GCL South Tuesday Night Basketball Roundup

01/06/2016

Posted on 1/6/2016 at 12:57 p.m.

Moeller Beats CovCath, Elder Suffers First Loss In Interstate Showdowns

Tuesday night provided the final non-league tune-ups for basketball teams in the Greater Catholic League South Division heading into Friday’s GCL South Opening Night.  It was a mixed review for the four league teams, with Moeller and Elder splitting their interstate road games against Northern Kentucky’s top teams, La Salle posting a victory on the road, and St. Xavier losing a close game at home.

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

Cooper 47, Elder 45 – The Panthers led by five after three quarters, but Cooper – No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Northern Kentucky area coaches’ poll – rallied for the close victory to hand Elder its first loss.  Cooper (12-1), which has won 10 straight games, got three free throws from junior guard Sean McNeil in the final minute.  Senior Frankie Hofmeyer paced Elder (10-1) with 11 points, while Ryan Custer and Nick Hall had 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively.  Elder entered the game ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Greater Cincinnati Division I poll, followed by La Salle and Moeller.

La Salle 64, Hughes 47 – The Lancers got a team-high 19 points from junior guard C.J. Fleming, who returned to action after missing a game because of an injury, to help post a road victory.  Junior forward Joe Hartmann added 12, hitting all six of his free-throw attempts, and Jeremy Larkin scored 9 for the No. 2-ranked Lancers (8-1).  La Salle’s lone loss is to Dillard, Fla. in the championship game of the Kingdom of the Sun in Ocala, Fla. 

Moeller 64, Covington Catholic 51 -  Senior guard Nate Georgeton scored a team-high 17 points, while Trey McBride and Riley Voss each added 15 as the No. 3-ranked Crusaders (10-1) knocked off Covington Catholic on the road.  CovCath (9-5) is ranked No. 2 in The Enquirer’s Northern Kentucky poll.  It was a strong first half for Moeller, which built a 38-17 lead at the break and held on for the victory. 

Roger Bacon 52, St. Xavier 46 – The Bombers suffered yet another close defeat, this time falling to the GCL Co-Ed member Spartans – No. 2 in The Enquirer’s Division III area poll.  Senior guard Johnny Bubenhofer led St. Xavier (4-6), scoring 12 points off the bench, while Gage Hammann and Pete Rumpke recorded six and five rebounds, respectively, to pace the Bombers – which have lost six games by a total of 23 points.

GCL South play begins Friday, with La Salle traveling to The Pit to face Elder as the Panthers attempt to extend their home winning streak to 17 games.  Elder’s last loss at home was on January 31, 2014, when Moeller beat Elder, 55-52, in overtime.  The Panthers are 6-0 at home this season.

Moeller, vying to win at least a share of the GCL South title for the fourth consecutive year, hosts St. Xavier in the Friday’s other GCL South game.  Elder, La Salle and Moeller tied for the league crown last season, each finishing with 4-2 records in the GCL South.  Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m.