Washington out battles New Haven in first round of JV Tournament 46-38

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Pictured above: Kyle Ruediger goes up for the game opening tip.

New Haven, Mo. – The Shamrocks came out cold in last night’s season opener against Washington in the first round of the New Haven JV Boys Tournament.  Despite battling back from 14 down, the Blue Jays out scored New Haven 15-5 in the fourth quarter to knock of the Rocks 46-38.

Washington’s Patrick Menke led all scores with 20 points, 14 of them coming in the second half.  New Haven’s Seth Schenck had a team high 12 points and Kyle Ruediger added 11.

Washington led by 14 with just under a minute, when Ruediger scored five unanswered points to bring the Rocks with in nine.  New Haven continued to battle back, holding Washington to only four points in the second quarter, outscoring them 11-4.  Washington headed into the second half clinging to a 20-18 lead.

Pictured right: Seth Schencke drives to the basket, but comes up short with just seconds left in the half.

New Have came out in the third, picking up where they left off, taking a six point lead after Harley Dewalt knocked down back to back jumpiers with 2:31 left in the third, but Menke kept Washington in it, scoring seven of his teams 11 points in the quarter.  The Rocks clung to a two-point lead (31-33) after three quarters.

Dewalt knocked down a 10 footer with six minutes left in regulation, but  Washington quickly pushed it up the court to Menke, touching nothing but the bottom of the neat from beyond the arc, tying the game 35 all.

New Haven was unable to hit another shot.  Washington outscored New Haven 11-3, led by Menke’s seven points in the quarter and a 46-38 win for the Blue Jays

New Haven will next play on Wed. at 6:45 p.m. against Hermann.  Washington advances to play St. James at 8 p.m.

Game Stats:

New Haven was out rebounded 7-12 on the defensive end and gave up six offensive boards.

New Haven shot 10-23, 15-20 from the line, but turned the ball over 12 times.

Washington shot 18-32, grabing 6 offensive and 12 defensive rebounds, and only committing 7 tournovers.