Elder, La Salle Still Perfect After Tourney Wins


Posted on 12/27/2014 at 7:22pm

Elder and La Salle are still undefeated after Saturday’s games in Florida holiday basketball tournaments, while St. Xavier won for the fourth time in five games with a home non-conference victory over Thurgood Marshall from Dayton. Moeller was the lone GCL South team to suffer defeat Saturday, falling in a close game in the first round of the Battle At The Villages in Central Florida.

Here is a look at Saturday’s GCL South games:

Elder – The Panthers posted a pair of victories at the Ft. Lauderdale Holiday Beach Classic, one coming via forfeit and the second a 60-50 win over Nova, Fla. in the showcase being played at Westminster Academy.  Elder is scheduled to play host Westminster Academy in the championship game at 7:30 tonight.  Coach Joe Schoenfeld’s team, No. 3 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly coaches poll, is now 8-0.

La Salle – The Lancers opened play in the Kingdom of the Sun Invitational with a 60-53 win over Dunnellon, Fla.  No. 4 La Salle, which is now 5-0, advances to the winner’s bracket quarterfinals to meet Gibbs from St. Petersburg – which advanced with a 68-83 victory over Winter Haven, Fla. in overtime on Friday.  Tipoff is 4 p.m. Monday at Vanguard High School in Ocala, site of the Kingdom of the Sun.

Moeller – The Crusaders had their three-game winning streak snapped with a 47-44 loss to Oviedo, Fla. In the first game of the Battle At The Villages in central Florida.  Oviedo connected on nine-three point goals in the game, erasing a 28—27 halftime deficit to Moeller – which was led by 12 points from junior guard Trey McBride.  Moeller (4-2) will now play Williston, Fla. at 2 p.m. Monday.

St. Xavier – Sophomore guard Sam Martin scored a team-high 17 points, including four three-pointers, and senior guard Jack Westerfield added 12 to lift St. Xavier past Thurgood Marshall, 52-46.  The Bombers (4-1) shot 55.9 percent from the field, hitting 19 of 34 attempts, and outrebounded TM, 24-18, to improve to 4-1.  St. Xavier travels to Indianapolis to play in the Brebuef Jesuit Holiday Tournament that begins on Tuesday.