GCL South Tuesday Night Basketball Roundup


Posted on 1/15/2016 at 9:53 a.m.

Oak Hills Defeats Rival Elder; La Salle, Moeller Record Road Victories

Greater Catholic League South Division members Moeller and La Salle went on the road and posted non-conference basketball victories Tuesday night, but it wasn’t the same good fortune for Elder – ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll.  The Panthers might have had the shortest distance to travel, but it could not prevent Elder from suffering its second loss in eight days, this time to neighborhood rival Oak Hills.

Here is a look at  games involving GCL South teams Tuesday:

Oak Hills 44, Elder 41 – Junior guard Ryan Batte snapped a 38-38 tie with a jump shot, and junior guard Luke Rudy converted four free throws in the final minute to help No. 6 Oak Hills snap a four-game losing streak in the series.  The Highlanders (9-3) played solid defense against Elder and led most of the game, but trailed 34-33 entering the fourth quarter after Elder’s Joey Sabato scored in the final seconds of the third quarter. 

Frankie Hofmeyer, Ryan Custer and Deshawn Mosley each scored 10 points for Elder (11-2), which hit just 5-of-16 three-point attempts and was only 2-of-7 from the free-throw line.  Senior guard Michael Lake, one of only three players to score for Oak Hills, led all scorers with 16 points, while Rudy and Batte added 15 and 13, respectively.  Oak Hills did a solid job defensively on Hofmeyer, who entered the game second in scoring in the league.

Moeller 63, Western Hills 37 – The Crusaders extended their winning streak to five games behind balanced scoring, with junior guard Keegan McDowell leading all scorers with 14, and senior guards Trey McBride and Kenny Wead each adding nine points.  No. 2 Moeller (12-1) built a 29-15 halftime lead to remain undefeated against teams from Ohio this season.  The Crusaders’ lone defeat is to Seton Hall Prep, N.J. in late December.

La Salle 55, Lakota West 43 – The Lancers got a game-high 26 points from junior guard C.J. Fleming, the leading scorer in the GCL South, and 16 from senior guard Jeremy Larkin to earn the road win.  No. 5 La Salle (10-2) had to rally in the second half after falling behind the No. 10 Firebirds (6-6), 26-17 at halftime.  Fleming scored half of his points at the free-throw line, converting 13 of his team’s 18 free throws in the game.