GCL South Holiday Hoops Tournament Roundup


Posted on 12/31/2015 at 12:29 p.m.

Elder Defends Tourney Title, La Salle Looks To Win Its Event Tonight

All four Greater Catholic League South Division members posted victories Wednesday in their respective holiday basketball tournaments.  Elder completed a successful defense of the Fort Lauderdale Beach Holiday Classic, La Salle advanced to the finals of the Kingdom of the Sun, Moeller advanced to the fifth-place game of the prestigious Beach Ball Classic, and St. Xavier posted its second straight win in the St. Pius X Christmas Classic.

Here is a look at the GCL South games played Wednesday:

Elder 53, Westminster Academy, Fla. 49 – Seniors Frankie Hofmeyer and Ryan Custer combined to score 31 points, including six three-point goals, to lead Elder back from a four-point halftime deficit to victory in the championship game of the Fort Lauderdale Beach Holiday Classic.  The win kept the Panthers undefeated this season and also gave coach Joe Schoenfeld’s team a successful defense of its tournament championship.

Elder (10-0), which beat the host school, 65-62, in last year’s final, was led by Hofmeyer’s 17 and 14 from Custer, who was 4-of-6 from three-point range.  Senior Peyton Ramsey added five points and five rebounds, and senior guard Joey Sabato had six assists.  Elder opens the New Year by traveling to Cooper (9-1), one of Northern Kentucky’s top teams, on Tuesday, January 5, before hosting La Salle in the GCL South opener for both schools on Friday, January 8.

La Salle 53, Lake Highland Prep, Fla. 51 – The Lancers are still undefeated and just one win away from capturing the Kingdom of the Sun championship in Ocala, Fla., after outscoring Lake Highland Prep from Orlando, 14-8, in the final quarter to advance to the championship game.  Junior forward Joe Hartmann tipped in a missed shot with three seconds left to give the Lancers the semifinal win.  CJ. Fleming led La Salle with 17 points.

La Salle (7-0) will play Dillard (11-5) from Fort Lauderdale in today’s 7 p.m. title game at Vanguard High School.  Dillard knocked off the host school in Wednesday’s other semifinal, 49-47.  After competing in tonight’s championship game, the Lancers return to Cincinnati to play at Hughes on Tuesday, January 5, in the Lancers’ final non-conference tune-up before traveling to Elder in what could be a matchup of unbeaten teams on Friday, January 8.

Moeller 59, St. Francis, Ga. 42 – The Crusaders rebounded from their only loss this season to post a double-digit victory in the Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach, S.C. Convention Center.  Senior forward Sam McCracken led three players in double figures with 15 points, while guards Keegan McDowell and Trey McBride each added 12.  McBride also led Moeller with a team-high seven rebounds.

Moeller (8-1) closes play in the Beach Ball Classic today, facing nationally ranked Mater Dei (13-1) from Santa Ana, Calif. in the fifth-place game of the prestigious national showcase.  Mater Dei defeated Bartow, Fla., 62-53, to stay alive in the event.  After today’s game, Moeller returns home for an interstate game at Covington Catholic on Tuesday, January 5, before hosting St. Xavier in the first night of GCL South play on Friday, January 8.

St. Xavier 50, Cardinal Newman, SC 42 – The Bombers used a big third quarter, outscoring Cardinal Newman, 17-8, to erase a three-point halftime defict and win their second straight game in the St. Pius X Christmas Classic in Alpharetta, Ga.  Junior guard Greg Ruppert scored a season-high 19 points, including four three-point goals, for St. Xavier.  Senior Henry Kuechly added five assists and five rebounds.

St. Xavier (4-5) returns home from one of the nation’s most revered Catholic school tournaments to face GCL Co-Ed member Roger Bacon at St. Xavier on Tuesday, January 5.  The Bombers open GCL South play at Moeller on Friday, January 8.