GCL South Friday Night Basketball Roundup

01/09/2016

Posted on 1/9/2016 at 8:00 a.m.

Elder, Moeller Open League Season By Posting Home Victories

Elder and Moeller which, along with La Salle, each shared a third of the Greater Catholic League South Division basketball championship last season, opened league play Friday night by recording home victories – Elder earning a hard-fought, 56-50 win over La Salle to extend its home winning streak to 17 games, and Moeller taking advantage of big first and third quarters and balanced scoring to continue its reign over St. Xavier, 64-47.

Senior guard Frankie Hofmeyer scored a game-high 19 points, and Elder (11-1, 1-0 GCL South) built a double-digit lead entering the fourth quarter and was able to hold off a furious La Salle rally to improve to 7-0 at home this season.  The Panthers, who also got 11 and 10 points, respectively, from seniors Ryan Custer and Peyton Ramsey, are ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll this week.

Junior guard C.J. Fleming led La Salle (8-2, 0-1) – tied at No. 2 with Moeller - with 21 points, while backcourt mate Tre Crigler added 10 for the Lancers – who opened the final quarter on a 12-5 run behind eight points from Fleming to cut the lead to 44-41.  La Salle got as close as 52-50 in the final 15 seconds, but Ramsey and Hofmeyer – who made three of the Panthers’ five three-point goals - each sank two free throws to put the game away.

Elder hit only 18-of-33 free throws in the games, but Ramsey made five of his final six down the stretch as the Panthers – who suffered 10 straight losses to La Salle from December 2008 to January 2014 – have now won four of the last five in the series, including a 60-59 overtime win at The Pit last season.  Elder swept the series in the 2013-14 season, and the two teams split last season.