Off the court, the annual Borgia Tractor Night has proven to be one of the most fun nights of the season.
However, the fun didn’t necessarily transfer to the court, where the Vianney Griffins defeated Borgia, 74-61 Tuesday.
“I think our kids played hard the whole game,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “Sometimes, I don’t think we played very smart. We didn’t adjust to their offense and we let C.J. Paul control the game at times. We lost track of Paul and Colin Braun, their two main scorers. They did a good job on their offense and you have to give their coaching staff credit to find openings for them.”
Borgia (12-12) was able to stay within a run of getting back into the game, but Vianney was able to secure its lead to pick up the win.
Vianney led 18-15 after the first quarter and 31-22 at the half. It was 54-41 going into the fourth quarter.
“There were times I thought we could have had the ball, but it went off our hands and went out of bounds or it went to them,” said Neier. “We weren’t quite aggressive in grabbing the ball and making it ours. They are a very aggressive and physical team and they get after it.”
The Knights struggled to contain senior forward Paul, who had recently broken the Vianney record for points in a game. Paul netted 34 of the 74 Vianney points against the Knights.
Senior forward Colin Braun was next with 13 points.
“Braun is not just a good scorer inside, but he’s a good passer,” Neier said. “It seemed like he always made the right decision when he got the ball.”
Josh Kleinheider netted 10 points.
Other Vianney scorers were senior Matt Springer with six points, freshman Luke Schueler with five, junior Sam Ederle with four and senior Mikey Bishop with two points.
Vianney knocked down eight three-point baskets, but really did its damage at the free-throw line. There, the Griffins were 18-22 on the night.
“Not that we played terrible, but we played against a good team,” Neier said. “Hopefully we learned something from this. That’s why we play teams like them to hopefully make us better.”
Borgia was paced offensively by senior Jacob Unnerstall, who netted 15 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He also knocked down two of the team’s 12 three-point baskets.
Senior Michael Baylard scored 12 points on four three-point baskets. He also had three assists, a rebound and a steal.
Senior Eli Marquart hit three three-point baskets for his nine points. He also had two steals, one assist and one rebound.
Freshman Max Meyers scored eight points with three assists and a rebound.
Junior Will Elbert came off the bench to score six points and added seven rebounds, four blocked shots and a steal.
Senior Dalton Shust netted five points with three rebounds, an assist, a blocked shot and a steal.
Junior Brendan Smith had four points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and a steal.
Sophomore Trent Strubberg scored two points and added three assists and a steal.
“Even though we were able to shoot the ball well, there were times we came down and shot it quick and didn’t get the shot we necessarily wanted,” Neier said.
Borgia was shorthanded for the game. Senior Hunter Mehler and junior Spencer Hunter were ill and unable to play.