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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

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.

Wrestling

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

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