La Salle, Moeller Tied Atop GCL South Hoop Standings


Posted on 2/3/2016 at 11:06 a.m.

Fleming Scores 20 Tuesday To Lead Lancers To Ninth Straight Victory

Junior guard C.J. Fleming scored a game-high 20 points and La Salle outscored Moeller, 10-4, in a key third quarter to help the Lancers emerge with a 45-39 victory Tuesday night before a sellout crowd at La Salle High School’s Bill Cady Court.  The win, La Salle’s ninth in a row, snapped Moeller’s nine-game winning streak and pulled the Lancers even with the Crusaders with two league games remaining.

In Tuesday’s other game involving a Greater Catholic League South Division team, Elder went on the road and recorded a 63-39 victory over GCL C0-Ed member Roger Bacon behind a game-high 22 points from senior guard Frankie Hofmeyer.  The Panthers used big second and fourth quarters against Roger Bacon, outscoring the Spartans, 20-8 and 15-6 in those two periods, respectively, to take control.

Against Moeller, it was Fleming who had the hot hand for La Salle (17-2, 3-1 GCL South) -  ranked No. 3 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll - hitting 5-of-9 field goals, including 3-of-5 from three point-range, and knocking down 7-of-8 free throws.  La Salle hit 7-of-15 three-pointers, as junior guard Tre Crigler added nine points on 3-of-7 shooting from long range.  The Lancers shot 43.8 percent from the field (14-of-32).

Senior guard Trey McBride was the lone player in double figures for No. 1 Moeller (16-2, 3-1), which suffered its first loss since December 27, a 39-33 setback in Myrtle Beach, S.C. to highly regarded Seton Hall Prep, N.J.  The Crusaders, also No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press Division I state rankings, went 14-of-37 from the field (37.8 percent) and made just 4-of-17 free throws.

La Salle has now won 18 straight games at home dating back to the final game of the 2013-14 regular season.  But the Lancers will finish the GCL South schedule on the road, traveling to St. Xavier Friday night and then closing league play with a game that could decide the title at Moeller on Friday, February 12.  Moeller has lost just one home game in the last three-plus seasons.

No. 5 Elder (14-4, 2-2) also is alive in the GCL South race and has its final two league games at The Pit.  The Panthers, who earned a share of the league title last season with La Salle and Moeller, have a key game against Moeller on Friday night and then close the regular season versus St. Xavier on Friday, February 12.  Two victories and a loss by La Salle in its final two games would again earn Elder a share of the title.