Moeller Knocks Off Wilmington, Advances To Regional

03/15/2015

Posted on 3/15/2015 at 10:26 a.m.

Season Ends for Elder, La Salle in SW District Championships

Junior guard Trey McBride had team highs of 14 points and 12 rebounds to help Moeller avenge a lopsided regular-season loss to top-ranked Wilmington with a 46-43 victory Saturday evening in an Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District championship game at University of Dayton Arena, earning the Crusaders a berth in this week’s Division I reg8onal semifinals.

Elder and La Salle, also competing in district finals, saw their tremendous seasons end Saturday at UD Arena.  La Salle fell to Springfield, 54-41, in the second of four district games scheduled, while Elder was unable to overcome a 15-0 Centerville run to open the second half, falling to the Elks, 67-62, in the fourth and final game of the day.  La Salle and Elder end their seasons with a combined 42-9 record.

Here is a look at each of the GCL South district games Saturday:

Moeller 46, Wilmington 43 – The Crusaders used a stingy defense, limiting Wilmington to just 27.1 percent shooting from the field (18 of 43) – including going 4-for-23 from three-point range.  Moeller (18-8), which outrebounded Wilmington, 38-26,  also got 11 points and five rebounds from junior guard Nate Georgeton – who converted a key late free throw to give the Crusaders their fifth consecutive victory.

Moeller advances to play Springfield (19-7), which has won eight straight games, in the regional semifinals at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.  Against Springfield, Moeller will be attempting to avenge another regular-season loss – having fallen to the Wildcats, 74-72, in overtime on January 3 at Springfield.

Coach Carl Kremer’s team faced the same challenge Saturday against Wilmington (24-2), which had defeated Moeller, 61-46, at home on December 13 in the Crusaders’ second regular-season game.  Jaevin Cumberland of the Quakers had a huge game that night, scoring 27 points on 10 of 12 shooting, while Jarron Cumberland added 19 points and 10 rebounds.  Wilmington was ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division I final coaches’ poll.

Centerville 67, Elder 62 – The Panthers scored 30 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to erase a double-digit deficit in the fourth and final district title game played Saturday at UD Arena.  Centerville (23-3) scored the first 15 points of the second half, outscoring Elder, 24-11, in the period, to take a 49-32 advantage into the final eight minutes.

Elder (22-3) rallied but could get no closer than the final margin as Centerville extended its winning streak to 10 games.  The Panthers, who tied La Salle and Moeller for the GCL South championship and started the season 16-0, were led by 24 points from junior guard Frankie Hofmeyer and 14 points from junior forward Peyton Ramsey.  

Centerville advances to meet fellow Greater Western Ohio Conference member Huber Heights Wayne (22-4), which defeated Milford, 63-39, in the first district final,  in the regional semis at 8 p.m. Wednesday at XU’s Cintas Center. The two schools split games during the regular season, with Wayne winning at home, 66-45, on January 23, and Centerville winning, 73-69, in overtime at Centerville on February 23.  

Springfield 54, La Salle 41 – Six-foot-nine junior Darius Harper scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Springfield to its eighth consecutive win and keep the Wildcats’ postseason hopes alive.    Sophomore guard C.J. Fleming and junior forward Jeremy Larkin each scored 11 points for the Lancers, who were outrebounded, 39-31, and outscored, 32-18, in the paint.

La Salle (20-6) managed to cut the deficit to one on back-to-back three-pointers by sophomore guard Tre Crigler and Fleming in the fourth quarter, but Springfield sank four consecutive free throws to extend its lead and ended the game on a 12-2 run.  Harper scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in the first half to give Springfield a 22-15 lead at the break, but La Salle managed to take a pair of leads in the third quarter.