GCL South Friday Night Basketball Preview

01/29/2016

Posted on 1/29/2016 at 1:04 p.m.

Moeller, La Salle Look To Extend Lengthy Winning Streaks 

Moeller, which currently owns a half-game lead in the Greater Catholic League South Division race, and La Salle will attempt to extend winning streaks in key league basketball games scheduled tonight.  Moeller, which has won eight straight, travels to St. Xavier looking to remain unbeaten in the GCL South, while La Salle hosts Elder as the Lancers try to make it seven straight and move into sole possession of second place in the league.

Heading into tonight, Moeller (15-1, 2-0 GCL South) owns a half-game over Elder in the GCL South.  The Crusaders, ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll and No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press state poll, have won eight straight games and are undefeated in 2016 at 6-0.  Moeller also has won 20 consecutive games over St. Xavier (6-10, 0-3), which hopes to earn its first GCL South victory.

The Crusaders haven’t played since Saturday, when coach Carl Kremer’s team posted a 40-31 victory over previously undefeated Wilmington, which was ranked No. 5 in the state entering the game.  Moeller features a balanced scoring attack, with five players averaging 7.2 points or more.  Senior guard Trey McBride is the leader, averaging 11.9 points per game.  St. Xavier is led by senior guard Johnny Bubenhofer, who averages 11.4 points.

No. 3 Elder (13-3, 2-1) hopes to remain in sole possession of second place with a win at La Salle.  The Panthers are riding a modest two-game winning streak after losing three of their previous four games.  Elder – which began the season a perfect 10-0 – also defeated La Salle in the first meeting between the schools, winning 56-50 on January 8 at The Pit behind senior guard Frankie Hofmeyer, the league’s leading scorer.

No. 4 La Salle (14-2, 1-1) has not lost since falling at Elder.  The Lancers, who are 6-0 at home, are led by junior guard C.J. Fleming – who leads the GCL South in scoring and poured in a game-high 21, just above his season average, in the first meeting.  The Lancers get solid production from senior Jeremy Larkin, who ranks in the top five in the GCL South in scoring (fifth, 11.0), steals (second, 1.8) and assists (fifth, 1.8).

Tonight’s game against Elder begins a difficult three-game stretch for La Salle, which steps out of GCL South play Saturday to host No. 8 Walnut Hills (12-3), the Eastern Cincinnati Conference leader and winner of five straight.  The Lancers then will welcome Moeller on Tuesday, February 2, a game that was originally scheduled for Friday, January 22, but was postponed because of the impending winter storm.  Both games will tip off at 7:30 p.m.