Seven in a row.
The Sullivan Eagles (10-1) won for the seventh time in a row this season on Tuesday, opening the 48th annual Washington Boys Basketball Tournament with a 56-41 win against the host school in the first round.
Sullivan, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, advanced to a semifinal contest Thursday with St. Dominic while Washington (3-9) dropped into the consolation semifinals against Union.
Sullivan opened the game on a 9-0 run with a trio of three point baskets — one from Cody McKinney and two from Landon Hoffman. The Eagles ended the first quarter with an 18-12 lead.
“Landon got hot for us and Cody hit some early,” Sullivan Head Coach Dino McKinney said. “... When we’re hitting shots like that, we’re pretty tough to defend. Hoffman’s got pretty good range and a couple of those were pretty deep.”
At the half, Sullivan held a 34-22 advantage. Washington made a small dent in that lead in the third quarter, cutting the Blue Jays’ deficit from 12 points to 10 at 47-37.
Hoffman ended up leading all scorers with 26 points and shot 7-15 from three-point range.
“He was hot,” Washington Head Coach Grant Young said. “He hit a shot past the volleyball line tonight and we had hands in his face, even on that one. He’s just a real good player. They’re an experienced team. The first time we played them, we were up one at the half. Tonight, they came out and hit those threes early and went up 9-0, but our kids stayed composed and brought it back to 9-7. We just didn’t have the energy in the second quarter.”
Cody McKinney netted 17 points for the Eagles. Other Sullivan scorers included Austin Lewis (five), Carter Adams (four), Jacob Hatcher (two) and Jacob Rohrer (two).
Connor Vollmer was the top offensive performer for Washington with 10 points.
“This was the first time Connor’s been in double digits,” Young said. “Last time we played (Sullivan), he had a great game. That’s the first three he’s made in a varsity game this year. I’m really proud of his continuing to work and get better, to come off the bench for us even and still be the leading scorer.”
Alec Brinkmann was next for the Jays with eight points. Jason Sides and Colton Souders each added six points. Brigham Broadbent scored five points. Jeremiah Broadbent, Rett Corley and Ryan Hoerstkamp rounded out the scoring with two points each.
The semifinals and consolation semifinals for the tournament were moved up a day from Friday to Thursday in an attempt to circumvent an unfavorable weather forecast Friday evening. Trophy rounds will take place Friday evening, weather permitting, with Saturday serving as a backup date for uncompleted games.