GCL South Friday Night Basketball Roundup

01/16/2016

Posted on 1/16/2016 at 10:05 a.m.

Moeller Takes Early League Lead; La Salle Wins Third Straight

Junior forward Riley Voss scored a team-high 14 points,  and Moeller used a big third quarter to open up a double-digit lead and ultimately hold off a fourth-quarter Elder rally behind senior guard Frankie Hofmeyer to record a 56-48 victory over the Panthers in a sold-out Greater Catholic League South Division basketball game Friday night at Moeller.  The win moves Moeller (13-1, 2-0 GCL South) into sole possession of first place in the league.

In Friday’s other GCL South game, junior guard C.F. Fleming scored a game-high 22 points to lead La Salle (11-2, 1-1) to a 56-46 victory over St. Xavier before a sellout crowd at La Salle.  Fleming, who leads the league in scoring averaging 20-plus point, knocked down four of the Lancers’ five three-point goals to give La Salle its third victory in a row and remain tied with Elder one game behind Moeller after one-third of the league schedule.

Moeller, ranked No. 2 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll this week, continued its recent dominance at home. The Crusaders, who have now won six straight games overall, also have won 10 consecutive games on Montgomery Road against Elder dating back a decade.  Moeller, too, has only  lost one home game, 42-41 to Centerville last February, in the last three-plus seasons.

No. 1 Elder (11-3, 1-1), which has now dropped three of its last four games after starting the season a perfect 10-0, last  knocked off the Crusaders on the road on January 28, 2006, emerging with a 68-66 victory.  On Friday night, Hofmeyer did all he could to try and help the Panthers end that streak – drilling five three-pointers in the fourth quarter to wind up with a season-high 29 points.

Moeller, which also got 12 points from senior guard Trey McBride and 11 from junior guard Keegan McDowell, hit 9-of-13 shots in the second half to widen a 20-18 halftime edge, outscoring Elder, 18-9, in the third quarter to take command.  The Crusaders wound up shooting 50 percent (17 of 34) for the game, with Voss going 5-of-5 from the field, making all three three-pointers, and pulling down five rebounds.

In the Battle of North Bend Part 1, No. 5 La Salle was able to build a 31-19 advantage at halftime.  Seniors Jeremy Larkin and Tre Crigler added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lancers – who rebounded from a 56-50 loss at Elder in is GCL South opener last Friday.  Senior guard Johnny Bubenhofer led St. Xavier (4-9, 0-2) with a team-high 20 points, including four of his team’s five three-pointers.

Two of the four GCL South teams are in action tonight, with La Salle hosting GCL Co-Ed member Purcell Marian at 7:30 p.m.  Purcell Marian (12-1) is ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division III poll, with the Cavaliers’ lone loss this season at Elder, 59-50, on  December 15.  Since then, Purcell Marian has won six straight games – including a 61-42 victory over Wyoming on Tuesday night.

St. Xavier also plays tonight, hosting Greater Miami Conference member and No. 6 Oak Hills.  Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.  The Highlanders (9-4) are coming off a last-second loss to Mason, 35-33, Friday night at Oak Hills, when Mason’s Cameron Schreiter banked in a 15-footer at the buzzer to remain unbeaten in the GMC.   Oak Hills was coming off a 44-41 victory over Elder Tuesday night before a capacity crowd at Oak Hills.

Moeller does not play today, but the Crusaders will travel to Otterbein University on Monday to face Westerville Central (5-6) at 4 p.m.  Elder is off until next Friday, when the Panthers travel to St. Xavier for a GCL South game.  La Salle hosts Moeller in next Friday’s other GCL South matchup.