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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.”


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.”


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18


Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.


Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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