In a game twice delayed by ice and snow, the St. Charles West Warriors started strong and held off a late surge by visiting Washington on Monday, coming away with a 43-40 victory and clinching at least a share of its eighth consecutive Gateway Athletic Conference title.
"It's important because we want to keep the tradition going,'' said West junior standout Christian Kirk, who led the Warriors with 19 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and two blocks against Washington.
West (14-10 overall, 6-0 GAC North) used a 17-0 run to go up 21-6 early in the second quarter, but had some tense moments late as the Blue Jays (16-8, 5-1) rallied.
Senior Jeremy Percy made three of four from 3-point range and chipped in with 10 points for West. Skyler Suggs had 16 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks for Washington.
NEIER SETS BORGIA WINS RECORD
Dave Neier played basketball at Borgia under coach Ray DeGreeff, who won 545 games during his time with the Knights and more than 800 in a career that included coaching in high school and college.
Neier recently claimed his 546th victory as Borgia's coach — against just 125 losses — to establish a new school record for victories.
Neier, who began coaching the Knights in 1987, has won five state championships, including the Class 4 title last season, and undefeated Borgia (23-0) took a 39-game win streak into its game at Westminster on Thursday.
JOHNSON BREAKS WHITFIELD MARK
Whitfield senior forward Julian Johnson returned after missing six games with an ankle injury to break the school's career scoring record in the team's 73-62 win over Gibault on Tuesday.
Johnson has 1,736 points, surpassing the 1,731 points scored by 2002 graduate Dan Oppland.
"Julian has meant more to this program and his teammates than the statistics he puts up," Whitfield coach Mike Potsou said. "He puts others first and always has."
Whitfield will honor Johnson's achievement with a ceremony prior to today's home game against Pattonville. Johnson is averaging 18.2 points per game this season.
Correspondent Nate Latsch contributed to this report.
Post Dispatch boys basketball rankings
1. O'Fallon 23-1
2. Webster Groves 23-2
3. Chaminade 20-5
4. Oakville 21-4
5. McCluer 21-4
6. Hazelwood Central 20-4
7. CBC 18-8
8. Edwardsville 15-7
9. Triad 19-5
10. Cahokia 18-8
Dropped out: Parkway South
On the bubble: Parkway West (17-6), Normandy (15-8), Troy (18-8), Holt (17-7), De Soto (18-7), McCluer North (16-8), Washington (16-8), Collinsville (16-9), Parkway South (17-9), Beaumont (13-7)
1. Borgia 23-0
2. Cardinal Ritter 18-4
3. Breese Central 24-3
4. Soldan 18-4
5. Mater Dei 19-7
6. MICDS 18-5
7. Madison 15-6
8. St. Dominic 16-5
9. Metro East Lutheran 23-7
10. Maplewood 17-7
Dropped out: None
On the bubble: Althoff (17-8), Principia (15-5), Wood River (20-7), Miller Career (16-6), Columbia (20-8), Whitfield (14-10), Brentwood (14-6), Festus (15-7) Clayton (15-8), Wellston (13-8)