Posted on 1/15/2017 at 8:29 a.m.

McBride, Voss Lead Crusaders Over Alter Saturday Night

Sophomore guard Miles MCBride and senior forward Riley Voss posted season highs in points and rebounds, respectively, to help No. 1 Moeller remain perfect this season with a 60-46 victory over Kettering Alter in the marquee game Saturday night of the Kevin C. Barnhill Coaches Showcase at Little Miami High School.

McBride led all scorers with 20 points, surpassing his previous high of 16 against Pickerington North in Moeller’s season opener in early December.  He turned in a complete game, too, also grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out four assists and recording four steals.  Voss, tied with Elder’s Dashawn Mosley atop for the league lead averaging 5.6 rebounds per game, finished with 13 boards – surpassing his previous high of 10 against New Mission, MA in the Battle at The Villages in Florida over the holiday break.

Moeller (13-0), ranked No. 1 in Division I in Ohio and Greater Cincinnati, outrebounded Alter, a member of the GCL Co-Ed Division, 40-23, and registered 17 assists in the game – led by five from senior guard Isaiah Payton.  Alter (9-2), ranked No. 10 in the latest Associated Press Division II state poll, entered the game riding a seven-game winning streak.

Coach Carl Kremer’s team was the lone GCL South Division team in action Saturday.  The other three league members get back at it Tuesday with non-conference games.  Elder hosts neighborhood rival Oak Hills at The Pit as part of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Bluegrass-Buckeye Classic; La Salle is at Colerain, and St. Xavier travels to Lakota West.  Next up for Moeller is its first GCL South road game, when the Crusaders travel to take on St. Xavier at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Posted on 1/14/2017 at 8:48 a.m.

Harp, Mosely Combine For 32 Points To Lead Elder Over St. X

Senior forward Riley Voss led a balanced offense with team highs of 13 points and eight rebounds as Moeller used a 14-4 advantage in the third quarter to post a 49-39 victory over La Salle in a key Greater Catholic League South Division basketball game Friday night at Moeller High School, keeping the top-ranked Crusaders undefeated this season.  Zach Harp and Dashawn Mosley combined to score 32 points to lead Elder to a home 56-48 victory against St. Xavier in the other GCL South game.

Moeller (12-0, 1-0 GCL South), ranked No. 1 in Division I in Ohio and in Greater Cincinnati, ran its home winning streak to 14 games dating back to February 2015.  The Crusaders had their usual balance on offense with four of five starters scoring nine or more points – Voss, Caleb Canter (11), Miles McBride (10) and Isaiah Payton (nine).  Canter and Payton led Moeller with three assists each, and the Crusaders outrebounded La Salle, 28-18, with Canter, McBride and senior Keegan McDowell each grabbing four rebounds to aid Voss.

It was Voss who hit a couple baskets to start the second half and, after senior guard Keegan McDowell nailed a three-pointer, the Crusaders had extended a two-point advantage at intermission to a 24-17 lead.  Moeller would increase its lead to 12 at the end of the third quarter.  La Salle senior guard Tre Crigler nailed four of his game-high five three-point shots in the final eight minutes, but the Lancers could draw no closer than seven down the stretch.

La Salle (9-2, 1-1), No. 2 behind Moeller in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll, played its fourth straight game without senior guard and leading scorer C.J. Fleming – who is recovering from a should injury.  In Fleming’s absence, Crigler led the Lancers with a game-high 19 points, nailing 5-of-11 from long range, while senior Da’Meak Brandon added eight points and a team-high five assists.  La Salle, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, will host Moeller on February 3.

Elder, playing just its third home game this season, got 17 points from Harp – a junior guard – and 15 points and 10 rebounds from senior forward Dashawn Mosley to earn its first GCL South win.  The Panthers led by one, 26-25, at halftime, before outscoring St. Xavier, 14-6, in the third quarter.   Elder (5-4, 1-1) nailed five three-pointers in the game, with Harp going 4-of-4 from long-range to score in double figures for the fifth time this season and the fourth time in the last six games.

Senior Daniel Keyes led St. Xavier (5-7, 0-1), which had its two-game winning streak snapped, with 18 points and eight rebounds.  The Bombers hit just 17-of-49 field goals (34.7 percent) and managed to connect on just 6-of-27 field goals in the second half – including only two in a six-point third quarter.   There were four ties and 13 lead changes in the game, with Elder maintaining the advantage for 23:31.

Moeller is the lone GCL South team in action today, as the Crusaders will be tested by GCL Co-Ed Division member Kettering Alter – which is 9-1 and has won seven straight games.  The game will tip at 8 p.m. at Little Miami High School as part of the Kevin C. Barnhill Coaches Showcase.  The other three GCL South teams return to the court next Tuesday, with Elder hosting neighborhood rival and a talented team in Oak Hills, La Salle traveling to Colerain, and St. Xavier hitting the road to face Lakota West.  All three games tip at 7:30 p.m.

Posted on 1/13/2017 at 12:35 p.m.

Elder Hosts St. Xavier On First Full Night Of South Division Play

An early-season showdown for first place in the Greater Catholic League South Division basketball race is scheduled tonight when La Salle travels to Montgomery Road to face undefeated Moeller in a 7:30 game that matches the top two ranked teams in Greater Cincinnati Division I, according to The Enquirer’s weekly area coaches’ poll.  Elder hosts St. Xavier in tonight’s other GCL South game.

La Salle (9-1, 1-0 GCL South), coming off a 45-30 win at Purcell Marian on Tuesday and winner of its league opener against Elder a week ago, will be without leading scorer C.J. Fleming against Moeller.  Fleming, who leads the GCL South in scoring (18.0) and field-goal percentage (69.2), has missed the last three games after suffering a shoulder injury in the championship game of the Kingdom of the Sun in Florida over the holiday break.

The Lancers are looking to seniors Tre Crigler and Da’Meak Brandon, along with junior Riley Haubner, to pick up some of the scoring slack without Fleming.  Brandon and Crigler scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, against Purcell Marian.  La Salle, ranked No. 2 behind Moeller by The Enquirer, always brings its rugged defense.  Coach Dan Fleming’s team is allowing a league-low 38.6 points per game and has allowed only four opponents to score more than 40.

Moeller (11-0), which is also ranked No. 1 in Ohio Division I, has yet to lose this season – thanks to a deep roster and some pretty good defense of its own, allowing opponents to score just 39.9 points a game.  The Crusaders are coming off one of their toughest test of the season against Centerville last Saturday, a game in which Moeller trailed by eight in the third quarter before coming alive to remain unbeaten with a 41-35 victory.

Coach Carl Kremer’s team is comfortable playing at home, too, having won 13 straight games at Moeller.  The last loss came on February 14, 2015 when Centerville squeaked out a 42-41 road win.  Senior guard Keegan McDowell leads a balanced Moeller offense, averaging 14.6 points.  The Crusaders have five players averaging 6.9 points or higher,  in Miles McBride (9.5), Isaiah Payton (7.5), Riley Voss (7.2) and Caleb Canter (6.9).

Elder and St. Xavier meet in tonight’s other GCL South game, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at The Pit in Price Hill. This is the GCL South opener for St. Xavier (5-6), which has won two straight games – the latest victory against Harrison, 64-36, at home Tuesday.  Junior Chase Wolf came off the bench to score a team-high 12 points, while senior Daniel Keyes added 10 against Harrison.

Elder (4-4, 0-1) is happy to have senior Dashawn Mosley back in the lineup after being sidelined with an injury.  Mosley posted team highs of 15 points and  eight rebounds at La Salle last Friday and is averaging 17.2 points, which ranks second in the league behind Fleming.  This is only the third home game for Elder this season, having split the previous two.  The Panthers have dropped three of their last four games.

Posted on 1/8/2017 at 11:56 a.m.

La Salle Overcomes Slow Start To Win At Roger Bacon

Greater Catholic League South Division members Moeller and La Salle, holding down the top two sports in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly area coaches’ poll, were tested in non-conference games Saturday night, as both teams needed to rely on strong defensive efforts to come from behind and maintain their rankings – also setting the stage for an outstanding GCL South game this Friday when Moeller opens league play by hosting the Lancers.

First, though, No. 1 Moeller had to rally from eight points down in the third quarter to defeat Centerville, 41-35, at Moeller.  Sophomore guard Miles McBride led the Crusaders (11-0) with 15 points, while Keegan McDowell and Isaiah Payton each scored nine.  Moeller trailed, 21-17, at halftime and the Elks extended the lead to eight in the third quarter before Moeller came alive.  The Crusaders outscored Centerville (4-3), 24-14, in the second half – including 13-6 in the fourth.

La Salle allowed Roger Bacon, No. 2 in The Enquirer’s Division III poll, to take a 15-10 lead after one quarter before turning its defense up a notch and holding the Spartans to 30 points over the final three quarters to take a 53-44 win at Roger Bacon.  Both teams played without key players, as La Salle was missing senior guard and leading scorer C.J. Fleming for the second straight game.  Fleming is sidelined with a shoulder injury.  Roger Bacon senior Justin Johnson also was out with an injury.

Senior guard Tre Crigler led La Salle (8-1) with 16 points, while Da’Meak Brandon and Josh Whyle each added 11 for the Lancers – who opened GCL South play by knocking off Elder one night earlier.  Roger Bacon (9-2) tipped off GCL Co-Ed Division play with a 58-47 win over Purcell Marian Friday.  La Salle put together strong runs at the beginning and end of the third quarter to take a 10-point advantage into the final eight minutes.  James Johnson led Roger Bacon with 12 points.

Posted on 1/7/2017 at 9:54 a.m.

Moeller, St. Xavier Post Non-Conference Victories Friday

Joe Hartmann and Riley Haubner combined to score 26 points and grab 12 rebounds as La Salle, playing without leading scorer C.J. Fleming, used a big third quarter and strong defense to post a 41-36 victory over Elder Friday night before a sellout crowd at Ls Sale High School in the Greater Catholic League South Division opener for both schools.  GCL South colleagues Moeller and St. Xavier also were in action, with both teams posting non-conference victories in preparation for next week’s first full Friday of GCL South games.

Hartmann, a senior forward, led all scorers with 15 points – hitting 7-of-10 shots – and pulled down five rebounds, while Haubner – a junior guard – added 11 points and a team-high seven boards for La Salle (7-1, 1-0 GCL South).  The Lancers played their first full game without Fleming, the GCL South co-leading scorer who is sidelined with an injury he suffered during the championship game of the Kingdom of the Sun in Ocala. Fla. last week.

Neither team could get much going offensively in the first half, and the game was tied, 12-12, at halftime.  But the Lancers got out quickly in the third quarter and outscored Elder, 17-7, to take command.  Elder (4-6, 0-1) rallied back in the fourth quarter, but was unable to pull out a road victory.  Senior Dashawn Mosley led Elder with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Shaun Sullivan added nine and Brett Marsh scored eight.

Moeller (10-0), fresh off its title in the Battle at The Villages in The Villages, Fla. over the holiday break, built a 22-6 advantage after one quarter and extended the lead to 49-11 at halftime en route to a 60-24 win at Winton Woods. Senior guard Keegan McDowell led Moeller, No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll, with 17 points, while junior guard Jeremiah Davenport came off the bench to add 14.  Senior forward Riley Voss had six points and a team-high eight rebounds.

St. Xavier (4-6) utilized big second and third quarters, outscoring Cincinnati Country Day, 20-3 and 22-7, respectively, on its way to a 79-34 win at St. Xavier.  In all, 11 players scored fo9r the Bombers – who were led by 15 points from senior Daniel Keyes and 12 off the bench from senior guard Brandon Gilbert, who also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.  St. Xavier outrebounded the Indians, 45-26, and played solid defense – limiting Country Day to connect on just 14-of-59 field goals.

Next Friday is the first full night of GCL South games.  La Salle travels to Montgomery Road to face Moeller in the Crusaders’ GCL South opener, while St. Xavier travels to The Pit to open league play at Elder.  Both varsity games tip at 7:30 p.m.

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