Elder, Moeller Advance in Sectional Tournament Hoops


Posted on 3/4/2015 at 8:23 a.m.

La Salle Looks To Move Forward Tonight, Weather Permitting

Elder and Moeller posted sectional tournament victories Tuesday night, but they came in very different ways for both schools to keep their postseason hopes alive.  Elder – plying rival Oak Hills in its opener – used a strong fourth quarter to win 51-41 in the Cincinnati 4 Sectional at Hamilton High School.  Moeller jumped out to a 35-6 halftime lead and cruised to a 72-24 win over Ross in the Cincinnati 5 Sectional at Fairfield High School.

St. Xavier wasn’t as fortunate, as the Bombers fell to Turpin, 50-46, in the Cincinnati 2 Sectional at Lakota West High School – unable to defeat the Spartans for a second time this season.  St. Xavier, which finishes 14-9, beat Turpin, 65-56, at St. Xavier in early December.  La Salle will attempt to advance tonight, when it plays Hamilton, weather permitting, in the Cincinnati 3 Sectional at Lakota West High School.  Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

Elder (21-2), which has now won four consecutive games, led 22-20 at halftime in a game that saw seven lead changes.  But the Panthers turned it up in the final quarter, outscoring Oak Hills, 20-11, behind junior guard Frankie Hofmeyer, who scored all 11 of his points in the second half.  Senior forward Mitch Moorhead led Elder with 12 points, all coming in the first three quarters, and junior forward Peyton Ramsey added 10.

The Panthers advance to meet Lakota East (22-2) in the sectional final at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.  Lakota East, which has won 13 games in a row, advanced with a 65-49 victory over Winton Woods Tuesday night.

Moeller (16-8) had a strong shooting night against Ross, hitting 24 of 43 field goals and going 12 of 20 from three-point range.  Senior forward Grant Pitman led a balanced scoring attack for the Crusaders, with 17 points – including 5 of 9 from the field, 5-for-6 from three-point range, and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.  Junior guard Trey McBride and senior forward Brad Munz each added 10 points for Moeller – which had 13 players score.

The Crusaders, who have outscored their first two tournament opponents by a combined 127-43, advance to meet Walnut Hills (19-5) in the sectional  final at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Fairfield high School.  Walnut Hills advanced with a 44-40 win over Mt. Healthy Tuesday night.

St. Xavier was unable to extend it season against Turpin, despite 23 points from sophomore guard Sam Martin.  The Bombers struggled from the field, connecting on just 15 if 51 shots and 2-for-22 from three-point range.  Turpin was led by 18 points from Isiah Bostic.

La Salle (18-5) is vying to defeat Hamilton for the second time this season.  The Lancers got past the Big Blue (8-15) in the regular-season opener back on December 6, when the Lancers were somewhat shorthanded after winning the Division II state football championship a day earlier.  La Salle is at full strength now, and is looking to win its fourth game in the last five, the lone loss in overtime, 60-59, at Elder in the regular-season finale.