NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Springfield Tigers wasted no time in disposing of league rival McDonald Friday night with a dominating 78-24 victory.  The win keeps the Tigers perfect on the season at 11-0, 7-0 in the MVAC.  The Blue Devils drop to 5-6 on the year, 4-2 in league play.

Senior Alex Rothwell scored a game-high 24 points while hauling down 10 rebounds while Beau Brungard added 15 points and Jakob Joyce 10.  The Tigers would place twelve players in the scoring column on the night.

“It’s special.  The community really buys into the school district and its’ athletics.  It’s what makes the cohesive bond that keeps people together especially in today’s trying times.  It is something that is special.  And to come in here with the kids I have, they are just such wonderful young men, it’s a dream come true,” Tigers coach Jeff Brink remarked about returning to coach at Springfield.

Watch the above video for highlights and postgame reactions from the Tigers.

Following a basket by the Tigers to open the contest, the Devils took their only lead of the game at 3-2 when Zach Shobel knocked down a three.  From there, the Tigers took command of the game as they went on a 16-0 run to close the period and an 18-3 lead.

The Tigers continued to pull away in the second period when they took a 40-9 lead into the locker rooms at the intermission.  The Tigers limited the Blue Devils to just three treys to account for all of their scoring.

The Tigers continued to dominate in the second half as they held a 50-point lead at 62-12.  The Blue Devils showed their pride in the fourth period as doubled their score in the frame to reach the final 78-24 score.

Shobel would lead the Blue Devils on the scoreboard as he tallied 12 points on the night, connecting on four three-pointers in the game.

“We didn’t quit.  That is a good thing,” Franceschelli said.  “Even when shots weren’t fallen, we were still out there playing hard and doing the right things.  That (Springfield) is a good basketball team, they are 11-0.  There is a reason for that.

The Tigers will face a tough test in their next game on Tuesday night when they play at Poland.  The Blue Devils will have a week off as they do not play again until next Friday when they travel to Mineral Ridge.