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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games