Battle for the top of MVAC; McDonald-Sebring this Friday

Game of the Week

McDonald has scored 75 points or more in all but 2 games this year

Sebring Trojans vs. McDonald Blue Devils game of the week basketball

#2 Sebring was upset on Tuesday by Lowellville

McDONALD, Ohio (WKBN) – For the first time in league history, a pair of Top 10 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference teams will meet when #2 Sebring (9-1) travels to #8 McDonald (9-1). The Trojans are reeling from an upset loss as McDonald is riding a 4-game win streak which began with a 4-point victory over Springfield (64-60).


The highly anticipated contest will also determine who stays in first-place as each (along with Waterloo) sport a 3-1 mark in league play.


High School Boys’ Basketball Game of the Week
Friday, January 10, 2020
(#2) Sebring (9-1) at (#8) McDonald (9-1)

Last Five Meetings
Feb. 1, 2019 – McDonald, 64-56
Jan. 4, 2019 – McDonald, 70-52
Feb. 13, 2018 – McDonald, 95-64
Jan. 30, 2018 – McDonald, 84-41
Mar. 7, 2017 – McDonald, 82-60 (Division IV Struthers District Semifinal)

Last Meeting
-Zach Rasile scored 39 in McDonald’s 64-56 win over Sebring last February. Gabe Lanzer accumulated 17 for Sebring in the loss.

Team Statistics
Scoring Offense: McDonald, 84.6; Sebring, 72.3
Scoring Defense: Sebring, 50.5; McDonald, 55.4

Game Notes

-The Blue Devils have defeated Sebring 11 straight times. The Trojans’ last win came at McDonald on January 13, 2015 – 63-61.

-The news from around the area on Tuesday began with Lowellville’s upset win at #2 Sebring – 75-69 in overtime. The Rockets were playing in only their third ‘true’ road game. Lowellville won their season opener at Heartland Christian in overtime (64-58). Just last Friday, they were turned away in Berlin Center by 15 (56-41) by Western Reserve. Sebring saw Gabe Lanzer – their recent 1,000-point scorer – tally a game-high 34 points. Jake Hunter added 9 for the Trojans as well.

-Entering the polls at #2 on January 6, Sebring’s last appearance in the Top 10 rankings came on February 14, 2005 (at #2).

-McDonald’s Zach Rasile passed current-West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins (Conotton Valley/Indian Valley South) on Ohio’s all-time scoring list. Below is the list with Ohio State & NBA great Jerry Lucas next in his way – 11 points away.

OHSAA History – Most Career Points
3,208 – Jon Diebler (Fostoria/Upper Sandusky)
2,977 – Luke Kennard (Franklin)
2,958 – Jay Burson (John Glenn)
2,680 – Geno Ford (Cambridge)
2,646 – LeBron James (St. Vincent-St. Mary)
2,581 – Rex Leach (Mathews)
2,573 – Mike Phillips (Manchester)
2,567 – Bill Szabo (Firelands)
2,562 – Nate Davis (Bellaire)
2,492 – Larry Huston (Savannah)
2,460 – Jerry Lucas (Middletown)
2,449 – Zach Rasile (McDonald)
2,438 – Bob Huggins (Conotton Valley/Indian Valley South)

-Rasile has scored over 40-points in 8 of his 10 games played. Jake Portolese has also tallied 28-points or more in 3 games this season

-Since losing to Waterloo on December 17 (63-59), McDonald has won their last 4 games. The Blue Devils have been held below 75-points just twice this year.

MVAC Standings (as of January 8)
2 Sebring – 4-1 (9-1)
8 McDonald- 4-1 (9-1)
Waterloo – 4-1 (9-1)
Springfield – 3-2 (4-4)
Mineral Ridge – 3-3 (4-4)
Western Reserve – 2-3 (5-6)
Lowellville – 1-4 (6-4)
Jackson-Milton – 0-6 (3-8)

Upcoming Schedule
Sebring
Jan. 14 – at Waterloo (9-1)
Jan. 17 – Mineral Ridge (4-4)
Jan. 21 – Leetonia (2-8)

McDonald
Jan. 11 – at Warren JFK (2-7)
Jan. 14 – at Western Reserve (5-6)
Jan. 17 – Lowellville (5-5)

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