Elder Looks To Go 17-0 In First GCL South Road Test

01/30/2015

Posted on 1/30/2015 at 7:54am

The season has been perfect for the Elder basketball team so far, rolling to a 16-0 overall record and a 2-0 start in rigorous GCL South – earning the Panthers a No. 2 ranking in The Enquirer’s Division I coaches’ poll and a No. 5 spot in the latest Associated Press Division I state poll.  But there is little doubt that tonight could be Elder’s toughest test this season, playing its first GCL South road game at No. 6 La Salle.

Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. at a sold-out Bill Cady Gymnasium for Elder at La Salle (13-3, 1-1 GCL South), which has won seven of its last eight games, the lone loss a 42-38 setback in overtime last Friday at Moeller.  La Salle is 10-1 against Greater Cincinnati schools and has yet to lose a game on campus, going 5-0 in the cozy confines of its home court.  La Salle will play five of its final six games at home, including three of four GCL South games.

Tonight’s game features the top three scorers in the GCL South in La Salle sophomore guard C.J. Fleming, who leads the league averaging 16.3 points per game.  Fleming also is second in rebounding, at 5.1.  Elder has the second and third leading scorers in the GCL South, in junior guard Frankie Hofmeyer (15.1) and senior guard Brad Miller (12.9).   Elder junior guard Joey Sabato is the league leader in steals (2.9) and is second in assists (5.8).

Moeller at St. Xavier – Tonight’s other GCL matchup also carries plenty of significance as No. 8 Moeller (9-6, 1-1) looks to win its fourth consecutive game and second straight in the GCL South, while No. 9 St. Xavier (12-4, 0-0) looks to move into the league race wits its first league win.  Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. at St. Xavier’s Berning Gymnasium.  St. Xavier has won five of its last six games, the only loss to Elder, 60-54, on the road last Friday.

Moeller has won three straight and four of its last five games, the lone blemish a last-second 42-41 OT loss at Elder two weeks ago.  The Crusaders are led by junior guard Trey McBride, who ranks among GCL South leaders in scoring, fifth at 11.4; rebounding, first at 7.5; steals, third at 2.0; and blocked shots, second at 0.8.  Senior forward James Heskett leads St. Xavier in scoring, at 11.5, followed by sophomore guard Sam Martin, at 11.4.