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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 7:45 pm

Ronnie Suggs and the fifth-seeded Washington Blue Jays were more than ready for the start of the 60th Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Cola Thanksgiving Tournament.

Playing against fourth-seeded Cardinal Ritter Wednesday in the opening round, Suggs scored 36 points in leading the Blue Jays to a 76-63 victory.

Suggs surpassed his previous career-high of 22 points in the first half alone, scoring 23 points in the first 16 minutes.

“I was pumped for the game,” Suggs said. “I think we were all ready to play.”

The Blue Jays (1-0) take on top-seeded McCluer North in the championship semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. The Stars defeated eighth-seeded St. Clair in the opening round, 60-23.

Cardinal Ritter (0-1) plays St. Clair in the consolation semifinals Friday at 3 p.m.

Washington was 33-38 from the free-throw line while Cardinal Ritter was 10-11.

Suggs was 15-17 from the free-throw line and knocked down three three-pointers.

“Ronnie was feeling it, you could tell that early. This year with him, he’s just healthy. He’s also the most focused that I’ve ever seen him,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “I’m excited about the energy that he wants to play with. I think he’s going to have a nice year. He played his role. He scored when it was there. He passed when he was guarded. He played his role well, and he knocked down some shots to build his confidence.”

Suggs praised his teammates following the game.

“I have to give the credit to my teammates. Without them, I wouldn’t have gotten the shots that I did,” Suggs said. “I felt good. I’ve worked a lot on my shot. I worked with Scott (older brother and current University of Washington guard Scott Suggs) for two weeks in Seattle. I feel like I’ve improved my game a lot.”

Luke Schroepfer added 15 points for Washington, going 9-10 from the foul line.

Jared Walde finished with 11 points, going 3-4 from the line.

Brad Carpenter scored seven points, all in a stretch of two minutes in the third quarter to give the Blue Jays a spark.

Patrick Menke added five points, going 3-4 from the line. Jacob Mulkey had two points.

Luke Hasenjaeger and Cory Epperson also played.

“We’ve talked a lot about buying into our roles and how guys need to play their roles,” Sodemann said. “If they do that to the best of their ability, we’re going to have a chance for a decent year.”

Charles Jones paced Cardinal Ritter with 19 points. Jamar Luckett added 14 points. Jalen Rayford finished with nine points. Brandon Farbush scored eight points.

“We didn’t know a lot about Cardinal Ritter coming into the game. We knew they had good players and good athletes,” Sodemann said. “Our guys had opportunities where they could have folded, especially when they made some runs and got some steals. Our guys hung tough. I was really proud of them.”

Suggs scored 13 points in the first quarter, leading the Blue Jays to a 17-12 lead.

The Lions cut the lead to 19-17 early in the second quarter, but a pair of three-pointers by Suggs in the final two minutes helped Washington to a 33-27 halftime advantage.

Cardinal Ritter got as close as 41-38 on a pair of three-pointers by Luckett with 4:48 left in the third quarter, but got no closer during the second half.

Seven quick points by Carpenter helped the Blue Jays extend their lead to 56-48 after three quarters.

Washington had a 60-54 lead with 5:22 remaining in the fourth quarter and ended the game with a 16-9 run, highlighted on baskets by Menke, Suggs and Walde.

“Overall, we handled their pressure OK. We try to beat pressure by going to score, and we did that. Sometimes that can be a backbreaker for them when they’re trying to fight back into the game,” Sodemann said. “By us going down and getting some layups, it kind of took the wind out of their sails. We need to be in better shape so we can be at full speed at the end of the game.”

Sodemann expects a major challenge from McCluer North, the two-time defending Class 5 state champions.

“They’re super athletic. They play a style similar to ours, so we’ve seen fullcourt pressure every day in practice. Hopefully that will be an advantage for us,” Sodemann said. “They have guys who can shoot from the outside. It’s going to be a challenge. I know our guys are excited. They’ve beaten us the last couple of years in this tournament. Hopefully we’ll have a little payback for them.”


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games