Pacific won the championship Saturday at the New Haven Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament.
The Indians (5-0) defeated Washington for the championship, 35-25.
“After a long week of basketball, I asked our kids for one more night. Forget about this being your fifth game in six days and play defense for 28 minutes,” said Pacific Coach Scott Brown. “They really responded, holding a good Washington team to 25 points.”
Brendan Jett-Kell led the Indians with 12 points. Logan Armstrong scored 10 points. Duane Singleton added eight points. Zach Kraus had four points.
Patrick Menke paced Washington with eight points. Cole Schroepfer, Christian Hardesty and Austin Subke each scored four points.
“Defensively, we only gave up 35 points, so I can’t complain too much. We defended penetration well most of the night,” said Washington Coach Josh Hall. “We did struggle on a few possessions with missed assignments. In the fourth quarter, their penetration exposed our inability to rotate properly on the help side. I thought both teams played extremely hard.”
The two teams meet again Friday at Pacific.
“We’ve had some great battles with Washington over the last few years. It’s become even more of a rivalry,” Brown said. “Our kids know one another and are familiar with what each team tries to accomplish on offense. Coach Hall does a great job. The Blue Jays run a quality program.”
• St. James topped Sullivan for third place, 48-37.
• New Haven defeated Union for the consolation title, 50-35.
In first-round games, St. James defeated Hermann, 66-13, Washington topped New Haven, 46-38, Pacific won over Owensville, 56-13, and Sullivan beat Union, 44-24.
In the championship semifinals, Washington beat St. James, 48-27, and Pacific topped Sullivan, 41-36.
In the consolation semifinals, New Haven beat Hermann, 48-12, and Union defeated Owensville, 42-26.