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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 6:30 pm

Led by senior standouts Brad Carpenter and Ronnie Suggs, the Washington Blue Jays chartered their spot in the 61st Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament Gold Division championship game Thursday night.

The Blue Jays (2-0) ripped O’Fallon Christian in a pool game, 75-45.

“I thought our kids played well,” Washington Head Coach Grant Young said. “I thought we went on a good run in the second quarter and really came together in the second half. We made the extra pass well, moved the ball and got people open.”

Washington will play crosstown rival Borgia in the championship contest Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

“Every time there is a Borgia-Washington matchup, and it hasn’t been for two years I think, there always is a great game with a lot of fans,” Young said. “It should be a great game Saturday for the championship.”

The Blue Jays had a number of highlights in the game.

Overall, Washington hit 15 three-point baskets in the game with Carpenter netting eight of those.

Carpenter led the Blue Jays in scoring with 26 points, including his eight three-point baskets.

“We want him chucking it from the cheap seats because he’s a great shooter,” Young said. “Maybe he didn’t start out good when he got knocked to the floor, but maybe that’s the spark that got him going and livened him up a little bit. He does a great job finding the open shot and being ready to shoot. They’re very unselfish in finding him for the shot.”

Suggs recorded his 1,000th career points in the game, scoring 22 points. Suggs needed 20 points coming into the game and he surpassed the career milestone with 5:47 to play in the contest. Suggs hit a three-point shot from the corner to go over 1,000 points.

After a brief ceremony, the game resumed.

“He was down to one point,” Young said and we really wanted to get him that so that it wouldn’t hang over him in the championship game at all. Sometimes, when you do that for a player, you get out of rhythm because you’re trying to force it at times. It’s a great honor to have that opportunity. Not many kids can do it. The greatest thing is that all kids know they never would be able to do that without their teammates. It was a great honor for Ronnie to be able to get that on a night early in the season during his senior year.”

Suggs had a slow start to the game, but scored five points in the first quarter and three in the second before finding his stride in the third quarter. Suggs scored nine points in the third quarter, including a slam dunk. He capped the run to the milestone in the final quarter and left after going over the mark.

Not to be lost in the shuffle was a 25-7 Washington run through much of the second quarter. The Blue Jays trailed 18-17 when freshman Trey Walsh hit from just outside the stripe.

Carpenter hit three three-point shots while Suggs, Walsh and Mike Morgan also struck from outside the stripe to turn that one-point deficit into a 42-25 lead at the half.

For the game, Walsh was Washington’s third-leading scorer with nine points. Senior Jacob Mulkey scored seven points, Morgan ended with five, sophomore Isaiah West netted three, senior Austin Subke scored two and senior Patrick Menke had one point.

“Our depth allows us to spread the defense out and help the offense,” Young said. “We still have to get their starters into foul trouble and on the bench.”

O’Fallon Christian played a bit shorthanded for the second game in a row. The Eagles only had seven players at the contest.

Senior Evan Marcks scored the majority of the points for Christian, netting 17 points. He hit five three-point baskets.

“The Marcks kid did a great job in the first half leading his team,” Young said. “We were letting him getting into his comfort zone.”

DT Christianson scored eight points while Sam Henderson and Jackson Rodgers netted six points apiece.

Andrew Stone followed with five points and Jacob Theonen added four.

Jackson Rodgers led the team with seven rebounds and four assists. Henderson had three assists and three steals.

Christian hit seven three-point baskets in the contest.

Even though the Eagles had far fewer players, they were able to stick with Washington through the first quarter, trailing by two points after eight minutes, 14-12.

“We didn’t attack the basket very well in the first half,” Young said. “We need to realize that if we attack and run the offense a little better that the threes will still be there.”

The Eagles took the lead early in the second quarter on a pair of three-point baskets, but Washington put its superior depth to work and found the holes in the Christian defense to run to a 44-25 lead at the half.

From there, Washington never looked back. The Blue Jays were up 65-34 after three quarters and activated the running clock for the final eight minutes.

According to the roster, Christian was missing five players for the game, including regular standouts Deantrell Prince and Jordan Norwine.

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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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