Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Duchesne Tops Mighty Borgia in Ot Thriller

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Duchesne Tops Mighty Borgia in Ot Thriller

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If it wasn't the biggest victory in Duchesne High basketball history, Tuesday's 64-60 overtime triumph over visting Borgia was right up there.

The defending state champion in Class 3A, Borgia entered the game with a 43-game winning streak, including a 23-0 mark this season.

The Knights are ranked No. 1 in the Post-Dispatch small-school poll and in the statewide rankings.

"Borgia's an excellent basketball team," Duchesne coach Ted Yeater said. "But our guys played great on defense and and we managed to control the tempo of the game. Borgia averages nearly 87 points a game and we held them to 60 - that's pretty good.

"Their players like to get up and down the floor, but we were able to play with a lot of patience and discipline. I really think that was a key."

The Pioneers, who improved to 19-5 with their seventh consecutive victory, led by seven at halftime. But Borgia (23-1) came charging back; the Knights had a nine-point lead in the final quarter.

This time, Duchesne rallied. In overtime, the Pioneers gained the lead and Borgia was forced to foul. Duchesne hit its free throws, coming away with the 64-60 victory."

"It was a great game and the kids were very excited about the win," Yeater said. "You want to be playing your best basketball at this time of year and we seem to be peaking at just the right time."

But the Pioneers' celebration will be a short one; Duchesne plays Friday at St. Charles West and will play in the 3A district at Troy next week.

"We need to stay focused and we have to keep working hard," Yeater said.

Seniors Brett Bredensteiner and Aaron Wilson led the Pioneers against Borgia, scoring 22 and 20 points, respectively. Jeff Rauscher and Josh Goellner added eight points each.

"We really played a smart ballgame," Yeater said.

***** Francis Howell North 79, Eureka 66

Shawn Lynch scored 32 points and Tony Martinez added 22 as the Knights stunned the Wildcats.

Howell North is 12-13 while Eureka fell to 14-9.

The Knights, who led 36-33 by halftime, put the game away with a 21-14 third quarter. …

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