La Salle Beats Oak Hills In OT To Extend Streak


Posted on 1/20/2016 at 11:59 a.m.

St. Xavier Posts Road Victory At Fairfield Behind Balanced Scoring

La Salle utilized balanced scoring, with junior guard C.J. Fleming pacing three starters in double figures with 15 points, to post its fifth consecutive victory Tuesday night - outlasting Oak Hills, 61-53, in overtime in a non-conference basketball game at Oak Hills.  Like La Salle, Greater Catholic League member St. Xavier also had three players score in double figures to help the Bombers earn a road win over Fairfield, 47-37.  

Fleming, the GCL South leading scorer averaging 19.6 points entering the game, hit a big three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to tie the game.  Oak Hills had the final possession, but a pass was knocked away by Lancers’ junior forward Joe Hartmann to force OT.   Senior guard Jeremy Larkin scored 13 points and junior guard Tre Crigler added 11 for La Salle (13-2), No. 6 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll.

La Salle built a nine-point halftime lead, 30-21, but the Highlanders rallied back in the second half.  In the end, La Salle was able to overcome eight three-point goals made by No. 5 Oak Hills (10-5).  Junior guard Ryan Batte led the Highlanders, who finished 2-2 this season against the GCL South, defeating Elder and St. Xavier and losing close games to Moeller, 42-39, and La Salle – which is 6-1 this month.

Senior guard Johnny Bubenhofer led St. Xavier (5-10) with 17 points, while sophomore forward Bobby Jefferson added 14 and senior guard Matt Wittrock chipped in 11 for the Bombers against Fairfield.  The Bombers made 15-of-30 field goals and outrebounded Fairfield, 27-14.  Jefferson led St. Xavier with seven rebounds, while senior guard Hunter Lampley grabbed six.  St. Xavier held Fairfield to just 34.9 percent shooting from the field.

This will be anohther huge Friday night in the GCL South, with No. 1 Moeller (14-1, 2-0 GCL South) traveling to La Salle, which trails the Crusaders by one game after one-third of league play.  Moeller will put its seven-game winning streak on the line against the Lancers – whose only loss in January is at Elder, 56-60.  No. 4 Elder (11-3, 1-1) will travel to St. Xavier, which is looking for its first GCL South victory.  Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m.