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Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 4:00 pm

In the previous 60 years of the St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament, Borgia and Washington had never met in a championship game.

The two teams always were split into separate divisions, making the matchup impossible.

And the Knights and the Blue Jays never hooked up when the tournament had just one division.

That changed this year.

While the tournament went back to two divisions, both teams were placed in the Gold Division and reached the championship game Saturday night.

Washington overcame an eight-point deficit midway through the third quarter to defeat Borgia, 53-46.

“It was a fun atmosphere,” Washington Head Coach Grant Young said. “Coaches, players and fans don’t get too many of those. It was great for the kids to have a chance to experience this and it was a great win for our kids.”

It was Washington’s 12th Turkey Tournament title and is thought to be the first time the Blue Jays have beaten the Knights since the 2007-08 season.

Washington senior guard Brad Carpenter was named the MVP of the Gold Division.

“It feels great to win the MVP, but it feels better to win the game. This is awesome. We’re going to enjoy it. Beating Borgia is a special thing. We don’t get a chance to do it very often,” Carpenter said. “The chance to play in this kind of game is awesome. It’s a great experience. Hopefully it can propel our team forward for the rest of the season.”

Young feels this is the type of win which could propel the Blue Jays to a big season.

“The good thing is that games like this help to prepare you for the postseason when it comes to district time,” Young said. “I thought our kids did great. It was a total team effort. We had to step up to the physicality and box out and do our jobs individual on the defensive end by talking, making sure we were getting our matchups and making sure we were finding our man and boxing out. In the second half, we did.”

Second-Half Surge

The Blue Jays (3-0) outscored the Knights 32-17 over the final 12 minutes of the game, which included a 13-0 run in a span of just over four minutes late in the third quarter and into the fourth.

“Brad and Ronnie (Suggs) both had some very big shots at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth quarter to get us the lead,” Young said. “I really thought that caused Borgia to take some quick shots on offense and they weren’t as patient in their offense. That allowed us to get in the break and extend our lead a little bit.”

The Knights (2-1) led 24-19 at halftime and increased their advantage to 29-21 on a three-pointer by Walt Eckelkamp with 4:37 remaining in the third quarter, but went cold from there.

“We played extremely well in the first half, especially defensively. We just were cold shooting the ball. We got in some foul trouble in the first quarter and were worried about a couple of our players, so we got out of our press for a while,” said Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier. “You have to give credit to their big guns who really carried them. (Ronnie) Suggs and (Brad) Carpenter hit some big shots in the third quarter and going into the fourth quarter to give them the lead. That was hard to overcome.”

For the game, Borgia was 4-26 from three-point range and 18-60 overall from the field.

“You’re not going to win many games when you’re shooting like that,” Neier said. “We could have extended our lead in the first half and maybe put a little more pressure on them.”

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays made some big shots during their second-half run. They finished the game 8-15 from three-point territory.

The third quarter ended with the Blue Jays in the middle of their 13-0 run.

Suggs drilled a three-pointer with three seconds left, increasing Washington’s lead to 36-32.

Carpenter and Suggs both hit three-pointers to start the fourth quarter, making the score 42-32 with 4:50 remaining on the clock.

“Ronnie hit a couple of big threes from the top of the key,” Carpenter said. “That’s Ronnie for you.”

Borgia stopped the bleeding on a three-pointer by Zac Schweissguth to make the score 42-35 with 4:03 left, but the damage had been done.

“You always know that a Borgia team is going to work hard and fight to the end,” Young said. “They’re always going to give you pressure. Our kids turned it over a few times, but I thought over the whole game we handled it well. We really adjusted in the second half to find the gaps in that 1-2-2 in the middle and get Ronnie into the high post to get touches and get to the free-throw line when we needed to do it.”

The Knights got as close as 46-40 on a three-point play by Schweissguth with 1:33 left, but the Blue Jays were able to secure the lead.

“That boost of extending the lead allowed our kids to get more relaxed,” Young said. “We were really tense in the first half. When we weren’t finding shots, we weren’t getting our looks. When we had the lead, we could relax and get the looks we needed.”

Game Summary

Borgia held small leads throughout the first half.

With the Knights holding a 12-8 advantage after one quarter, their biggest lead of the first half was six points and the halftime margin was five.

Borgia center Joe Helfrich made a big difference in the first half with his scoring and rebounding. He suffered a cut to the bridge of his nose just before the half, but came out and played the entire second half with the nose bandaged.

Five points by Eckelkamp gave the Knights the eight-point lead to start the third quarter.

But a pair of three-pointers by Carpenter started Washington’s run.

Crashing the Boards

Rebounding made a big difference for the Blue Jays in the second half.

“Borgia really outworked us on the boards in the first half,” said Young. “That was a big key. We said we had to outwork them on the boards in the second half and only allow them one shot per possession. We could not allow them to score by outworking us on the rebounds. We did that.”

Suggs knew the Blue Jays had to improve.

“We had to be stronger on the boards. I don’t know how many rebounds Joe (Helfrich) got in the first half, but he was really good. We did a better job rebounding in the second half,” Suggs said. “We locked up on Walton better and just played better defense.”

Neier agreed that rebounds were a big part of the game.

“We were controlling the rebounding with Joe Helfrich, Adam Meyer and Kevin Birk. They all came up with some key rebounds,” Neier said. “In the second half, Washington took that away and they ended up getting some key offensive rebounds. Sometimes you worry about losing a game instead of trying to win. We lost that aggressiveness and they picked up on it. They played harder than we did in the second half.”


Carpenter led Washington in the scoring column with 20 points. He nailed four three-pointers and was 6-6 from the free-throw line.

Suggs added 15 points, knocking down three three-pointers.

Patrick Menke finished the game with six points. Mike Morgan added five points.

Jacob Mulkey scored three points. Austin Subke and Trey Walsh both had two points.

“Jacob picked up his third foul late in the second quarter,” Young said. “In the second half, we decided we were going to go with him. As a senior, he’s played a lot of varsity minutes. He did a great job in the second half by keeping composed.”

Carpenter, Suggs and Mulkey were named to the all-tournament team.

“I told Brad to be ready because I was going to drive and they’ll collapse on me, and he was ready,” Suggs said. “Brad deserves the attention he’s getting. He hit eight threes in our last game. When he does that, he deserves it.”

Young hopes the win is a sign of things to come.

“We came into this game and treated it like any other game we’re going to play,” Young said. “Really, to me, how we played in the second half can jolt us up and show us how we can play. Hopefully this will make the kids hungry to want more.”

Eckelkamp paced Borgia with 15 points, three rebounds and two steals. Helfrich added 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Schweissguth collected eight points, four steals and two assists.

Luke Deline registered five points and two steals. Kevin Birk and Adam Meyer both scored four points. Birk added two rebounds.

Helfrich and Schweissguth represented Borgia on the all-tournament team.

“We have a pretty young team. We have some guys who played last year, but we have a lot of new faces, too,” Neier said. “This has to be a great learning tool for us. To have this opportunity to play in such a big game early in the year, it can only make you better.”


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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.


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