GCL South Friday Night Basketball Roundup


Posted on 1/30/2016 at 8:59 a.m.

Moeller, La Salle Extend Streaks To Set Up First-Place Showdown

Both Moeller and La Salle won their Greater Catholic League South Division basketball games Friday night, extending their impressive respective winning streaks in the process and setting up a first-place showdown when the two schools play Tuesday night at a sold-out La Salle’s Bill Cady Court.  The game was originally scheduled for eight days ago, but was rescheduled because of a projected winter storm that evening.

Moeller (16-1, 3-0 GCL South), the current GCL South leader vying for at least a share of its fourth straight league championship, extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a 49-32 win at St. Xavier Friday behind a game-high 20 points from senior guard Nate Georgeton.  La Salle (15-2, 2-1) overcome a slow start offensively to win its seventh consecutive game, knocking off Elder, 39-37, at La Sale to move into sole possession of second place.

The two schools will place twice in the final three league games, beginning with Tuesday’s first meeting at La Salle.  Tipoff is 7:30 that night in a game that was sold out previously.  Fans who purchased tickets to the originally scheduled January 22 game should use them for admittance Tuesday night.  La Salle is scheduled to play at Moeller in the regular-season finale for both teams on Friday,  February 12.

The victory by Moeller over St. Xavier (5-12, 0-4) extended the Crusaders’ winning streak against the Bombers to 21 straight games dating back to February 17, 2006, when St. Xavier last defeated Moeller, 64-53.  Moeller, ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll and N9. 3 in this week’s Associated Press Division I state rankings, has not lost in over a month.  The Crusaders’ lone blemish is to Seton Hall Prep, N.J., 39-33, over the Christmas holiday.

Georgeton, who ranks second in the GCL South in assists averaging 4.5 per game, was 7-of-12 from the field against St. Xavier as Moeller shot nearly 50 percent from the field (17-of-36) and nailed 7-of-15 three-point goals.  Senior guard Kenny Wead came off the bench to add 10 points, hitting 3-of-5 three-pointers.  Senior forward Henry Kuechly led St. Xavier with 12 points.  The Bombers were held to just 11-of-31 shooting in the game.

For the first eight minutes, it looked as though La Salle might suffer its first home defeat this season as Elder held the Lancers scoreless to take a 6-0 lead after one quarter.  But La Salle battled back to take a one-point lead, 16-15, at halftime when senior guard Tre Crigler sank a three-pointer as the halftime buzzer sounded.  Ultimately, the Lancers would avenge a 56-50 loss at Elder earlier this month and go to 7-0 at home.

Junior guard C.F. Fleming scored 10 of his game-high 16 points in the second half for No. 4 La Salle, which converted all six of its free-throw attempts  down the stretch to preserve the close victory – which has become almost expected in this series.  Senior forward Ryan Custer led Elder with 14 points and seven rounds, while senior guard Frankie Hofmeyer added nine points and five rebounds.

No. 3 Elder (13-4, 2-2) played its third straight game without senior started Peyton Ramsey, a defensive standout who is sidelined with an injury.  The Panthers saw their two-game winning streak snapped by La Salle.  Elder opened the season by going 10-0, but has now dropped four of its last seven games.  Elder tied for the GCL South title last year along with La Salle and Moeller.

Two GCL South teams are in action tonight, with La Salle remaining home for an intriguing matchup against No. 8 Walnut Hills (13-3), which extended its winning streak to six Friday with a 59-35 win over Withrow.  St. Xavier travels to Hamilton (7-10) to face the Greater Miami Conference Big Blue.  The Bombers defeated GMC member Fairfield, 47-37, on the road in their last non-conference game.  Hamilton knocked off Sycamore, 88-47, Friday.

MOELLER-ST. X REPLAY – The Moeller-St. Xavier game will be replayed on Time Warner SportsChannel twice today and again on Tuesday.  TWC SportsChannel, the official broadcast partner of the GCL South, will air the game at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. today and again at 3 p.m. Tuesday.  Scott Leo handles the play-by-play duties, while Richard Skinner from Local 12 sports provides the color analysis.