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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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