The Ready High School boys basketball team won a battle of defense and upset sixth-seeded North Union 45-33 on Saturday at Dublin Scioto in the second round of the Division III district tournament.

The Ready High School boys basketball team won a battle of defense and upset sixth-seeded North Union 45-33 on Saturday at Dublin Scioto in the second round of the Division III district tournament.

In a contest in which both teams were in the double-bonus early in the fourth quarter, the 10th-seeded Silver Knights overcame poor foul shooting to stretch a 27-18 halftime lead to as much as 16.

Defending district-champion Ready, which made just 18 of 32 from the free-throw line as the Vikings were 12 of 23, advanced to a district semifinal Tuesday in the Fairgrounds Coliseum against 12th-seeded Columbus Academy or Bloom-Carroll.

"It was kind of a grind-it-out affair where both teams will look back at the film and see shots they should have made," coach Andy Clark said. "We'll take it. We're excited to be back in the Fairgrounds."

The Silver Knights wouldn't be going there if not for the play of Joe Graessle. He had 16 of his 21 points in the first half, including two 3-pointers. Ryan Clark added 10 points and seven rebounds for Ready, which improved to 12-10.

North Union led 13-12 after one quarter but scored just five points in the second quarter and six in the third. Klarke Ransome finished with 13 points and Travis Laird had eight for the Vikings, who finished 16-5.

"We're proud to get another march to the Coliseum," Graessle said. "We did what we had to do to win."