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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


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

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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