Elder Hands Purcell Marian Its First Loss Of Season


Posted on 12/18/2015 at 7:57 a.m.

Panthers Look To Make It Six Wins In 12 Days This Weekend

Seniors Frankie Hofmeyer and Peyton Ramsey each scored 14 points, and senior forward Ryan Custer came off the bench to add eight to help Elder – No. 2 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll – defeat Purcell Marian, 59-50, Tuesday night at Elder.  Purcell Marian entered the game unbeaten and Ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division III weekly poll.  Elder has now won 13 straight games at The Pit.

Like its Greater Catholic League South Division colleague, No. 3 La Salle (3-0) also remained unbeaten with a win Tuesday night.  The Lancers, who did not play their first regular-season game until one week ago because of the school’s successful defense of the Division II state football championship, defeated Withrow, 59-40, at La Salle.  The Lancers have now won their three games by an average margin of 15.3 points.

Elder’s Hofmeyer, the GCL South’s second-leading  leading scorer averaging 20.8 points per game, has now scored 14 or more points in each of the Panthers’ four games.  He and Ramsey, who scored eight of his points in the fourth quarter, helped Elder (4-0) rally from a 32-27 halftime deficit to outscore a talented Purcell Marian team, 13-6, in the third quarter and then 19-12 in the final eight minutes to win the third game in four days.

Custer had a big basket for Elder in the final minutes, knocking down one of his team’s five three-point goals with just over two minutes remaining to extend Elder’s lead to 51-47.  The Panthers were solid at the free-throw line, connecting on 16-f-21 attempts, including a perfect 6-of-6 by Ramsey and 7-of-10 by Hofmeyer.  Senior Kameron Moore led Purcell Marian (6-1) with 17 points and five rebounds.

La Salle junior guard C.F. Fleming continued his torrid early-season scoring against Withrow – totaling a season-high 28 points by hitting 9-of-14 field goals, including 5-of-8 from three-point range and all five of his free throws.  Fleming leads the GCL South in scoring, averaging 22.7 points.  He was joined in double figures by senior Jeremy Larkin, who scored 11 in his first game of the season.

Elder can notch six wins its 12 days should it post consecutive victories the next two nights.  The Panthers host Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy at 7:30 tonight, and then welcome Withrow to The Pits for a 4 p.m. game Saturday. No. 1 Moeller (3-0) has two games this weekend, hosting Winton Woods at 7:30 tonight and then traveling to Centerville at 7:3 Saturday.

La Salle and St. Xavier are off until Tuesday, when the Lancers host GCL Co-Ed member McNicholas at 7:30 p.m.  St. Xavier (2-2), which hasn’t played since posting a 59-40 win at Thurgood Marshall last Saturday, travels to face Greater Miami Conference member Princeton at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.