Elder, La Salle Advance In Sectional Hoops


Posted on 2/21/2016 at 9:29 a.m.

GCL Rivals Join Moeller In Tournament Semifinal Games This Week

Elder and La Salle coasted to opening-round victories in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Cincinnati Sectional 2 Tournament on Saturday night at Lakota West High School, enabling the Greater Catholic League South Division rivals to Join Moeller in the sectional basketball semifinals this week.

Senior guard Frankie Hofmeyer scored his team-high 15 points on five three-point goals and Elder jumped out to a 39-23 halftime lead and went on to win its fifth straight game, defeating Edgewood, 64-49, in the first game at West. Senior forward Ryan Custer also was in double figures with 12 for the Panthers, who hit nine three-pointers.  Elder (18-4) will play Glen Este (3-19)  at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals at Hamilton High School.  

Junior guard C.J. Fleming, the GCL South leading scorer in the regular season averaging 19.3 points, was held in single digits (eight) for only the second time this season, but teammates Jeremy Larkin (13), Joe Hartmann (11) and Nick Watson (10) picked up the slack to help La Salle to a 72-40 win over Western Hills in the second game.  The Lancers, who scored 45 points in the second half, have now won 11 of their last 12 games.

La Salle (19-3) advances to meet neighborhood rival Colerain (1-21) in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at West.  Should Elder and La Sale win their semifinal games, the two will meet in the sectional final at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a berth in the district final on the line.  The schools split the two regular-season meetings, with Elder winning 56-50 at The Pit and La Salle later emerging with a 39-37 win on its home court.

Moeller (20-3) will be the first GCL South school to play this week, as the Crusaders will face Winton Woods (6-16) in the Cincinnati 3 Sectional  semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fairfield High School.  Moeller won its fourth consecutive game in its postseason opener Thursday, knocking off Sycamore, 59-40, behind 14 points from Keegan McDowell and 12 each from Trey McBride and Sam McCracken.

SITE CHANGES:  Elder and La Salle, originally scheduled to play a DH Wednesday at West, will not play back-to-back games at the same site after Elder’s game was moved to Hamilton.  Moeller was slated to play on Tuesday at Hamilton, but the Crusaders’ game is now at Fairfield.  The moves were made so that Fairfield and Hamilton, both still alive in the sectional, would not play on their home courts – an OHSAA postseason rule.