Moeller Closes Hoops Regular Season With Victory

02/14/2016

Posted on 2/14/2016 at 8:46 a.m.

Crusaders Take Momentum, Streak Into Sectional Tournament

Junior guard Keegan McDowell scored a team-high 16 points and Moeller, less than 24 hours after recording a last-second win over La Salle to earn a share of the Greater Catholic League South Division championship, ended the regular season with a 57-43 victory over Whitehall-Yearling Saturday night in Greater Columbus, sending coach Carl Kramer’s team into the postseason riding a three-game winning str4ea.

Moeller (19-3), ranked No. 3 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll , jumped out to a 16-5 lead after one quarter and extended its advantage to 32-14 at halftime.  Moeller was able to prevail despite committing 23 turnovers against Whitehall-Yearling (19-3), thanks to a 38-14 rebounding advantage and by sinking 17-of-18 free throws – including 6-of-6 from sophomore guard Isaiah Payton and 4-of-4 by McDowell.

Senior guard Trey McBride, who tipped in the game-winner with 3.4 seconds remaining against La Salle Friday night to earn Moeller a 43-41 victory over La Salle, led his team with eight rebounds.  McDowell, along with senior Sam McCracken and junior Riley Voss, grabbed five rebounds for Moeller – which has rebounded after suffering consecutive league losses at La Salle and at Elder in its previous two games before the season-ending streak.

Moeller is set to open the postseason against Sycamore in the first round of the sectional tournament at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton High School.  St. Xavier (5-16) faces Withrow in its sectional opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lakota West.  Elder and La Salle, which wound up tied with Moeller atop the GCL South for the second straight year, play a doubleheader at Lakota West on Saturday night in their sectional bracket.

No. 4 Elder (17-4), which enters the postseason having won four straight, faces Edgewood at 6 p.m., followed by No. 2 La Salle (18-3) – winner of 10 of its last 11 games – takes on Western Hills at 7:30.  La Salle, Moeller and Elder each finished the regular season with at least 17 victories and a combined 54-10 record.  The three also were ranked in the top four of The Enquirer’s Division I rankings all season long.