After both teams took one on the chin in the opening round of the Turkey Tournament, one righted the ship.
Washington (1-1) rebounded from its 86-47 loss against eventual tournament champion McCluer North to defeat the St. Louis Blue Knights (0-2), 60-40, in the consolation semifinal Friday.
“Biggest thing was, we really did a good job holding them defensively,” Washington Head Coach Grant Young said. “We had two single-digit quarters, which that’s kind of our key is to always hold teams to single digits. We did that the first two quarters and kind of exploded in the second half.”
Washington led 13-7 after the first period and stretched that lead to 28-12 at the half. The Blue Knights won the third quarter by two to trim the lead to 14 points at 43-29 going into the final frame.
Cason Suggs and Alec Brinkmann each got into double digits scoring for the Blue Jays. Suggs finished the consolation final with a team-high 19 points and Brinkmann with 15.
“Brinkmann had the best game he’s had for us,” Young said. “...His 15 was a career high.”
Zach Harms posted nine points for Washington as the Jays also got seven points from Zach Subke, six from Tommy Ruether and two each from Ryan Hoerstkamp and Aleksandr Buechter.
The Blue Knights were led by sophomore Patrick Baalman, who posted 16 points and nine rebounds.
Other Blue Knights to score included Jeremiah Reed with 11 points, Will Hoenig with five, Jack Schark with three, Logan Bond and Jonathan Chambers each with two points and Eli Siecinski with one.