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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 5:45 pm

It appears to be a three-horse race for the GAC Central boys basketball title this season, and Washington is off to an unbeaten start.

The Blue Jays, Ft. Zumwalt North and Ft. Zumwalt South figure to slug it out over the next month for the conference championship.

In the GAC Central, each squad plays the four other teams twice in a home-and-home series.

Washington (10-6, 3-0) knocked off Ft. Zumwalt North Tuesday at home, 62-52.

“It’s always tough playing on the road in the GAC Central, so if we can get these wins early at home, maybe that will give us the confidence that maybe we can squeak one out on the road,” said Washington Head Coach Grant Young. “Zumwalt North and Zumwalt South have been the top two teams and Washington third in the past couple of years. Getting this win will maybe help us get over the hump.”

Ft. Zumwalt North (7-6, 1-1) played without its second-leading scorer, junior guard Zach Glotta, who has a toe injury and was in a walking boot.

“Even if he played, we’ve been keying on two people with our matchup defense,” Young said. “When you have three or four shooters, it’s really tough because you spread your defense out. But you can key on one or two people. We’ve been working on that defensive intensity in practice. We have to keep doing that because that’s what gets us going.”

The Panthers’ leading scorer, senior guard Chaz Glotta, who averages 21 points per game, was held to 10 points against the Blue Jays.

“It’s a great win for the kids. We got the momentum in our favor in the first half. We held Chaz to 10 points, which was great. That was a total team effort,” Young said. “When we guard in our matchup, we’re a great team because our defense leads to our offense. That really sparked us in the first half. We were cautious in the second half with the lead.”

Glotta, who will play at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, surpassed 2,000 career points in the game.

“Not many kids get to the 1,000-point plateau. Getting to 2,000 points is something special,” Young said. “He’s going to be a really good player for Carbondale in college. He’s a really good kid who’s played a lot of basketball.”

Ronnie Suggs led Washington with 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. He was 14-17 from the free-throw line.

Brad Carpenter added 12 points, going 3-6 from three-point range.

Mike Morgan finished with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Jacob Mulkey and Dane Meyer both netted six points. Meyer added five rebounds and Mulkey had four.

Patrick Menke collected three points and four rebounds.

Isaiah West and Austin Subke both scored two points. Subke added eight rebounds. Christian Hardesty had two rebounds.

Ryan Daniel paced the Panthers with 16 points. Kris McCann added 12 points.

“We did it with our team defense, trapping them on ball screens, making them have to give it up and making other people beat us,” Young said. “Keeping the ball out of the best scorers’ hands is what we want to do, especially with how our matchup is designed.”

Leading 11-8 after one quarter, the Blue Jays outscored FZN 20-4 in the second quarter to take a 31-12 advantage into halftime.

Glotta had three fouls in the second quarter and four in the third quarter before fouling out in the fourth.

Trailing 43-25 after three quarters, the Panthers pulled to within 49-38 with 4:52 left, but Glotta fouled out soon after, which ruined any chances of a comeback.

Washington maintained the double-digit lead down the stretch.

“I’m proud of our kids holding them to only 12 points in the first half. That generated a lot of offense,” Young said. “We boxed out and didn’t give them too many extra chances. In the fourth quarter, we gave them some extra chances and they got some open looks.”

The Blue Jays hosted Ft. Zumwalt South (13-2, 2-0) Friday.

“I’m happy with our kids to get to 10 wins at this point in the season. We’ve played a tough schedule,” Young said. “We don’t have any easy ones from here on out. We have to be prepared for every game. We’re starting to see a little more emotion out of the kids. They’re playing with one another. It’s a team effort and they’re sharing the ball. That’s going to make us tough late in the season.”

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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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

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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