and a rebound. And Chris Partlow added one point.

Ziegler and senior center Brian Borgmann shared Union’s scoring lead with eight points apiece.

The Wildcats got balanced scoring with nine different players hitting baskets.

Sophomores Dillon Breeden and Nick Kretzler scored five points apiece.

Junior Andrei Ciot netted four points. Freshman Ethan Hughes added three points. Junior Tanner Bunch and senior Trey Fink scored two points apiece.

Overall, Simmons was pleased with the team’s performance in the tournament.

“I was really pleased with the tournament,” Simmons said. “We took a step up in the competition we played this first week compared to last years schedule and we learned a lot from it. We are really young and our youth showed itself a lot this week, but it also put some inexperienced kids in tough situations and allowed them to learn quickly and make them push through mistakes.”

Simmons said a number of players stepped up.

“Brian Borgmann played really well throughout the tournament and I think he is going to have a great year,” Simmons said. “Nick Ziegler also had a good all around tournament and represented out team on the all-tournament team. Kevin Curran really stepped up and had a good tournament as well.”

Simmons also praised the younger players on the team.

“Our younger kids really made some big steps forward which I felt was the most positive thing that came out of this tournament,” Simmons said. “Our jitters should be over with so now we can just go out and compete every day. We have 10 days off until our next game which I am very excited about because we will get ready before we get into conference play. Overall, I was pleased with the week and look forward to the rest of the season with this group of kids.”


Area Scoreboard


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


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.


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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