La Salle, Moeller Move Into First-Place Tie With Wins


Posted 2/7/2015 at 7:22am

La Salle and Moeller both posted victories in key GCL South basketball games Friday, moving into a tie atop the standings with two league games remaining.  La Salle got a season-high 28 points from sophomore guard C.J. Fleming to defeat St. Xavier, 64-55, at La Salle, while Moeller avenged an earlier one-point loss in overtime at Elder with a 48-43 win over the Panthers at Moeller.

Fleming, who leads the GCL South in scoring, had a terrific shooting night – hitting 8 if 12 field goals, including 4-for-8 from three-point range, and connecting on 8 of 9 free throws for La Salle – ranked No. 4 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly coaches’ poll.  Junior guard Jeremy Larkin added 16 points for the Lancers (15-3, 3-1 GCL South), who have won nine of their last 10 games.

Sophomore guard Sam Martin and senior guard Josh Theis each had 12 points to lead No. 10 St. Xavier (12-6, 0-4), which hit 8 of 15 three-pointers and went 11 of 12 from the free-throw line in its second loss to La Salle this season.  Both teams are scheduled to play non-conference games tonight, with La Salle traveling to No. 9 Walnut Hills (13-3) at 7:30, and St. Xavier going on the road to face GCL Co-Ed member Bishop Fenwick (7-10) at 7:30.

Sophomore forward Riley Voss and senior guard Grant Pitman scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, to lead No. 7 Moeller (12-6, 3-1) to its sixth consecutive victory and extend its home winning streak to 25 games.  Pitman’s three-pointer with 3:14 helped the Crusaders stop an 8-0 Elder run that had cut Moeller’s lead to 35-34.  Voss, who had seven points during a key 9-0 run in the third quarter,  also led his team with seven rebounds.

No. 3 Elder (17-2, 2-2), which has dropped two of its last three games after starting 16-0, was led by 11 points from senior forward Mitch Moorhead and 10 points each from juniors Frankie Hofmeyer and Peyton Ramsey.  The Panthers – ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Division I state poll – were victimized by a scoring drought in the first and second quarters that lasted nearly nine and a half minutes.

Moeller travels to Winton Woods (5-14) at 7:30 tonight.  Elder is off until Tuesday, when the Panther are at Withrow (1-16).