First Place At Stake Tonight In GCL South Hoops


Posted on 2/13/2015 at 4:22 p.m.

Tonight’s games could go a long way in determining this season’s GCL South basketball champion.  Currently, La Salle and Moeller are locked in a tie for first place, while Elder is one game back entering the final eight days of the regular season.  Elder travels to St. Xavier in an attempt to stay alive in the race, while Moeller is at La Salle in a game that will catapult the winner into sole possession of the league lead.

Elder, No. 5 in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly coaches’ poll, is looking to snap a two-game league losing streak.  The Panthers opened the season with 16 consecutive wins before dropping GCL South games on consecutive Friday nights, at La Salle and then at Moeller.  Elder (17-2, 2-2 GCL South) , which beat Withrow, 72-48, in a non-league game Tuesday, is hoping to sweep the season series against St. Xavier (13-6, 0-4).

Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. at St. Xavier’s Berning Gymnasium.  St. Xavier has lost three of its last four, but the Bombers are coming off a 59-43 win at GCL Co-Ed member Bishop Fenwick last Saturday.   Elder, which hosts La Salle next Friday in its GCL South finale, defeated St. Xavier, 60-54, last month at Elder.

Moeller and La Salle – which play at 7;30 tonight at La Salle - are the two hottest teams in the GCL South.  No. 7 Moeller (13-6, 3-1) has won seven straight games – including a 42-38 overtime win at home over La Salle on January 23.  Senior forward Kurtis Hoffman and junior guard Trey McBride had 11 and 10 points, respectively, in that game for Moeller – which outscored La Salle, 4-0, in the extra period.

No. 6 La Salle (15-4, 3-1) has won nine of its last 11 games, the lone defeats during that span being the OT loss at Moeller and a 48-44 setback at Walnut Hills last Saturday.  The Lancers are led by sophomore guard C.J. Fleming, who leads the league in scoring at 16.6 points per game, and is third in rebounding, pulling down 4.6 a game.  Moeller held Fleming to eight points in the first meeting.