Moeller, Elder, La Salle Remain Undefeated In Hoops

12/27/2015

Posted on 12/26/2015 at 4:30 p.m.

GCL South Teams Take 19-3 Record Into Holiday Tournaments

Moeller, Elder and La Salle - which sit in that order atop The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll in the latest rankings - each recorded non-conference basketball victories Tuesday night to remain undefeated as they prepare to travel over the next two weeks and participate in nationally regarded  holiday tournaments in Florida and South Carolina.

With victories by three of the four Greater Catholic League South Division teams last night, the league has a combined 19-3 record after three-plus weeks of the regular season.  St. Xavier, which plays the final game for GCL South schools before this weekend when it hosts Lakota West at 7:30 tonight, has lost three games by a combined 11 points, including a five-point defeat to Winton Woods in overtime.

Here is a look at GCL South games Tuesday night:

Moeller 42, Oak Hills 39 – Moeller was led by 10 points from junior guard Keegan McDowell, who was the lone Crusader in double figures.  Moeller (6-0) dominated the boards against Oak Hills, 27-14, with senior guard Trey McBride pulling down a team-high six rebounds, and Sam McCracken and Riley Voss each grabbing four to extend Moeller’s regular-season winning streak to eight games.  

Elder 47, Hamilton 36 – Elder overcame a rare off-shooting night to defeat Hamilton and extend its winning streak at The Pit to 16 games.  The Panthers, who are 6-0 at home this season, hit just 16-of-41 from the field (39 percent) and made only 10-of-19 free throws.  Senior guard Frankie Hofmeyer led Elder (7-0) with 18 points, while senior forward Ryan Custer added nine points and five rebounds.

La Salle 71, McNicholas 33 – Starting the season late after winning the Division II state football championship for the second straight year has not hurt La Salle (4-0), which remained unbeaten by defeating the GCL Co-d member Rockets.  Junior guard C.J. Fleming led the Lancers with 15 points, including three three-pointers, while junior Da’Meak Brandon added 13 for coach Dan Fleming’s team.

Princeton 48, St. Xavier 45 – A slow start that enabled Princeton to build a 12-point lead at halftime proved to be too much for St. Xavier (2-3), which rallied in the final two quarters but fell just short on the road.  Senior guard Johnny Bubenhofer led the Bombers with 11 points, while Daniel Keyes had nine and Bobby Jefferson added eight.  Two of St. Xavier’s losses have been by three points, the third by five in OT.