Posted on 1/25/2015 at 3:45pm

Guards Tre Crigler and Jeremy Larkin each scored 14 points, while C.J. Fleming added 13 to lead La Salle to a 58-44 victory over Northmont in a non-conference basketball game Saturday night at La Salle High School – earning Lancers’ coach Dan Fleming career win No. 400 in the process.  Fleming, who became La Salle’s head coach in 1990, has a career record of 400-200, with all but seven of his wins coming at La Salle.

Crigler and Fleming, son of the Lancers’ coach, each knocked down two of their team’s eight three-point goals.  The win was the seventh in eight games for La Salle, with the lone loss during that span at Moeller, 42-38, in overtime Friday night.  La Salle is 11-1 against Ohio schools this season.  The Lancers – ranked No. 5 in The Enquirer’s Division I coaches’ poll - host No. 2 and undefeated Elder Friday night.

Under Fleming, the Lancers have been a perennial power in Greater Cincinnati – winning two city championships (2009-10 and 2011-12), five GCL league championships and six district titles.  Fleming has guided the Lancers to a pair of state championships, one in 1996 and the other in 2011.  Fleming’s tournament record at La Sale is an impressive 61-22, and the Lancers are 13-3 this season, 1-1 in the GCL South.

Fleming is the second GCL South coach to earn a milestone victory this season.  St. Xavier’s Scott Martin posted career win No. 300 when the Bombers defeated Lakota West, 60-58, on January 17.  And, like Fleming, Martin also has a son who starts for the Bombers. Sam Martin is a sophomore guard and is the team’s second-leading scorer (11.4 points). C.J. Fleming also is a sophomore guard who leads La Salle and the GCL South in scoring (16.3).

Posted on 1/24/2015 at 9:32am

Senior guard Brad Miller scored a game-high 19 points, knocking down five of his team’s seven three-point goals, to lead Elder to a 60-54 victory over St. Xavier at The Pit Friday night.  The win kept Elder – ranked N0. 2 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly coaches’ poll and No. 7 in the Associated Press Division I state rankings – perfect on the season and moved the Panthers into sole possession of first place in the league.

In Friday’s other GCL South game, Moeller extended its home winning streak to 22 straight games with a 42-38 win over La Salle in overtime.   For Moeller, it was the third consecutive overtime game and fourths in the last six games. The Crusaders beat Toledo ST. John’s Jesuit, 51-39, in OT last Sunday and  also were into an extra period in their GCL South opener two days earlier, falling to Elder, 42-41, on a last-second basket.

Elder (16-0, 2-0 GCL South) is one of only four unbeaten teams in Greater Cincinnati (Mason, Milford and Wilmington the others) with a balanced scoring attack.  Senior forward Mitch Moorhead added 18 and junior guard Frankie Hofmeyer tossed in 15 as Elder ended St. Xavier’s six-game winning streak.  The Bombers (12-4, 0-2) held a 23-19 lead at halftime, but Elder outscored St. Xavier, 19-11, in the third quarter.

Sophomore guard Sam Martin led No. 10 St. Xavier with 18 points, going 5-for-10 from three-point range.  St. Xavier ended the game with nine three-pointers.  Martin was joined in double figures by junior guard Henry Kuechly, who came off the bench to score 10 points and grab five rebounds.

After one quarter, it looked like Moeller might be in control of La Salle – with the Crusaders holding a 15-4 lead.  But the Lancers outscored Moeller, 10-2, in the second quarter to tighten the game and it was close throughout regulation.  No. 8 Moeller (8-6, 1-1), led by 11 points from senior forward Kurtis Hoffman and 10 points and 11 rebounds from junior guard Trey McBride, held La Salle scoreless in overtime to win its second straight.

The loss prevented La Salle coach Dan Fleming from recording career win No. 400.  Junior Jeremy Larkin led the No. 5 Lancers with 17 points, hitting 8 of 13 shots, while also grabbing six rebounds.  The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for La Salle (12-3, 1-1), which also lost for the first time in 11 games to a Greater Cincinnati school this season. Fleming goes for his landmark victory when the Lancers host Northmont at 7:30 tonight.

Posted on 1/23/2015 at 4:15pm

Panthers Look to Remain Undefeated, Atop GCL South

La Salle High School basketball coach Dan Fleming is one victory away from career win No. 400 when the Lancers travel to Moeller tonight, while Elder looks to remain undefeated and atop the GCL South standings when the Panthers host St. Xavier in the first full Friday night of GCL South games.

Fleming, who posted seven victories at Taylor High School before taking over the  Lancers’ program in 1990, notched career victory No. 399 with a 75-42 win at Withrow in a non-conference game Tuesday.  Fleming – who took over at La Salle for Hep Cronin – annually has the Lancers competing for GCL South and postseason titles.  La Salle has won two Division I state titles under Fleming, in 1996 and 2011.

La Salle (12-2, 1-0 GCL South) – ranked No. 5 in The Enquirer’s Division I coaches’ poll - is a perfect 10-0 against Greater Cincinnati schools this season.  Moeller (7-6, 0-1) had its 16-game league winning streak snapped last Friday at Elder, 42-41, in overtime.  La Salle is raiding a six-game winning streak, while Moeller is coming off a 51-49 overtime win against St. John’s Jesuit in Toledo last Sunday.

Elder (15-0, 1-0), now No. 2 in The Enquirer’s weekly rankings,  looks to remain unbeaten when it hosts No. 10 St. Xavier (12-3. 0-1) – which is riding a six-game winning streak.  The Bombers, in fact, are coming off three wins against Greater Miami Conference schools in a four-day span Friday through Tuesday – knocking off Lakota West, Fairfield and Princeton.

Coach Joe Schoenfeld’s team is one of four Greater Cincinnati boys’ teams still undefeated.  The Panthers, who have more wins at this point than any other area team, are joined in the unbeaten ranks by Milford (12-0), Wilmington (12-0) and Mason (11-0). Elder is No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Division I state rankings.  After tonight, Elder is off until next Friday, January 30, when the Panthers will travel to La Salle.

Posted on 1/21/2015 at 6:34pm

La Salle and St. Xavier posted non-conference basketball victories Tuesday night, extending both school’s winning streaks to six games heading into the first full Friday night of GCL South play.  La Salle had three players score in double figures to key a 74-42 victory at Withrow, while St. Xavier rallied from a 35-22 halftime deficit to hold off Princeton, 68-63, at St. Xavier’s Berning Gymnasium.

Sophomore guard Tre Crigler scored a team-high 13 points to lead La Salle, ranked No. 5 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly coaches’ poll, against Withrow.  Junior Nick Watson and sophomore Joe Hartmann each added nine as La Salle led 40-20 at the half and improved to 10-0 this season against Greater Cincinnati schools.  La Salle (12-2, 1-0 GCL South) travels to No. 8 Moeller (7-6, 0-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

It wasn’t nearly as easy for St. Xavier to extend its streak.  The Bombers, down 13 at the half, cut the deficit seven entering the fourth quarter before outscoring Princeton, 27-15, in the final eight minutes to win.  St. Xavier was 16 of 20 from the free-throw line in the second half, including a perfect 8-for-8 by senior guard Jack Westerfield in the fourth quarter.  Senior guard Joe Schroeder was 8 of 8 from the line in the second half, 9-for-9 for the game.

Senior James Heskett led No. 10 St. Xavier with 20 points, while Schroeder added 18, Westerfield finished with 13, and junior Johnny Bubenhofer came off the bench to score 10.  The Bombers (12-3, 0-1) travel to The Pit Friday night, where they will attempt to hand Elder (15-0. 1-0) its first loss this season.  The Panthers moved up to No. 2 in The Enquirer’s rankings and are now No. 7 in the Associated Press Division  I state poll.

Posted on 1/21/2015 at 1:52pm

Elder and St. Xavier recorded wins Monday night in the second day of games in the LaRosa’s Hardwood Classic at Fairfield High School.  Elder knocked off Lakota West, 60-45, in the first game to remain unbeaten this season at 15-0.  St. Xavier then defeated Fairfield, 52-43, in the second game to extend the Bombers’ winning streak to five games.

The Panthers kept their perfect season alive, thanks to a game-high 20 points from junior guard Frankie Hofmeyer.  Junior guard Joey Sabato continues to be a playmakers for Elder – dishing off a game-high 11 assists for the Panthers, ranked No. 4 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly coaches’ poll.  Elder (15-0, 1-0) GCL South) is off until Friday, when coach Joe Schoenfeld’s team hosts red-hot St. Xavier (11-3, 0-1) in a GCL South game.

The Bombers got a season-high 25 points from sophomore guard Sam Martin in the win against Fairfield.  Martin went 9-for-14 from the field and hit 4 of 9 three-point shots.   No. 10 St. Xavier broke open a tie game at the half by outscoring Fairfield, 27-18, in the final two periods.  St. Xavier will look to record its fourth victory in five days when the Bombers host Princeton in a non-conference game at 7:30 tonight.

La Salle looks to extend its winning streak to six straight when it travels to take on Woodward in a non-conference game tonight.  Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.  The No. 5 Lancers (11-2) are a perfect 9-0 against Greater Cincinnati teams this season.  La Salle is led by sophomore guard C.J. Fleming, who leads the GCL South in scoring at 17.3 points per game and is second in rebounding, pulling down an average of 5.8 per game.

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