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Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 4:00 pm

As the No. 3 seed for the 36th Annual Meramec Holiday Basketball Tournament, Washington hoped for a better showing during the weeklong showcase.

But an opening round loss to No. 14 Parkway West derailed any hopes of making a run deep in the 16-team tournament at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

Washington (6-4) suffered a 56-41 loss Friday to Parkway West in the first round.

The Blue Jays bounced back Saturday for a 54-39 win over No. 11 Marquette, but were eliminated Sunday with a loss to No. 7 Lafayette, 46-42.

“These games, playing this type of competition, is going to help us down the road,” said Washington Head Coach Grant Young. “It’s not these games in December that matter, it’s the ones in February and March. These games are going to prepare us for that.”

Washington played all three tournament games without senior starting guard Jacob Mulkey, who has missed five straight games with an injured ankle.

The hope is that Mulkey will return for Friday’s home contest against Timberland.

“We’ve missed Mulkey, who’s a big key in our offense,” Young said. “He’s a vocal player. He plays the post when (Austin) Subke comes out. He plays the wing. He plays the guard spot in our matchup. He’s a senior leader who plays with so much patience and confidence. He’s a calming spirit as a senior. The good thing is it’s given our younger players a lot of experience, which is going to help us.”

After starting the season with a 5-0 record, the Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last five games.

“You’re going to have rough spots during the season. It’s how you come back from those rough spots,” Young said. “We had a great start to the year, starting 5-0 with some good wins against good teams. Now we’re in a little bit of a funk. The good thing is we now get some practice time and come back Friday and hopefully get ourselves back in the win column.”

Parkway West

The lower-seeded Longhorns (4-4) pulled off the upset Friday over Washington in the opening round.

“They’ve played against good competition and lost some games early. We played some ugly basketball defensively and offensively,” Young said. “We can’t allow a team to have extra possessions. When you have a defensive stop and you give them an extra chance by giving up an offensive rebound, that’s what killed us.”

Wyatt Yess, a 6-6 freshman forward, scored 27 points, going 13-13 from the free-throw line, to lead the Longhorns.

“He got some offensive rebounds that he took right back up. He’s very lengthy around the basket,” Young said. “That’s where we need to make more solid box outs. You can tell he’s been in the weight room a lot as a freshman coming in. He’s a really smooth player.”

The Blue Jays, who trailed by 15 points late in the third quarter, made the score 47-39 with 7:15 left in the game, but got no closer.

Ronnie Suggs finished the game with 16 points and seven rebounds. Brad Carpenter added 12 points.

Trey Walsh chipped in with four points and three assists. Isaiah West scored three points. Mike Morgan, Patrick Menke and Austin Subke each had two points. Morgan added five rebounds.

Jake Socha added 14 points for Parkway West.

The Longhorns were 17-19 from the foul line. Washington was 13-15 from the free-throw line and 4-18 from three-point range.

“Offensively, we had to do more of what they did to us,” Young said. “We didn’t move the ball as much as we should have. That ball movement will get our shooters open more and open gaps for us to attack the basket.”

Marquette

Washington came back to eliminate Marquette on Saturday.

“We needed a win. That was the biggest thing. When you lose a couple of games in a row, it’s tough. We had to find a way to win, and that’s what we did,” Young said. “We weren’t as sharp. I thought we were sharper (Sunday) playing a really good team. We actually had a size advantage on Marquette. They had more shooters. We had to spread out defensively.”

The Blue Jays held leads of 12-5 after one quarter, 25-21 at halftime and 43-26 after three quarters.

Suggs collected 28 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Morgan added eight points and four rebounds. Carpenter had seven points and two assists.

Walsh finished with six points. West scored three points. Menke had two points and three rebounds. Subke also had three rebounds.

Brooks Gerrity led Marquette (3-4) with nine points.

The Blue Jays were 17-22 from the foul line and 5-16 from three-point territory.

“It was nice to get the win and get that losing streak over with,” Young said. “It gave us some confidence.”

Lafayette

Washington ended the tournament Sunday with the loss to Lafayette.

The Blue Jays held a 39-37 advantage, but a three-pointer by Lafayette’s Nate Messer with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter gave the Lancers the lead for good.

Messer scored 23 points for Lafayette (6-2).

“With about three minutes to go, we had a two-point lead and I talked to my coaching staff about if we wanted to go with our delay game, and we decided no, we wanted one more score,” Young said. “The Messer kid hit some shots late that really hurt us. He got on fire late. We lost him a few times. We helped over too much on the high post when we should have been on him as a shooter. Those are experiences we’ll learn from. We did a good job in the first half of not letting him have many touches.”

Washington had chances down the stretch, but couldn’t pull even.

“We just went stagnant over the last three minutes,” Young said. “We had some really good looks at the basket. I thought our kids executed the plays pretty good when we ran them. We just missed some shots that we needed to go in.”

Suggs paced the Blue Jays with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Morgan added 11 points, three rebounds and three steals.

Carpenter finished with 10 points. Subke and West both scored two points.

Jacob Huxol, Menke and Walsh also played.

Washington was 8-10 from the foul line and 6-20 from three-point territory.

“We had opportunities. Our kids played hard. We executed pretty well defensively. We caused fits with our matchup,” Young said. “We’re undersized every game, but our matchup is keeping us in there because we’re trying to outsmart people with how we’re guarding.”

Washington’s girls and boys host Timberland Friday. The varsity girls game starts at 4 p.m. followed by the varsity boys at 5:30 p.m. The JV games will be played in the little Blue Jay gym.

“I haven’t lost any confidence in our kids, but I think our kids have lost confidence in themselves. They’re searching to find that shot back. It will come,” Young said. “It’s only December. It’s the longest season of any season you play. We have a lot of time left that we’ll be able to make up and get better throughout the rest of the year.”

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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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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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