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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

Normandy vs. Carnahan, 5:30 p.m.

Pacific vs. Rockwood Summit, 7 p.m.

North Tech vs. Union, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North vs. Carnahan, 5 p.m.

CBC vs. Soldan, 6:30 p.m.

Borgia vs. North Tech, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North vs. Normandy, 6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter vs. Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation, noon

Gold Consolation, 1:30 p.m.

Gold Third Place, 3 p.m.

Blue Third Place, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

New Haven at Belle    6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Festus at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

#St. Clair vs. St. Vincent    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

#St. Clair vs. Jefferson    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

#Crystal City Tny    5/6:30/8 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Girls Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Washington 61, St. Clair 49

Saturday, Nov. 29

@Pacific vs. North County    2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

St. Louis Patriettes at Union    7 p.m.

&Pacific vs. Marquette    7 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

&Pacific vs. Ft. Zumwalt West/Rosati-Kain    4/5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

Pacific at Marquette Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wrestling

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Washington at Owensville/Rolla    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Union at Ladue    5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Union, Borgia at Washington    6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington, Pacific at Westminster Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Thursday, Dec. 4

Borgia at Burroughs    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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