McDonald comes out firing in rout

MECCA — The McDonald Blue Devils, coming off a season in which they reached the Division IV regional tournament, started the 2017-18 season off with a bang.

Coming out aggressively, McDonald put up 18 points before the Maplewood Rockets could muster a single point on the way to a 91-52 rout in the season opener for both teams.

“That’s our style, that’s what we do,” McDonald coach Jeff Rasile said about his Blue Devils.

McDonald came out hard and didn’t let up. From the junior varsity tip off, to the final whistle of the varsity game, the Blue Devils were simply unstoppable. But coach Rasile wasn’t impressed.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well, that’s the key, we need to shoot the ball a little better,” he said. “The second quarter was not good for us, we got lazy. It was the first game, we got tired, only played six guys, so we have a lot to work on, which is good.”

Sophomore Zach Rasile (36) and senior Braedon Poole (30) put up the majority of the Blue Devils’ scoring with 68 points combined. Josh Celli added 12 points and Matthew Beedle scored eight.

McDonald led 31-9 after the first quarter, 50-23 at halftime and 69-42 after three quarters.

Thomas Dorsey scored 18 points and Tommy Rink had 13 to lead the Rockets.