A furious comeback gave Washington the tournament championship Saturday at the Washington Boys Basketball Tournament.
The top-seeded Blue Jays (13-4) trailed second-seeded Westminster (8-6) by 13 points with 2:25 remaining in the third quarter and by nine points heading into the fourth, but came flying back for a 55-51 victory.
After falling behind 34-21, Washington went on an 18-2 run over the next six minutes to grab a 39-36 lead with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter.
The game was back-and-forth from there down the stretch.
It was 44-44 with 2:16 left to play before the Blue Jays took the lead for good with 1:51 remaining on a three-point play by Ronnie Suggs.
In addition to big baskets by Suggs down the stretch, Luke Schroepfer and Brad Carpenter both hit big three-pointers, Jared Walde had key rebounds and Jacob Mulkey, Luke Hasenjaeger and Schroepfer each made free throws in the final 36 seconds to help seal the win.
Suggs paced the Blue Jays with 17 points. Schroepfer added 15 points.
Washington scored 30 points in the fourth quarter.
In the third-place game, sixth-seeded Francis Howell Central (6-9) defeated fifth-seeded Bayless (9-5), 65-49.
Third-seeded Borgia (8-6) claimed the consolation title with a win over fourth-seeded St . Charles (11-6), 63-61.
Casey Kuchem paced the Knights with 18 points. Jordan Miller added 14 points.
Eighth-seeded St. Clair (4-8) won the seventh-place contest over seventh-seeded Ft. Zumwalt East (4-9), 62-57.
Neyko Dominguez led the Bulldogs with 24 points. Brandon York added 12 points.
Named to the six-player all-tournament team were Washington’s Luke Schroepfer and Ronnie Suggs, Westminster’s Jack Dohr and John Eric Steiner, Howell Central’s Derrick Puni and Bayless’ Patrick Triplett.
Union Girls Tournament
Top-seeded Sullivan won the Union Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday in dramatic fashion.
Trailing by one points, Sierra Pryor hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to give the Lady Eagles (12-0) a 49-48 victory over second-seeded Helias.
In the third-place game, fourth-seeded Borgia (9-4) knocked off sixth-seeded St. Charles West, 48-36.
Fifth-seeded Union (11-4) captured the consolation crown with a win over seventh-seeded Washington (6-6), 44-37.
Lady ’Cats’ senior Rachael Bassett reached 1,000 career points in the game.
Third-seeded Eureka defeated eighth-seeded Madison College Prep in the seventh-place contest.