MCDONALD OH- In a thrilling district quarterfinal showdown, Western Reserve solidified their dominance over McDonald, securing a crucial 40-36 victory to advance to the semifinals of the tournament. With this win, Western Reserve completed a perfect three-game sweep against McDonald this season, showcasing their resilience and determination on the court.

The game began with both teams trading baskets in a closely contested battle, setting the stage for a tense and exciting matchup. As the game progressed, McDonald launched a late-game surge, mounting a formidable 9-0 run to close out the third quarter and narrow the gap on the scoreboard. However, Western Reserve refused to relinquish control, swiftly regaining the lead in the final frame and holding firm until the final buzzer sounded.

Leading the charge for Western Reserve was Josh Klasic, whose impressive performance saw him tally 14 points, guiding his team to victory with his scoring prowess and leadership on the court. Klasic’s contributions proved pivotal in securing the win for Western Reserve, as he led by example and stepped up when it mattered most.

Despite the defeat, McDonald’s Drew Zajack delivered a standout performance, finishing with a game-high 20 points in a valiant effort to rally his team. Zajack’s exceptional skill and determination were on full display throughout the game, as he battled tirelessly to keep McDonald within striking distance of their opponents.

With their ticket punched to the district semifinals, Western Reserve now sets their sights on their next challenge against Richmond Heights. Scheduled to take place on Monday at Firestone.