GCL South Friday Night Basketball Preview


Posted on 1/15/2016 at 12:54 p.m.

Elder-Moeller, La Salle-St. Xavier Meet In Key League Games

It might seem a bit overstated to stress the importance of a league game this early in the season, but not if you are a member of the Greater Catholic League South Division.  With only six league games on the schedule, each one carries plenty of significance – even on just the second Friday night of GCL South play, with Elder scheduled to travel to Moeller and St. Xavier heading to La Salle for the Battle of North Bend Road Part 1.

Last season, Elder, La Salle and Moeller wound up tied atop the GCL South with 4-2 records.  And, with those three teams ranked in the top five of The Enquirer’s latest Division I area coaches’ poll, it could be another logjam in the league.  No. 1 Elder (11-2, 1-0 GCL south), coming off two losses in its last three games,  is hoping to do something few have managed to do recently – win at No. 2 Moeller (12-1, 1-0).

In fact, only Centerville has been victorious playing at Moeller the last three-plus seasons – with the Elks winning, 42-41, on February 14 last season.  Besides that game, Moeller has not lost at home since La Salle won, 42-34, on February 17, 2012.  Moeller is 5-0 at home this season – including a 64-47 win over St. Xavier last Friday on the Opening Night of play in the GCL South.  Senior guard Trey McBride led Moeller with 15 points.

That same night, Elder held off a furious La Salle rally to defeat the Lancers, 56-50, at The Pit.  Elder senior guard Frankie Hofmeyer, second in the GCL South in scoring at 17.1 points per game, led three double-figure scorers with 19 points.  Elder and Moeller have split each of the last two seasons, with Moeller winning both games at home, and Elder claiming victories in the two games played in Price Hill, both in overtime.

Elder, too has lost its last two road games – the latest loss at Oak Hills, 44-41, on Tuesday.

No. 5 La Salle (10-2, 0-1) and junior guard C.J. Fleming are looking for their third straight win after last Friday’s loss at Elder.  The Lancers have posted two non-league victories since, knocking off Lebanon and then Lakota West on Tuesday, when Fleming scored a game-high 26 points (that included 13 made free throws).  Fleming, son of Lancers’ coach, Dan Fleming, is averaging a league-best 19.4 points per game.

The Lancers will host St. Xavier (4-8, 0-1) in front of a capacity crowd at Bill Cady Court.  The game was announced as a sellout Friday morning.  The Bombers have had their share of close games this season, losing seven of their eight games by a total of 23 points – including two by one point, two by three points and a five-point setback in OT.  Senior guard Johnny Bubenhofer is fourth in the league in scoring, at 10.9 points per game.

The game will be broadcast on Boxcast.  Fans can go to www.lasallehs.net, click on Athletics, and there is a tab to subscribe.