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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 5:32 pm | Updated: 9:11 pm, Tue Jan 1, 2013.

By Craig Vonder Haar

Missourian Sports Writer

It was another fast start for Washington during its first-round game against McCluer Wednesday at the Meramec Holiday Tournament.

The fourth-seeded Blue Jays (8-2) jumped to an 18-3 lead after one quarter, and this time, they needed every one of those points to fight off the 13th-seeded Comets at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

Washington hit a dry spell after the first quarter, scoring just 23 points over the final 28 minutes, but still pulled off a 41-38 overtime victory.

“We had a good start. We hit some shots early and then they switched to that zone and we just put the breaks on,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “We missed some shots. It’s the same thing that happened against Zumwalt East (36-33 win). They went to a 1-3-1 zone and we got tight. Guys who normally make shots didn’t make any and then we started pressing a little bit.

“We were lucky to hang on, but in this tournament, I’ll take lucky. We’re moving in the right direction. We have to be better on Friday.”

Washington will play 12th-seeded Marquette (6-2) in the tournament quarterfinals Friday at 4 p.m. The Mustangs knocked off fifth-seeded Vianney Wednesday in the opening round, 52-49.

“It will be a tough match,” Sodemann said. “We’ll figure out what they do and go from there.”

The Washington-Marquette winner advances to the tournament semifinals against the CBC-Webster Groves winner Saturday at 7 p.m. The quarterfinal loser will play Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The complete tournament schedule can be found online at www.emissourian.com.

Ronnie Suggs led Washington in the scoring column with 14 points, 12 in the first half, to go with three rebounds and two steals.

Luke Schroepfer finished the game with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Brad Carpenter added eight points.

Jared Walde collected six points, 10 rebounds and two assists.

Jacob Mulkey scored one point. Luke Hasenjaeger, Austin Subke and Cory Epperson also played.

McCluer (0-6) was led by 6-1 guard Andrew Weaver, who scored 11 points. Chauncey Turner, a 6-0 guard, added 10 points.

Washington held the lead over McCluer throughout the first three quarters.

Both teams held slim leads during the fourth quarter.

The Comets led 33-31 with 34 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

With time running down, the Blue Jays missed an outside shot, but Suggs grabbed the offensive rebound and scored to tie the game 33-33 with 11 seconds left to play.

Without calling a timeout, the Comets quickly pushed the ball to the other end and missed a contested 15-foot jump shot as time ran out, sending the game to overtime.

The Blue Jays felt good about going to overtime.

“It was kind of like a breath of fresh air, a new life,” Sodemann said. “We put four minutes on the clock in practice a lot and play four-minute games. It worked out well. We came out on the right side.”

Both teams hit three-pointers early in overtime to keep the game tied, 36-36.

Washington scored its final five points from the free-throw line, three by Schroepfer and two by Walde. Schroepfer scored six of the Blue Jays’ eight points in overtime.

McCluer’s Shacquille Edwards had an open three-point shot as time ran out in overtime, but the ball rimmed in and out, giving Washington the win.

In the end, it was Washington’s defense that was the difference in the victory.

“If you’re not shooting well, your defense is what keeps you in the game. We had some big stops and rebounds,” Sodemann said. “They had some silly turnovers that I’m sure they’d like to have back, but that’s part of the game.”

The Blue Jays jumped to a 14-1 lead in the first six minutes and led 18-3 after one quarter.

“In years past, we haven’t started games so hot, so it’s nice to have some good starts this season,” Sodemann said. “We just have to figure out a way to put four good quarters together. We have to learn how to handle the basketball, keep attacking and take good shots.”

McCluer chipped away in the second and third quarters, making the score 22-14 at halftime and tied the game 26-26 after three quarters.

The Comets’ ability to slow down the Blue Jays with their zone defense allowed them to get back into the game.

“That’s the purpose of a 1-3-1, to get you out of your rhythm and to get you standing around. Coach (Brent) Rueter is a good coach. He coached at Lutheran North for a long time and won a lot of games. He definitely saw something in us to make the switch to the zone,” Sodemann said. “We made a couple of big plays. Ronnie got a big rebound at the end to tie it. Walde and Schroepfer both hit a couple of free throws. That’s what it takes to win games.”


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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.


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