McDonald rolls on, routing Mineral Ridge

McDONALD — The dynamic duo of Zach Rasile (35 points) and Braedon Poole (34) led McDonald to another big win, but don’t think the Blue Devils are a two-man team.

After McDonald’s 96-44 thrashing of rival Mineral Ridge, coach Jeff Rasile made sure to credit the rest of the roster.

“Matthew Beedle had a great game, he made four 3s, and Josh (Celli) and Riko (Rodriguez) did their thing, and did everything they had to do to win the game,” Rasile said.

The four 3-pointers for senior Beedle is his career high. Beedle totaled 16 points on the night in addition to his stellar defensive play, keeping the Rams’ offense struggling to gain any traction in the contest.

It was the fifth straight win for McDonald (13-1, 9-0 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference) and further solidifies the Devils’ lead atop the MVAC and should help them maintain their Division IV No. 4 state ranking.

Mineral Ridge (4-12, 3-8) had two scorers eclipse the double-digit mark in what was its fourth straight loss. Jordan Zupko (18) and Koby Zupko (11) accounted for over half of the team’s points on the night. Ten of those points came in the second quarter when momentum briefly shifted the Rams’ way.

“They played us pretty well in the first half. The last four minutes of the second quarter wasn’t our best basketball, and we were up big at that point,” Rasile said. “We let them back in it with an 11-2 run, which that’s not what we want. The way we play we want to be in your face the whole game and we didn’t do that.”

Sophomore Zach Rasile only needs 45 more points to reach 1,000, a milestone Poole eclipsed earlier this season.