The seniors came out firing in their last home game.
Four Washington basketball seniors put through a three-point shot in the first quarter to help the Blue Jays (10-15, 2-8) get out to an early lead against Ft. Zumwalt East (13-12, 4-6) Thursday. The Blue Jays won the contest, 48-41.
However, the game was cut short with a somber ending as senior guard Conlan Jarvis came down hard after a shooting foul disrupted his layup with 50 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. After Jarvis received medical attention, play did not resume as Zumwalt East opted to forgo the remaining time and concede the game to Washington.
“I’m real sad to see what happened at the end of the game, but credit Tom Ogle, their coach (for a classy move),” Washington Head Coach Grant Young said. “He also said let’s go ahead and not play it and finish it right where it’s at. I thought that was a great thing for him to do. So, credit him doing that and the officials and us all agreed that was the best thing to do, so it was awesome for him to agree too. ...Medical personnel here did a wonderful job and it was a sad note on the end of senior night, but I was really proud of our kids and how they played with all our seniors getting in at the beginning of the game.”
Jarvis, via Twitter, stated after the game that “all is well,” but alluded to it being his final game.
Early in the contest, Jarvis as well as senior teammates Ty Rinne, Tommy Ruether and Zach Harms found the mark from three-point distance to push the Blue Jays out to a 12-6 lead midway through the first period.
“It was awesome how the kids shared the ball,” Young said. “It’s great seeing them share the ball and be great teammates.”
The Lions responded with a series of their own threes and Zumwalt East got out of the first period with a 15-14 lead.
Washington stepped up the defense in the second quarter, holding the Lions to just three points until the final possession of the first half. With the Blue Jays leading 25-18, Zumwalt East opted to hold for the final possession, running off more than 40 seconds before dropping in the last shot on a runner in the lane in the final seconds. Thus, Washington led 25-20 at halftime.
“The biggest thing is we really guarded well and didn’t let them score after that first quarter,” Young said. “That first quarter they hit four threes and got on a run there. I thought our kids did a good job handling their pressure, moving the basketball around and getting good looks at the basket all game long.”
The Blue Jays pushed the lead up to 10 points, 37-27, at the end of the third quarter.
Jarvis finished the game with 21 points, leading all scorers in the contest.
Cason Suggs also got into double figures with 13 points.
Ryan Hoerstkamp added five points.
Harms, Rinne and Ruether all finished with three points each.
Trevon Payne was the top scorer for Zumwalt East with 11 points.
Bryce Miller was next with nine, all on three-point attempts.
Other Lions scorers included Lucas Staley (eight points), Zach Bonney (seven), Ben Watson (three) and Donovan Shanks (three points).
Zumwalt East won the first meeting between the two teams on their home court, 63-55, on Feb. 7.
Washington begins the postseason Saturday in the Class 5 District 4 Tournament at Francis Howell. The No. 5 Blue Jays tip off against No. 4 Lafayette at 1 p.m.