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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 8:00 pm

For the Borgia Knights, it was worth the wait.

Borgia achieved two milestones Friday night in a 46-37 win over St. Dominic Friday in the Ray DeGreeff Memorial Gymnasium.

The Knights (2-2, 1-0) won their first-ever Archdiocesan Athletic Association contest and gave Head Coach Dave Neier his 600th career victory.

While Neier likes to emphasize team achievement and the contributions of all, the massive student fan section honored Neier with 600-win signs.

“It’s not 600 wins, it’s all the people dedicated to this program throughout the years all the way up to tonight probably starting with Coach (Ray) DeGreeff and before him Coach (Seb) Nowicki,” Neier said.

“Coach DeGreeff and Coach Nowicki did such a wonderful job getting this program built and Steve Ruether after him,” Neier continued. “There are so many people who should be pointed out. Obviously there are so many people who should be pointed out. My dad (Hans Neier) was a huge influence on me and probably the first one I thought of afterward. My uncle, Jim Voss, coached grade school also. A lot of people influenced me.”

Neier said a lot of the credit has to go to the assistant coaches.

“I have to thank all of the assistant coaches I’ve had through the years,” Neier said. “We’ve had some unbelievable ones. You go all the way to the current staff. Stan Westhoff does a great job with the freshmen. We’ve got two young guys, Luke Meyer and Eric Kimminau, who are starting out this year. You can never leave out Bill Kimminau. Most of these victories probably belong to him as he does such a great job with this program. He’s been with me all but one year. He gets things going in the right way for us and does so many good things for our program.”

Neier said it’s a community effort as well.

“If you look at all of the support we’ve had throughout the years with the fans, our administration and our student body,” Neier said. “If anybody saw the game tonight, they would see how important it is to have that backing. Our kids played with a lot of emotion tonight and a lot of that had to come from the student body. They were loud and they were into the game the whole time. They made it a lot of fun. It was a great high school atmosphere as we played a tremendous team.

The game had the electricity of a playoff contest. It seemed that at least half of Borgia’s students showed up at the game while St. Dominic brought a much smaller, but very vocal, student section as well.

The two sections kept the energy level high during the entire contest.

“It really does mean something when it comes from the students,” Neier said. “It was pretty nice getting that ovation.”

And it marked Borgia’s first-ever AAA contest.

“This is just the first game in the conference,” Neier said. “We’ve got a lot more to go before we can claim anything in the conference. We’ve got to go through them again and we’ve got to play Duchesne. Every team in our conference will go out and play us a tough game. We’ve got to be prepared every time we step onto the court.”

The game got a late start due to St. Dominic’s bus breaking down. The Crusaders were about an hour late arriving at Borgia. Borgia led 12-9 after one quarter.

“St. Dominic had great size and they could shoot the ball outside,” Neier said. “They could play defense. It really was a good win.”

The Knights were able to pull away in the second quarter to go ahead 22-14 at the half.

“We rotated a lot of kids and tried to keep our kids fresh,” Neier said. “When you play that hard, you need a break. The starters did a great job. When kids came off the bench, they contributed. It takes everybody on our team to be a good team. Tonight was a good example that it takes everybody.”

After three quarters, the Knights were up, 28-17. The final score was recorded at 46-37 in the scorebook even though it was shown at 46-38 on the scoreboard.

“We really tried to take away their inside game,” Neier said. “That is a big strength they have. They do have kids who can shoot outside. I was so happy to see our kids go out with emotion and play so hard.”

Borgia outrebounded the Crusaders by a 24-13 margin.

The Knights had two players close out with 12 points apiece.

Senior Casey Kuchem scored 12 points with eight rebounds, four blocked shots, three steals and one assist.

Junior Joe Helfrich scored 12 points while going 4-4 from the free-throw line. For the game, the Knights only attempted five free throws and Helfrich was the only one to convert. He also had four rebounds and two assists.

Seniors John Baumstark and Jordan Miller scored six points apiece.

Baumstark also had four rebounds, all on the offensive end, and two assists. Miller led the team with four assists and tied for the lead with three steals. He also had two rebounds.

Sophomore Alex Moss chipped in with five points and one assist. Junior Tyler Breckenkamp had three points and one rebound.

Junior Adam Meyer closed with two points, four rebounds, two blocked shots, an assist and a steal.

Senior River Filla posted one rebound. Junior Zach Schweissguth added three assists.

Alex Hagen led St. Dominic with 20 points while hitting four three-point baskets.

St. Dominic won the junior varsity contest.

The Knights return to action Friday, hosting Lutheran St. Charles. The tripleheader starts with freshman action at 4 p.m. The varsity game is expected to begin around 6:45 p.m., barring any delays.

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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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