La Salle Hands Elder First Loss To Tighten League Race

01/31/2015

Posted on 1/31/2015 at 9:56am

Sophomore guard C.J. Fleming, the leading scorer in the GCL South, had a game-high 21 points and La Salle used a 21-9 advantage in the second quarter en route to a 61-54 victory over Elder in front of a sellout crowd Friday night at La Salle High School.  The loss was the first this season for Elder, which entered the game riding a perfect 16-0 record and a No. 5 ranking in the latest Associated Press Division I state poll.

La Sale’s victory, combined with Moeller’s 39-35 win over St. Xavier Friday night, tightened the league race heading into the second half of the GCL South season – as Elder, La Salle and Moeller are now deadlocked atop the league with 2-1 records.

Fleming, who averages 16.6 points, connected on 6 of 9 field goals, going for 5-for-7 from three-point range, and was good on all four of his free-throw attempts.  Fleming added four assists and three rebounds, while junior guard Jeremy Larkin scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Lancers (14-3, 2-1 GCL South) – No. 6 in The Enquirer’s Division I coaches’ poll.  The win was the eighth in the last nine games for La Salle.

No. 2 Elder (16-1, 2-1), which started the season 16-0 for the first time since the 1971-72 season, was led by senior guard Brad Miller’s 18 points and four rebounds.  Junior guard Frankie Hofmeyer, the Panthers’ leading scorer, had 12 points while junior forwards Nick Hall and Peyton Ramsey chipped in 10 points each.  La Salle doubled Elder in three-point goals, 10-5, including five during the Lancers’ second-quarter run.

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Moeller used a 10-2 run in the third quarter to erase a four-point deficit and hang on for a close victory at St. Xavier, earning the Crusaders their fourth consecutive win and a share of the GCL South lead with Elder and La Salle.  Junior guard Nate Georgeton and sophomore forward Riley Voss each scored nine points for No. 8 Moeller (10-6, 2-1), which won despite hitting only 11 of 26 field goals in the game.

St. Xavier (12-5, 0-3) also did not have a double-figure scorer, with seniors James Heskett and Jack Westerfield scoring nine points each to lead the Bombers.  No. 9  St. Xavier, which had connected on 116 three-point goals entering the game, was just 4-for-18 from long range.  The Bombers lost for the second straight game after putting together a six-game winning streak entering last Friday’s game at Elder.