Elder, La Salle To Meet In Sectional Hoops Final


Posted on 2/25/2016 at 11:21 a.m.

Semifinal Victories Set Up Third Meeting Saturday At Lakota West

Elder and La Salle tied with Moeller for the Greater Catholic League basketball regular-season championship after finishing with identical 4-2 records, with each school splitting its two games – winning at home and losing on the road.  And, while it won’t have any bearing on the GCL South championship, the third meeting between rivals Elder and La Salle – this time on a neutral court – will determine a sectional title and district berth.

The two schools are scheduled to play in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Sectional 2 Championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lakota West High School – with the winner moving on to next week’s district tournament.  Elder advanced with a 70-45 win over Glen Este in Wednesday’s semifinal game at Hamilton, while La Salle moved on with a 77-47 win in the semifinal at West.

Elder (19-4), which was led by a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds from senior center Nate Roell off the bench, has now won six straight games – the last loss at La Salle, 39-37, on January 29.  Against Glen Este (3-20), the Panthers jumped out to a 31-17 halftime lead and extended the advantage by scoring 28 points in the third quarter.   Twelve players scored for Elder, which connected on 26-of-45 field goals (57.8 percent).

Elder defeated La Salle, 56-50, on January 8 at Elder.

La Salle (20-3) knocked down 10 three-point goals and scored 46 points in the first half to take command against Colerain (1-22).  Junior guard C.J. Fleming led the Lancers with 15 points, while senior Jeremy Larkin added 12, junior Da’Meak Brandon added 11, and senior Nick Watson chipped in nine – including two three-pointers.  The Lancers held a 46-23 advantage at halftime.

Moeller (21-3) – which has won five straight games – also is still alive in the postseason.  The Crusaders will take on Oak Hills (16-7) from the Greater Miami Conference in the Cincinnati 3 Sectional final at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fairfield High School.  Moeller advanced with sectional wins over Sycamore, 59-40, and Winton Woods, 66-38.  The Crusaders defeated Oak Hills, 42-39, in the final minute on December 22 at Moeller.