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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:00 pm

With the championship of the Washington Boys Basketball Tournament on the line, the host Blue Jays made a comeback to remember.

Top-seeded Washington (13-4) trailed second-seeded Westminster by 13 points late in the third quarter and by nine points heading into the fourth period, but dominated the final 10 minutes of the game in a 55-51 victory.

“Coach asked us after the third quarter if we believed we could do it,” said Washington senior guard Luke Schroepfer. “We all pulled together. We knew we could do it. We’ve been down by more. We’ve been in tougher situations. We pumped up our intensity. It was our defense that did it.”

Trailing 34-21 with 2:25 remaining in the third quarter, Washington went on an 18-2 run over the next 6 1/2 minutes of the game to grab a 39-36 lead with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Jays outscored Westminster 30-17 in the fourth quarter.

“Our intensity was up because we wanted to win. We didn’t want them to win,” said Washington senior forward Jared Walde.

“Going into the fourth quarter, I asked the guys if they believed, and they all said yes. So I knew we were on the same page,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “We started to play harder defensively. In the first half and the first part of the third quarter, our defensive intensity wasn’t where it needed to be. In the second half, especially the fourth quarter, we played harder defensively, which led to some chances on the offensive end.”

The Blue Jays also caught fire offensively in the fourth quarter.

“We got hot at the right time. You have to tip your hat to Brad (Carpenter), Luke (Schroepfer) and Ronnie (Suggs),” Sodemann said. “Shots weren’t falling early in the game, but they had the confidence to keep taking them and they all knocked down some big ones.”

With the score tied 44-44, a three-point play by Suggs with 1:51 left gave Washington the lead for good.

Luke Hasenjaeger, Jacob Mulkey and Schroepfer all hit free throws in the final 36 seconds to help seal the win.

“We talked in shoot-around that free throws probably would win the game,” Sodemann said. “I’m happy for Mulkey and Hazy for making those big free throws.”

Suggs led Washington in scoring with 18 points. Schroepfer added 14 points. Both players represented the Blue Jays on the all-tournament team.

Walde and Carpenter both finished the game with nine points. Mulkey scored four points. Hasenjaeger had one point.

Walde had another solid game rebounding the ball.

“That’s what I’m here for. We have Luke and Ronnie to do most of our scoring,” Walde said. “I just like to do the dirty work. I have fun doing it. I love these kinds of games.”

Shane Benes paced Westminster (8-6) with 14 points. Jack Dohr added 10 points. John Eric Steiner had nine points.

Dohr and Steiner represented the Wildcats on the all-tournament team.

“They’re a really good team. They’re very well coached,” Schroepfer said. “Jack Dohr, John Eric Steiner and Grant Koby, I played with them growing up. It’s fun playing against those guys. It’s important for us to win the tournament our senior year. It’s nice going out on a good note.”

With the score tied 10-10 after one quarter, Westminster went on a 24-15 run over the next two quarters, leading 25-18 at halftime and 34-25 after three periods.

The Blue Jays went on a 14-2 run in the first 4:15 of the fourth quarter to take the lead. Carpenter hit two three-pointers to highlight the run.

“It was a great atmosphere. I’m happy for our seniors, who have now won our tournament two times. It was a great learning experience for our younger guys,” Sodemann said. “Westminster has been in the finals three years in a row and won it last year. They weren’t going to give it to us. If we wanted the championship, we had to take it away from them.”

Bayless

Washington defeated fifth-seeded Bayless Friday in the championship semifinals, 59-48.

The Bronchos played the final two games of the tournament without a key player in forward Edin Mehmedovic, who is ineligible for the second semester.

“Not having Mehmedovic hurt them. It allowed us to key more on (Patrick) Triplett,” Sodemann said. “We made some adjustments as the game went on and cut it loose in the fourth quarter.”

Washington led 41-30 midway through the third quarter, but an 8-0 run by Bayless to end the period made the score 41-38.

The Blue Jays took control in the fourth quarter, opening a 15-point lead with 2:48 left to play and winning by 11 points. Schroepfer paced the Blue Jays with 22 points. Suggs scored 20 points.

Walde and Mulkey both added seven points. Carpenter scored three points.

Triplett led Bayless with 20 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

The Blue Jays are looking forward to the final stretch of the season.

“We have high expectations. This wasn’t our best game. When we’re at our best, I think we can do something special,” Walde said following the championship game.

“Our major goal is to win a district title. We want to win a district title and see where we can go from there,” Schroepfer added. “Right now, that’s at the top of our list. If we play our best, I know we can get there.”

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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

Wrestling

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

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