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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 12:45 pm

With the game on the line, the Republic Tigers turned to Cody Geiger.

Geiger, a 6-3 junior forward, netted 11 points in the fourth quarter and eight in a row to lift the Tigers over Borgia Saturday at Drury University in Springfield, 46-33.

“They really do have a good team,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “I’m going to give them all the credit in the world. They made sure they got good shots. They shot the ball extremely well. They had a really high percentage in the game and were very patient on offense.”

Borgia ended the season at 20-9 while Republic (26-4) will play Liberty North (22-5) in the Class 4 semifinals Thursday in Columbia. The game starts at 5:10 p.m.

“I’m just very pleased with our kids’ effort and the way they withstood their run at the end and were able to get the win,” said Republic Head Coach Trevyor Fisher.

Playing in the O’Reilly Event Center, the Knights had fought back from a deficit to cut Republic’s lead to one point after three quarters, 29-28.

And Borgia had chances to take the lead late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter.

But Republic was able to add to the lead and was up by four points with less than five minutes left in the game when Geiger took over.

“He was active there in the middle,” Fisher said. “He does a good job attacking the rim. He’s got a knack for the ball. He’s done that all year for us. I’m probably more proud of what he did on the defensive end. He did a good job of guarding his guy and getting some easy rebounds. I was very proud of the way he played.”

Neier agreed that was the game’s key run.

“Geiger took control,” Neier said. “When he caught the ball in the middle, we had trouble stopping him. He’s a finisher. He catches the ball, takes it to the bucket, puts it in, and helps them extend their lead. He took things over and made it tough for us.”

Geiger scored four baskets in a row to build what had been a four-point lead up to 11 before Borgia senior Jordan Miller broke the run with an outside shot. But by then, the damage had been done.

Any thought of a Borgia counterattack was met with the Tigers pushing the ball inside to Geiger, who drove to the basket with authority and finished. Geiger’s three-point play (basket and free throw) with 1:12 to play gave Republic an 11-point lead and all but sealed the outcome.

Borgia scored the game’s first basket, but trailed for most of the contest. Miller hit a three-point basket to give the large Borgia traveling group something to cheer about. Republic countered with the next five points before senior John Baumstark finished a play after Miller stole the ball.

The game was tied again at 7-7 when junior Zac Schweissguth scored.

But Republic found the net more often to lead 13-7 after one quarter and 25-18 at the intermission.

The lead could have been bigger, but Baumstark started and finished a basket to give Borgia momentum going to the break. Baumstark made a steal and passed the ball. The initial shot was missed, but Baumstark got the rebound and put the ball back up and in just prior to the end of the half.

Miller hit a three to start the third quarter and senior Casey Kuchem scored off a steal to cut it to two points.

Republic answered with a basket by senior Tyler Abney, which he tossed at the basket from a close awkward angle and it went in.

The Tigers built the lead back to six points before Borgia surged again. The Knights got five points in a row from Schweissguth to cut the deficit to one point, 29-28, with 1:08 left in the quarter.

The Knights had chances, both close and on long shots, to take the lead, but couldn’t and Republic led 29-28 after three quarters.

“We came out and played with some energy to try to get back into the ballgame,” Neier said. “We put more pressure on them. We got a couple of steals and forced them into mistakes. We got a couple of easy buckets on layups and put shots in. We got the momentum going in our direction.”

Fisher said his team forgot how to play for a little bit.

“No doubt about it, we just went brain-dead for five or six minutes and had too many turnovers,” Fisher said. “We allowed them to get some easy baskets. The last four or five minutes, we really took good care of the ball and we hit enough free throws down the stretch.”

Neier said he knows what Republic was facing in that third quarter.

“When you have a lead in the second half with a chance to go to Columbia, you want to do everything you can to hold onto it instead of going out to win the game,” Neier said. “That’s what they did in the fourth quarter. They went out to win the game in the fourth quarter.”

The game had slowed down early in the fourth quarter with Republic leading, 31-29, when Geiger took over.

“But, in the fourth quarter, they went out to win the ballgame and played very smart,” Neier said. “They still hit that great percentage. We started to get into a little bit of a hurry when we got down. We made turnovers which played right into their hands.”

Republic had an easier time finding the cylinder than the Knights. For the game, Republic went 18-26 from the field while hitting three of the four three-point baskets. The Tigers were 7-10 from the free-throw line.

“Any time you can shoot 18-26, you’re going to have a great chance to win,” Fisher said.

Borgia hit 14 of 43 chances from the field while going 3-16 from beyond the arc. The Knights were 2-5 from the free-throw line.

“If we would have shot the ball well, we would have been right there in the ballgame,” Neier said. “We had an opportunity. We missed some easy shots, missed some layups at the basket and missed some wide-open threes we usually hit a good percentage of. We couldn’t quite get going.”

Schweissguth led the Knights in scoring with 12 points. He was 5-10 from the floor while hitting his only three-point attempt and his only free throw. He added two steals, one assist and one rebound.

Miller concluded with eight points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Baumstark chipped in with six points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

Junior Joe Helfrich scored four points with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Kuchem closed with three points, two rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal. He fouled out with 31.1 seconds left in the game, the same time Neier withdrew his starters.

Borgia had no bench points. Senior River Filla and junior Kevin Birk each had one rebound.

Also playing were juniors Tyler Breckenkamp, Parker DuMontier, Collin Mantle and Adam Meyer and sophomore Alex Moss.

“You’re always disappointed losing your last game,” Neier said. “These guys came a long way. At one time, we were 6-6 and we started to change things around a little bit and started to play tougher defense. We got a little more patient on offense and started getting some victories. We made a run here at the end of the season where we won our district, beat a great Hillcrest team in the sectional and had our chances in this game.”

Geiger led Republic in scoring with 17 points. He added two rebounds. Geiger was 8-10 from the field and 1-1 from the free-throw line.

From there, Jacob Fletcher was next with seven points, five assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Marcus Miller concluded the game with six points, two blocked shots and one assist.

Dylan Bekemeier scored five points while adding three assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Canyon Smith came off the bench to score five points with three rebounds and an assist.

Abney scored four points off the bench with two rebounds and a steal.

Grant Hancock added two points, three rebounds and a blocked shot.

Other Tigers playing were Chase Hoffman, Dakota Fortner, Derric Mertes, Brock Yocum (one rebound) and Dillen Ramsey.

/sports

Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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