PREP BOYS' BASKETBALL Second-half run powers McDonald past Springfield
Senior guard James Beedle leads Blue Devils with 29 points.
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- McDonald High used a 22-6 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters, and the Blue Devils went on to a 60-48 victory over Springfield.
The win clinched the Inter-County League championship.
James Beedle, a 5-foot-9 senior guard who came into Friday averaging 19 points, scored well over that with an array of shots, including six 3-point baskets. Beedle finished with 29 points.
"We really were a team playing together tonight," said Beedle. "We were playing hard to get a win and it is great to win a league championship."
The chance to celebrate looked somewhat shaky early in the third quarter, when the Blue Devils (15-2, 9-1) trailed 35-29 following back-to-back baskets by Springfield's Aaron Wood. That second of those baskets came with 6:49 remaining in the period.
But from that point, McDonald started its 22-6 run, highlighted by Corey Vukovic's 3-pointer that tied the score at 37, followed by Beedle's sixth 3-pointer of the game that gave the Blue Devils the lead for good.
Double digit lead
By the time the run ended, the Blue Devils had a 51-41 lead. The double digit lead came about on a 3-pointer by Dan Hawout, who scored 11 points.
"Second half rebounding was a key for us and Dan Hawout stepped up big for us off the bench," said McDonald coach Jeff Rasile. "James Beedle showed again that he is a big-game player.
"It is especially great to win [the league title] here against the league's most tradition-rich basketball team."
Springfield held a 38-23 edge in rebounding, as Andrew Schuler, Aaron Wood and Zach Dejane grabbed seven each for the Tigers (10-6, 6-4).
Dane Dobson and Aaron Wood each scored 10 points for Springfield.
"We had the opportunity to pull away twice in the game and they just kept coming at us," said Springfield coach Grant Spaite. "We matched their intensity, but we turned the ball over too many times and they shot the ball very well."
Corey Vukovic had five rebounds for McDonald.