GCL South Saturday Night Basketball Preview


Posted on 1/23/2016 9:18 p.m.

Elder-St. Xavier Rescheduled For Today; Moeller Streak On Line

Three of the four Greater Catholic League South Division basketball teams play today, including the rescheduled league matchup between Elder and St. Xavier that was postponed Friday because of the predicted inclement weather for Greater Cincinnati.  Moeller is the other GCL South team in action tonight, as the top-ranked Crusaders look to extend their seven-game winning streak against unbeaten Wilmington in an intriguing game.

Elder (11-3, 1-1 GCL South), ranked No. 4 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll, can move to within one-half game of first-place leader Moeller in the GCL South with a victory at St. Xavier.  The varsity game tips off at 5 p.m., preceded by the freshman and junior varsity games at 3 and 4:30, respectively.  Tickets are available and can be purchased at the gate or online at www.stxavier.org.

The Panthers have won four straight against St. Xavier (5-10, 0-1), winning both meetings each of the last two seasons.  Prior to Elder’s winning streak, St. Xavier had won three straight in the series.  The game features two of the league’s top scorers in senior guard Frankie Hofmeyer of Elder (second at 17.9 points) and senior guard Johnny Bubenhofer of St. Xavier (fourth, 11.8).  St. Xavier is coming off a road win at Fairfield, 47-37, Tuesday.

No. 1 Moeller (14-1) steps out of league play to host No. 3 Wilmington (15-0) at 7:30 p.m. tonight.  Moeller – which also is ranked No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press Division I state rankings - has won seven straight games since a 39-33 loss to Seton Hall Prep, N.J. in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and coach Carl Kremer’s team have lost only one home game in the last three-plus seasons – that a 42-41 setback to Centerville last February.

It won’t be easy against Wilmington – No. 5 in the AP state poll - and University of Cincinnati signee Jarron Cumberland, who became the school’s all-time leading scorer with nearly 2,000 career points earlier this month.  Cumberland had a game-high 24 in the Hurricane 89-36 victory over East Clinton Friday night.  Cumberland, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior guard, averaged 24.5 points and helped Wilmington finish 24-2 last season.

Tickets to the game are available and can be purchased at the gate.

The game will be televised live by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the official broadcast partner of the GCL South.  Fans in Greater Cincinnati can watch the game on TWC channels 99, 311 and 1311 HD.  The game will be replayed on TWC SportsChannel at 11 a.m. Sunday and again at 2 p.m. Monday.  Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is the home for Ohio high school sports.