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Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 4:15 pm

It was a matchup many area basketball fans have been waiting for all season.

And it lived up to the hype.

Playing in the championship game of the Class 5 District 10 Boys Basketball Tournament Thursday at Northwest High School, top-seeded Waynesville held off third-seeded Washington in overtime, 60-54.

It was a rematch of last season’s district title game, won by Washington.

“You have to credit our kids for getting to this game. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs against a tough schedule. We peaked at the right time of the year,” said Washington Head Coach Grant Young. “We had some great opportunities to win the game. Waynesville did a great job executing at crucial times. Our seniors have left a good legacy.”

Waynesville (24-2) knew it would have its hands full against a red-hot Blue Jays team.

“I really thought this was going to be a huge hurdle for us to get over. (Ronnie) Suggs, (Brad) Carpenter and the rest of the bunch are really good. Coach Young has done a fantastic job,” said Waynesville Head Coach Chris Pilz. “I told a lot of people that we had the toughest district championship game in the state, trying to get by Washington with the way they were playing.”

Final Minutes

With the score tied 49-49, Washington (16-11) had the ball and called a timeout with 6.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

When play resumed, the Blue Jays got an open three-point look from the corner, but missed, sending the game into overtime.

The key basket of overtime was by Waynesville’s Jaron Alexander, who drilled a three-pointer with 2:58 left to give the Tigers a 54-49 lead.

Washington pulled to within 55-51 on a basket by Suggs with 1:33 left, but got no closer.

“We left everything on the court. We just didn’t get enough breaks go our way,” Young said. “We stuck with the game plan and played together as a team. We had many opportunities to win against a very good team that has the potential to win a state championship. It’s tough for the kids after giving so much heart.”

Scoring

Ronnie Suggs led the way for Washington with 19 points. Brad Carpenter finished with 12 points. Mike Morgan scored nine points.

Patrick Menke netted six points. Jacob Mulkey and Trey Walsh both scored three points. Dane Meyer had two points.

Juwan Morgan, a 6-8 junior forward, and Joe Johnson, a 5-8 sophomore guard, both scored 17 points for Waynesville.

“We missed some shots in the first quarter, but our guys held strong and hit some in the second half,” Pilz said. “There’s no guarantees, but this was a huge hurdle to clear. Sometimes you have to get a little lucky. Hopefully we can go on and play for a while.”

Game Summary

It was another fast start for the Blue Jays, who led 16-9 after one quarter, 31-27 at halftime and 43-41 after three quarters.

With the Tigers’ ability to defend the three-point shot with their length and athletic ability, Washington found other ways to score.

“The good thing is that we only got down 16-7. Last year, we were down 21-2. Some of the guys were talking at halftime about that,” Pilz said. “You have to tip your hat to Washington. I know they’re hurting. We were on the other side last year. I’m proud of our guys. Sometimes when you’re expected to win, it’s harder to do.”

Waynesville plays in the Class 5 sectional round against either Hickman or Jefferson City Wednesday at Camdenton at 7:45 p.m.

“I don’t care who it is. I like our chances. I think Morgan is as good of a player there is in the state,” Pilz said. “I know Tatum (Chaminade’s Jayson Tatum) is good. I know Witt (Hickman’s Jimmy Witt) is good. Suggs is awfully good. But Morgan has to be mentioned with those guys. When you have the best guy on the floor, you have a chance every night.”

Young appreciates the effort his team gave him this season.

“It’s all about what you do in the postseason, and we made it to the district championship game. You always want to go for a conference championship and tournament championships, but the ultimate goal is the postseason. We put ourselves in position to be here, we got here and we had a chance,” Young said. “It’s a good group of kids. I’m glad I got the opportunity to coach these seniors. I appreciate all their hard work and what they’ve done for our program.”

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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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