La Salle Gets By Moeller, Takes Over GCL South Lead

02/14/2015

Posted 2/14/2015 at 12:29 p.m.

Senior guard Joey Wenning came off the bench to score a season-high 15 points and help La Salle rally from an eight-point halftime defect to post a 33-32 victory over Moeller Friday night at La Salle’s Bill Cady’s Gymnasium.  The victory snapped Moeller’s seven game winning streak and moved the Lancers into sole possession of first place in the GCL South with one league game remaining.

La Salle (16-4, 4-1 GCL South) can win the league championship outright with a victory in its final league game.  Elder (19-2, 3-2) remained alive in the race with a 58-45 victory Friday at St. Xavier.  Elder hosts La Salle next Friday, and the Panthers can earn a share of the title with a win.  Moeller (13-7, 3-2) also can earn a share of the title with a home win over St. Xavier next Friday.

Moeller, which knocked off La Salle, 42-38, in overtime in the first meeting this season, held a 16-8 advantage at halftime.  But the Lancers, who hit just 8 of 29 field goals in the game, rallied to outscore Moeller, 14-2, in the third quarter.  Wenning was joined in double figures by sophomore guard C.J. Fleming, who added 11.  Moeller was led by junior guard Trey McBride, who had 13 points and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field.

Each team was whistled for 19 personal fouls.  Moeller, which attempted only 15 field goals and made 10, was 11-for-20 (55 percent) from the free-throw line.  La Salle was a little better, hitting 13 of its 21 (61.9) free throws.  The Lancers wound up with five more free throws than field goals.

Elder kept its GCL title hopes alive with a win at St. Xavier behind 19 points from junior forward Peyton Ramsey .  Junior guards Joey Sabato and Frankie Hofmayer added 11 and 10 points, respectively, as Elder built a seven-point halftime lead.  St. Xavier (13-7, 0-5) was led by nine points from junior guard Henry Kuechly and eight from senior guard Jack Westerfield.  

Three of the four GCL South teams are in action tonight against non-conference opponents.  La Salle, which has now won 10 of its last 12 games, hosts Lakota West (6-13). Moeller returns to its home court, where the Crusaders own a 25-game winning streak, to face Centerville (17-3).  St. Xavier stays at home to welcome in Walnut Hills (16-3).  All three games tip off at 7:30.