St. X Comes Up Just Short In Sectional Hoops


Posted on 2/20/2016 at 5:09 p.m.

Elder, La Salle Play DH At West Tonight To Begin Postseason Quest

Withrow junior guard Davon Joran, who had tied the game 30 seconds earlier with a three-point goal, banked in a shot at the buzzer to give the Tigers a 52-50 victory over St. Xavier in the first round of the Cincinnati 1 Sectional at Lakota West High School – eliminating the Bombers from postseason play with a seventh consecutive loss.  Withrow advances to meet top-seeded Mason in the second round Tuesday.

Elder and La Salle will attempt to join Greater Catholic League South Division colleague Moeller and win their sectional openers tonight.  Elder (17-4) meets Edgewood at in the Cincinnati 2 Sectional at 6 p.m. at Lakota West, while La Salle (18-3) takes on Western Hills immediately following at 7:30.  Elder, La Salle and Moeller tied for the GCL South championship for the second straight year.

It seems only fitting that St. Xavier’s final game would be close.  The Bombers suffered a number of tight losses this season,, especially in non-conference games.  In fact, of the Bombers’ 11 losses to non-GCL South teams, only one was by more than six points (69-44 at Hamilton).  The other close defeats including two by three points, one by two points, (Friday to Withrow), two by one point, and one in overtime (70-65 at Winton Woods).  

Senior guard Matt Wittrock scored 11 points to lead St. Xavier, while senior guard Johnny Bubenhofer – a second team All-GCL South selection  – finished with 10.  Senior guard Hunter Lampley added nine points and five rebounds.  St. Xavier shot 52.8 percent, but was guilty of 18 turnovers.  Jordan scored a game-high 18 points for Withrow (9-14), including the game’s final five points in 31.2 seconds to keep the Tigers’ season alive.

Moeller (20-3), which knocked off Sycamore, 59-40, in Thursday’s first round of the Cincinnati 3 Sectional, advances to face Winton Woods at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hamilton.  Elder and La Salle, assuming that the seeds hold up, are on a collision course to meet in the sectional final.  The schools split two meetings during the regular season, each winning at home, by a combined total of eight points.