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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 3:00 pm

With two teams that focus so much on defense, it wasn’t a big surprise that points were difficult to come by during Tuesday’s boys basketball contest at Washington High School.

The Blue Jays (6-2) snapped Pacific’s six-game winning streak, claiming their fourth consecutive game in the process, in a 51-40 victory over the Indians.

“It was a fun game to be a part of. It was fun for our guys, our fans and everyone on our side,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “It was a highly emotional game. Both teams played their hearts out. I’m glad we got out of there with a win.”

The Indians (6-3) never got on track offensively.

“Our defense, for the most part, was solid all night. They hurt us the most in the second quarter,” said Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer. “We got good shots the whole game. They just weren’t falling.”

Ronnie Suggs led all scorers in the game with 19 points for the Blue Jays.

“Ronnie has been doing a nice job taking what the defense gives him,” Sodemann said. “He was aggressive on the defensive end of the floor. He did a good job shading (Cullen) VanLeer. He really bought into our defensive game plan, just like everyone did.”

Jared Walde scored all 10 of his points in the first half, including eight in the second quarter.

“We expect those kinds of efforts out of Jared and our seniors,” Sodemann said. “That’s how he practices every day, so it’s no surprise. He ran the floor well, rebounded and got some baskets.”

Luke Schroepfer also scored 10 points. He was 6-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Luke Hasenjaeger added six points. Brad Carpenter netted three points. Jacob Mulkey had two points.

“A big difference in the game was Walde in the second quarter. He beat us down the floor and got a couple of offensive put backs,” VanLeer said. “We did a good job defending Schroepfer. He had four points going into the fourth quarter and then hit six free throws.”

Washington’s defensive game plan centered around slowing down Pacific guard Cullen VanLeer.

VanLeer finished with seven points, nine assists and six rebounds.

“We wanted to limit the number of good shots he got and make someone else beat us,” Sodemann said. “We ran guys at him once he crossed half-court because his range is so good. I’ve seen him hit shots from the volleyball line. We wanted to make him give the ball up as quickly as he could.”

Zeth Boyer led the way for Pacific with 14 points and five rebounds.

“Zeth was 7-8 shooting from the field,” VanLeer said. “He had a solid game on both ends of the floor. He more than held his own inside against Walde.”

Tanner Brown finished the game with 11 points.

Brendan Jett-Kell hit two three-pointers and scored six points.

“Tanner played a solid game. He hit some shots and guarded Schroepfer for a majority of the game,” VanLeer said. “Brendan hit two big threes to help us get back in the game in the fourth quarter.”

Jeffrey Hinkle added two points.

“They were doubling and running two defenders at Cullen all night,” VanLeer said. “We struggled shooting the ball. That happens sometimes. It also hurt us having Jeffrey in foul trouble.”

Washington held a 34-21 lead after three quarters after Hasenjaeger drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it a 13-point game.

“That happened because we had a good defensive possession,” Sodemann said. “We forced them into a quick shot and Hasy came down and hit a three-pointer that got the crowd into it and the momentum on our side.”

Pacific responded with a 17-6 run over the first 5 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Jett-Kell gave the Indians a spark with a pair of three-pointers during the run.

A basket by Zeth Boyer cut the Blue Jays lead to 40-38 with 2:38 remaining in the game.

“It was just a matter of time,” Sodemann said. “Pacific is a good team with good shooters. We knew they would start making shots.”

The two-point game didn’t last long as Washington’s Carpenter knocked down a three-pointer, his only basket of the game, to make the score 43-38 with 2:23 left to play.

“Brad hasn’t been at his best over the last couple of games,” Sodemann said. “For him to have the confidence to step up in that situation, that was a gutsy shot.”

The Blue Jays made free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

“We didn’t fold after they made it a two-point game,” Sodemann said. “We kept them at bay for the rest of the game by rebounding on the defensive end and making our free throws.”

Washington also defeated Pacific in the junior varsity contest.

Prior to the varsity game, it was announced that the WHS football stadium will now be known as “Jim Scanlan Stadium.”

Scanlan, former WHS football coach and athletic director, was on hand to be recognized. He was joined by his family and a number of friends, former players and fellow coaches.

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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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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 at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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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