The Blue Jays started off the new year with a new win.
Washington boys basketball improved to 2-8 on the season with a 60-51 win on the road at Hermann (8-3) Thursday.
The teams were tied at 14-14 after one quarter before Washington clamped down defensively and held the Bearcats to just six points in the second quarter. The Blue Jays led, 31-20, at the half and 43-32 after three quarters.
“Our intensity level on half-court defense with our man-to-man was great and then we did a great job funnel-wise, getting into their passing lanes with our one-three-one funnel,” Washington Head Coach Grant Young said. “They’re a good team and I was really proud of our kids. We needed to get a win and get some confidence because we’re playing a lot of good teams to the last seconds of the game and we finally did what we needed to and put four quarters together.”
A quartet of Washington players reached double-digit scoring in the contest, led by 16 points from Ryan Hoerstkamp.
Jeremiah Broadbent netted 13 points and Alec Brinkmann and Rett Corley each scored 10.
“We didn’t have anybody averaging in double figures for us (on the season) and we had four guys get into double figures,” Young said. “We knew that they were going to run and jump us and they did. They’re a really good defensive run and jump team.”
Brigham Broadbent and Zach Coulter scored four points each. Colton Souders added two points and Jason Sides scored one.
For Hermann, Trent Anderson netted a game high 19 points.
Rhet Scheidegger was next for the Bearcats with 18 points.
Other Hermann scorers included Chet Moeckli (nine points), Chase McKague (three) and Carter Hemeyer (two).
Washington concludes the week at home against Pacific Friday at 7 p.m. The Washington Tournament begins next week where the Blue Jays will play Sullivan in the first round Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.