WKBN Game of the Week
by: Vince Pellegrini
McDONALD, Ohio (WKBN) – Playoff play continues as McDonald welcomes Valley Christian for a Division IV District Semifinal matchup.
The Game of the Week team will be in Trumbull County for the rematch. McDonald won game #1 of the season prior to Christmas.
The Blue Devils have lost only twice this year. The Eagles have won 87% of their games over the last 48 days.
You can watch the ‘Game of the Week’:
Digital over the air at 33.2
Armstrong Cable Channel 13 and 108
Comcast Cable Channel 3
Direct TV Channel 15
MyYTV – Spectrum Channel 997 or 1008
High School Boys’ Basketball Game of the Week
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7 pm (LIVE on MyYTV)
Valley Christian (15-4) at McDonald (22-2)
*Live streamed on WKBN.com, tape delayed on MyYTV at 10 p.m.
Last Three Meetings
Dec. 23, 2020 – McDonald, 72-49
Nov. 30, 2019 – McDonald, 80-51 (Lisbon Tip-Off Classic)
Feb. 22, 2019 – Valley Christian, 58-52
-The Blue Devils opened the season two days prior to Christmas as they handed Valley Christian their first loss of the year, 72-49. Jake Portolese (23) and Eli Street (17) combined for 40 points in the victory. Joey Battista and Sekou Stanley each scored 11 points to lead the Eagles.
Scoring Offense: McDonald, 74.8; Valley Christian, 59.0
Scoring Defense: Valley Christian, 46.9; McDonald, 56.4
-Valley Christian has won their last 7 games. The Eagles have outscored their opponents by an average of 23 points per game (67.3 to 44.3).
-Since sitting at 2-2 on January 11, Valley Christian has won 13 of their last 15 games.
-When the Eagles are able to hold their foes to 55-points or less, they’re 13-1 this season.
-Last year, the Eagles finished with a 5-17 record. In 2018-19, Valley Christian was 18-5 and the year before (2017-18) were 15-8.
-The last time Valley Christian handed McDonald a loss was in the 2018-19 season finale. Lohron Brown led the Eagles with 20 points as Valley Christian topped the Blue Devils, 58-52. In the second half, the Eagles outscored McDonald – 36-21.
-After beginning the 2020-21 season with a perfect 18-0 mark, the Blue Devils closed out the campaign with a 2-2 mark over the final week of the regular season.
-McDonald has scored 70-points or more in 18 of their 24 games played this season, finishing 17-1 in those contests.
-The Blue Devils are after their 4th District crown in the last 6 years (2016, 2017, 2020).
-With a win, McDonald would accumulate their 5th season of 23-wins in the last 12 years (2009-10, 2010-11, 2015-16, 2016-17).
2021 Division IV – Northeast 2 District Field
Sectional Semifinal (Feb. 23)
McDonald 83 Bloomfield 23
Valley Christian 71 Maplewood 28
Lake Center Christian 66 Leetonia 42
Jackson-Milton 44 Western Reserve 41
Sectional Championship (Feb. 26)
McDonald 75 St. John 29
Valley Christian 77 Windham 68
Warren JFK 76 Lake Center Christian 70
Jackson-Milton 47 Sebring 45
District Semifinals (Mar. 2)
Valley Christian at McDonald
Jackson-Milton at Warren JFK
District Championship (Mar. 5)
Remaining Winners, 7 pm