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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 3:00 pm

St. Louis Christian made quite an impression in its first season playing in the St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Cola Thanksgiving Tournament.

The third-seeded Cougars (4-0), a team full of size, speed and athleticism, knocked off fifth-seeded Washington (2-1) in the championship game Saturday night, 61-44.

“There was a lot of good competition here. It’s a great team win for us,” said St. Louis Christian Head Coach Casey Autenrieth. “We were a little worried coming into the tournament. We’re a little young and inexperienced. We haven’t had a lot of practice time together. I was real proud of my guys and the way they came together.”

St. Louis Christian is not a MSHSAA school, but it is a MSHSAA affiliate, the first to ever play in the Turkey Tournament.

Because of their affiliation status, the Cougars are allowed to play against MSHSAA schools.

St. Louis Christian, a program able to bring in players from all over the world, has five players standing between 6-5 and 6-11.

“The size helps. We play against teams from all over the country. Believe it or not, we’re undersized in a lot of those games. We really are,” Autenrieth said. “We stress ball movement, team defense, unselfishness and really stress the team concept.”

Needless to say, the Cougars were a tough matchup for their three tournament opponents, Pacific, Borgia and Washington.

“Especially with no days to prepare, not that a day to prepare would have helped us. You can’t really prepare for being out-jumped and out-athleted,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “It’s tough after an emotional game for us against McCluer North the night before to turn around and play those guys.”

Javier Martinez, a 6-6 senior forward, scored 26 points for the Cougars against Washington and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

Anthony Pratt, a 6-7 sophomore forward, added 15 points and also was named to the all-tournament team.

Ronnie Suggs led the Blue Jays with 22 points, going 8-10 from the free-throw line.

Luke Schroepfer finished the game with 11 points.

Suggs and Schroepfer represented Washington on the all-tournament team.

Brad Carpenter added six points. Cory Epperson scored three points. Jared Walde had two points.

Luke Hasenjaeger, Patrick Menke, Jacob Mulkey, Christian Hardesty and Austin Subke also played.

The championship game never was in doubt. The Cougars jumped to leads of 11-0 and 17-3 before settling for a 19-7 advantage after one quarter.

Washington outscored Christian 13-12 in the second quarter and trailed 31-20 at intermission.

“We dug ourselves a hole that we just couldn’t get out of,” Sodemann said. “I think we took 25 field goals in the first half and 15 of them were threes. If even three or four more of those go down, you’re looking at a different ballgame. Sometimes that’s the way the ball bounces. Our defense, usually what we try to pride ourselves on, was not able to pick us up.”

A basket by Suggs 14 seconds into the third quarter pulled the Jays to within single digits, 31-22, but they got no closer.

The Cougars led 45-26 after three quarters.

Revaun Garaway, Christian’s 5-8 senior point guard, did a solid job distributing the ball to the big weapons, including Martinez, Pratt and 6-11 junior Ikkena Okwarabezi.

Sodemann said playing a team like St. Louis Christrian will only help the Blue Jays.

“I think it was good for us to play a team like that. We know what it’s like to play at that high of a level,” he said. “We can do nothing but learn from it, correct our mistakes and get ready for the next game.”

The Blue Jays will not see another team like St. Louis Christian, not even at the Meramec Tournament in late December.

“I think we can compete for a good seed at Meramec, having beaten McCluer North and Cardinal Ritter,” Sodemann said. “I don’t know if there are any teams quite like (St. Louis Christian) at Meramec.”

Sodemann liked what he saw from the Blue Jays during the tournament.

“We really played well. I was proud of the way we hung in there against Cardinal Ritter and McCluer North when we could have folded a couple of times,” Sodemann said. “Overall, it was a good tournament for us. We were seeded fifth and got second, which is a positive to finish higher than what you were seeded.”

Meanwhile, St. Louis Christian will travel across the Midwest for games this season.

“This year we’ll be in Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois and Kansas,” Autenrieth said. “In two weeks, we head to Wichita, Kan., to play the preseason No. 10 team in the country, Sunrise Christian Academy, out of Wichita. We feel better about that game now that we’ve had three good games here under our belt in a hostile environment.”

So will the Cougars be back for next year’s Turkey Tournament?

“For sure. It’s a great event. I’ve been to tournaments all over the country and this was one of the best I’ve ever been to,” Autenrieth said. “We were thrilled to be a part of it. Borgia hosts a fabulous event. The hospitality was fantastic.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville vs. Northwest    noon

Festus vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Oakville vs. Seckman    3 p.m.

Pacific vs. Carnahan    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Festus-Patriettes loser vs. Mehville-Northwest loser    noon

Pacific-Carnahan loser vs. Oakville-Seckman loser    1:30 p.m.

Festus-Patriettes winner vs. Mehville-Northwest winner    3 p.m.

Pacific-Carnahan winner vs. Oakville-Seckman winner    4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game    3 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt West    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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