Two GCL South Hoops Teams Advance To Districts


Posted on 03/03/2014 at 12:10pm

Moeller and La Salle both used strong second-half performances to capture their respective sectional basketball championships with victories Friday night at Xavier University’s Cintas Center, thus earning berths in the Southwest Ohio Division I District Championships next Saturday.  Elder fell just short of earning a district berth in the first of three sectional finals involving GCL South schools held at XU.

Top-seed Moeller (22-1) extended its winning streak to 16 games and remained perfect in 2014 with a 55-42 win over Lakota East in the Cincinnati 2 Sectional final.  Senior guard Tre’ Hawkins scored 16 points to pace the Crusaders, while junior center Nate Fowler added 12 points and nine rebounds.  Senior forward Jack Anton scored nine points and grabbed a team-best 13 rebounds.

Moeller advances to meet Fairborn at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cintas Center.  Fairborn (17-7), like Moeller, has a double-digit winning streak – having won 10 straight games, including a victory over Tecumseh Friday night in the sectional final.

La Salle used its full court pressure and strong defense to pull away from Mason in the second half, en route to a 65-48 victory for the Lancers in the night’s third and final game.   The Lancers (18-5), winners of three straight, broke open a two-point halftime lead behind the Larkin brothers – Jeffrey (21 points) and Jeremy (18).  Senior guard Tim Bell added 16 for the Lancers, who recorded 13 steals.

La Salle will face Trotwood Madison at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cintas Center.  Trotwood Madison (21-2), the champion of the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division, has won eight straight games and defeated Miamisburg Friday to win its sectional title.

Elder had its chances against Middletown, but the Panthers fell short, 54-47, in the Cincinnati 4 Sectional final.  Despite hitting just 8-of-25 field goals in the first half, Elder only trailed, 27-23, at halftime.  The Panthers (17-7) also had opportunities in the second half, but finished the game connecting on just 17-of-52 field goals and 6-of-22 from three-point range.

Junior guard Brad Miller led the Panthers with 18 points, while senior forward Devin Pike added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore guard Frankie Hofmeyer came off the bench to score 11.  Middletown (18-6) advances to the district tournament riding a seven-game winning streak.