Three GCL Schools In Sectional Hoop Finals Tonight


Posted on 3/6/2015 at 11:20 a.m.

Classic GCL South-GMC DH At Xavier’s Cintas Center

C. J. Fleming and Jeremy Larkin combined to score 36 points and grab 12 rebounds Thursday night, helping La Salle emerge with a 65-52 victory over Hamilton in the Cincinnati 3 Sectional at Lakota West High School.  The Lancers’ victory means that three members of the GCL South – Elder, La Salle and Moeller - will attempt to win sectional titles tonight and move on to next week’s Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Finals.

La Salle and Elder, which defeated Oak Hills earlier in the week to advance to its sectional final, will be matched up with the top two teams in the Greater Miami Conference in a sectional doubleheader tonight at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.  La Salle (19-5) will play Mason (20-1) in the first game at 6 p.m. for the sectional title, followed by Elder (21-2) against Lakota East (22-2) in the Cincinnati 4 Sectional Final at 7:30.

Moeller (16-8) will attempt to win the Cincinnati 5 Sectional title, when the Crusaders face Walnut Hills (19-5) at 7:30 tonight at Fairfield High School.   Moeller has been dominant in its two postseason victories, but it won’t be easy against a talented Walnut Hills’ team that has won five straight games and owns a win over GC:L South member La Salle, 48-44, earlier this season. 

The Cintas Center DH includes four teams with a combined 82-10 record.  Mason made it to the regular-season finale unblemished at 19-0, before falling at Lakota East, 63-62, in overtime for the Comets’ lone loss this season.  East enters play tonight riding a 13-game winning streak.  Elder began the season 16-0, the Panthers’ best start since back in 1971-72, before suffering back-to-back league losses at La Salle and at Moeller.

Mason and Lakota East finished second and third, respectively, behind No. 1 Wilmington in The Enquirer’s Division I final coaches’ poll, while Elder was No. 4 and La Salle No. 5. Moeller wound up No. 6, one spot ahead of the Crusaders’ opponent tonight in No. 7 Walnut Hills.

Against Mason, La Salle is hoping to duplicate its shooting performance from last night’s win over Hamilton – a game that was moved back a day because of the winter storm.  La Salle made 23 of 37 field goals, 62.2 percent, while only committing six turnovers. Fleming and Larkin were a combined 11 of 18 from the field and 12 of 16 from the line, helping La Salle score 36 points in the second half after leading by one at halftime.