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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:00 pm

Something old, something new.

St. Louis Christian, making its first appearance in the St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Cola Thanksgiving Tournament, made quite an impression at the 60th annual event.

The Cougars won the tournament, defeating Washington in the championship game, 61-44.

St. Louis Christian, the third seed, didn’t have a close game during the event, winning by 11 over Pacific in the first round, by 21 over Borgia in the semifinals and by 17 over Washington in the championship game.

The Cougars also placed two players, including the event MVP, on the all-tournament team.

The team was selected by a panel of media members and basketball experts who rated players in each game. The teams playing in the championship contest received two selections apiece while every other team was represented by one player.

Senior Javier Martinez, a 6-6 senior forward, earned the event MVP award while leading the Cougars to the title. Martinez was a scoring machine, particularly in the first half against Washington as the Cougars took a huge early lead in that contest. He ended the game with 26 points.

Joining Martinez on the all-tournament squad was Christian’s 6-7 sophomore forward Anthony Pratt.

Runner-up Washington placed two players on the all-tournament team as well.

Junior guard Ronnie Suggs, who netted 22 points in the championship game, also had a 36-point effort in Washington’s first-round victory. He averaged 23.3 points per game during the tournament.

Senior forward Luke Schropefer, who averaged 12 points per game in the tournament, was a repeat selection for the all-tournament squad.

“It’s a good honor for them. It’s well deserved. They played well,” Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann said of Suggs and Schroepfer. “It’s a good honor for Washington basketball to have two guys on the all-tournament team. I think that says a lot about our guys. I’m happy for them. I know if given the opportunity, they’d give the credit to their teammates. It’s a well-deserved honors for those guys.”

Each of the remaining teams had one player selected for the 10-player squad.

Representing third-place team McCluer North was junior guard  Rashad Lindsey, who averaged 20 points per game for the Stars. Lindsey is a transfer from MICDS.

Borgia, the fourth-place team, placed senior forward Casey Kuchem on the all-tournament team. Kuchem was Borgia’s leading scorer in the event, averaging 9.7 points per contest.

“Casey played hard all the time,” Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier said. “He was doing his best. He can get hot shooting the ball.”

Consolation winner Cardinal Ritter was represented by junior forward Charles Jones, who ended the tournament at 19.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Sixth-place team Carnahan School of the Future placed senior guard Imani Reid on the all-tournament squad. Reed led the Cougars in scoring at 14.7 points per game while hitting seven three-point baskets during the tournament.

Pacific, the seventh-place winner, was represented by sophomore guard Cullen VanLeer. He was one of the event’s scoring leaders with 21 points per game and 10 three-point baskets. He also had seven rebounds and six assists.

Senior guard Neyko Dominguez was St. Clair’s selection for the tournament.

Dominguez scored 11 points in the seventh-place game against Pacific and 16 against Cardinal Ritter in the consolation semifinals.

Neier also praised the work of Brad Bruns, who is in his first year of being Borgia athletic director and tournament director and at Borgia.

“He did an exceptional job in his first year running the tournament,” Neier said. “It seemed like he was everywhere. We had great crowds through the tournament and a lot of that was through him. He did a sensational job.”

60th AnnualSt. Francis Borgia Pepsi Cola Thanksgiving Tournament

All-Tournament Team

MVP — Javier Martinez, St. Louis Christian

Anthony Pratt, St. Louis Christian

Ronnie Suggs, Washington

Luke Schroepfer, Washington

Rashad Lindsey, McCluer North

Casey Kuchem, Borgia

Charles Jones, Cardinal Ritter

Imani Reid, Carnahan School of the Future

Cullen VanLeer, Pacific

Neyko Dominguez, St. Clair

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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

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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 at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

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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