Going on a 13-point run between the third and fourth quarters, the Washington Blue Jays knocked out crosstown rival Borgia Saturday night to win the 61st Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament Gold Division title, 53-46.
Host Borgia (2-1) led the game 12-8 after the first quarter and 24-19 at the intermission. But Washington (3-0) made key adjustments at the half.
Washington Head Coach Grant Young said he told his team to work harder to limit Borgia to one shot per possession, and the Blue Jays were able to frustrate the Knights offensively in the second half.
Not only that, but Gold Division MVP Brad Carpenter found his shooting touch and combined with Ronnie Suggs to turn the deficit into a 36-32 lead through three quarters.
Borgia continued to fight throughout the game. Borgia center Joe Helfrich 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.
Both schools packed the stands in a display both coaches, Young and Borgia's Dave Neier, noted was an exciting high school atmosphere.
Both coaches also felt that playing in such conditions early in the season will do nothing but help their respective teams later in the season.
The Gold Division championship capped a thrilling day of six games.
In other contests:
A three-point play by Blue Division MVP Rashad Lindsey with 21.4 seconds left in overtime lifted McCluer North over Cardinal Ritter, 72-70.
In the Blue Division third-place game, the Pacific Indians powered past Carnahan, 72-49.
In the Gold Division third-place contest, Miller Career Academy took advantage of a fast start to beat Union, 91-43.
In the Gold Division consolation game, O'Fallon Christian welcomed back Deantrell Prince at the right time to defeat St. Clair, 87-65.
In the Blue Division consolation game, Rockwood Summit defeated Herculaneum, 74-51.
O'Fallon Christian and Rockwood Summit won the sportsmanship awards in their respective divisions.
Complete Turkey Tournament coverage will be in the Wednesday Missourian.