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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 4:45 pm

Scorching the nets for 91 points, the Union basketball Wildcats bounced back in a huge way Tuesday at the 61st Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament.

Union (1-1) posted a 91-68 victory over the O’Fallon Christian Eagles (0-1).

“The kids played hard,” Union Head Coach Chris Simmons said. “They shot the ball well. It was nice to win in a big way. They clawed early, but we were able to pull away. It was a big win for us.”

Simmons said that playing the night before might have given the Wildcats a slight edge because it erased the first-game jitters.

“With us playing earlier, and not playing as well, we got the jitters out,” Simmons said. “We were able to just come out and play and not worry about messing up. With a lot of young kids, I felt we were hesitant last night. There was a lot less hesitancy tonight.”

Union will play Miller Career Academy for third place Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

“It will be a tough game,” Simmons said. “We’ll play either Borgia, Miller Career or St. Clair and any of those teams will give us a good game.”

Eight different players scored for the Wildcats, but two did most of the damage.

Junior Nick Ziegler had the best game of his career, scoring 39 points. That’s just nine short of the tournament’s single-game scoring record, set by Orchard Farm’s Fred Semke in 1976.

That including going 19-19 from the free-throw line.

“It was a very unselfish night for him,” Simmons said. “He just took what they gave him and it ended up being a really good night for him. He also made a lot of good passes.”

Ziegler’s huge scoring night overshadowed another career effort from junior guard Tanner Bunch, who filled the hoop for 20 points. He hit six three-point baskets in the game.

“Tanner hit some big threes to open it up in the middle,” Simmons said.

Sophomore Dillon Breeden ended with nine points in the contest. Senior center Brian Borgmann scored eight points, but made a strong impression for his defense near the basket.

“Brian, defensively, was a monster in there,” Simmons said. “While he didn’t block a lot of shots, he changed them. We got beat off the dribble, but once they got inside, Brian forced them to change their shots. He was the brick wall behind our defense tonight.”

Junior Kevin Curran chipped also scored nine points. Junior Andrei Ciot netted three points while sophomore Nick Kretzler scored two and junior Austin Moss added one point.

“Ziegler may get a lot of the press, but it was a full team effort tonight,” said Simmons.

O’Fallon Christian was without its top scorer from last season, senior Deantrell Prince, but still found ways to keep up with the Wildcats for much of the contest.

The Eagles used strong outside shooting to make the game one of the highest scoring between two teams in some time.

Sophomore DT Christianson led Christian in scoring with 19 points.

Senior Evan Marcks netted 17 points while senior Jordan Norwine chipped in with 13 points.

Also hitting double digits was senior Jackson Rodgers with 11 points.

Senior Sam Henderson closed with eight points.

The second half turned into a free-throw shooting contest with many fouls. Christian lost Norwine and Henderson down the stretch, which hurt considering the lack of team depth for the night.

Overall, the game moved a quick pace with Christian taking a 21-20 lead at the end of the quarter on a three-point basket by Rodgers.

Union got the ball to Ziegler to take the lead, but Christianson hit a free throw to tie it at 22-22.

After Christianson put the Eagles back on top with a basket, Curran tied it and then hit a three-point shot to give Union the lead once again.

After a Norwine basket, Bunch hit a three and Ziegler followed with a two. Union extended the lead to 34-27 and never looked back.

Union led 45-31 at the half and 69-46 after three quarters.

The Wildcats held on through a long fourth quarter to pick up the win.

“Having a young crew like this, I was really pleased to see them get excited about doing something like they did,” Simmons said.

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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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