Rasile sets scoring record in sectional final
By ERIC FORTUNE
It’s no secret that Zach Rasile and Braedon Poole get all the accolades for the McDonald boys basketball team.
Tonight was very much the same as both had big first halves, but it was the other three starters that kept the train rolling when Poole got in foul trouble in the second and third quarters and Rasile was held to just six points in the second half.
The end result was much of the norm as the Blue Devils rolled to a 91-65 victory over the Wellsville Tigers in a Division IV sectional final.
“We wouldn’t be where we are without Matthew (Beedle), Riko (Rodriguez), and Josh (Celli),” McDonald coach Jeff Rasile said. “Zach and Braedon get all the credit, but those three do all the work. They do all the dirty work.”
Zach continued to build upon his accolades finishing with a team-high 27 points which broke Matt Seitz’s single-season scoring record of 623. Zach is now at 636. With his five threes tonight, he’s just the second player in Ohio high school history to have over a 100 3s in multiple seasons.
“It’s a good accomplishment,” Zach Rasile said. “Matt Seitz was a really good player. I’m just preparing for the tournament. I think winning is the end goal and getting a district championship. Just rolling the dice at regionals and then the achievements will come.”
Those achievements continue to look more and more like reality if Friday night is any indication as the Blue Devils (21-2) jumped on the Tigers (16-8) from the get-go building out a double-digit advantage they never relinquished.
“You know what you’re going to get when you come here,” Wellsville coach David “Bug” Thompson said. “You’re going to get that pressure and you have to match that intensity. If you don’t, you’re going to get run out of here and that’s what happened.”
McDonald continued to methodically build out their lead extending it out to 48-24 despite Poole picking up his third foul midway through the second quarter.
“Obviously, our offense runs through Braedon and Zach,” Rasile said. “Zach picked up the slack in the first half and had 21 points. We need Braedon scoring, but we need him rebounding. That is probably more critical for our team.
“This was a tough game for them. They come up here on an hour bus ride. They just played on Tuesday night and we come after them. We told our kids we needed to jump all over them from the get-go.”
McDonald was able to that even without Poole, extending their advantage out from 18 to 24 going into halftime with Rasile hitting two big threes down the stretch.
Despite Poole sitting much of the second quarter and then the final 6:21 of the third after picking up his fourth foul, he finished with an 18-point, 13-rebound double double.
Celli came up big for the Blue Devils when they needed an offensive weapon in the third quarter scoring eight. He finished with 18 points.
“I thought we’d be able to get inside, but we just didn’t get to the bucket,” Thompson said. “Instead, we’re turning the ball over. We broke the press but didn’t attack the basket. If you break it, attack it especially when Poole was out. We just couldn’t get it done.”