Elder Stays Perfect, Moeller Keeps Home Streak Alive


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.