Moeller Aims To Continue Postseason Run


Posted on 2/26/2016 at 12:48 p.m.

Crusaders One Win Away From Berth in District Hoops Final

Things didn’t look good for the Moeller basketball team when senior point guard Nate Georgeton left the game at Elder on February 5 early in the fourth quarter, only to see the Crusaders suffer their second straight league defeat that night, fall out of first place in the Greater Catholic League South Division and wonder what life would be like without their floor leader.

And, while coach Carl Kremer and the Crusaders would love nothing more than to have Georgeton playing instead of cheering from the bench after suffering a season-ending knee injury, Moeller has rallied to win five straight games, earn a share of the GCL South title, and now sits riding a five-game winning streak and one win away from winning a sectional championship and earning a berth in next week’s district tournament.

It won’t be easy, though, as Moeller (21-3) plays Oak Hills (16-7) in the Cincinnati Sectional 3 final at 7:30 tonight at Fairfield High School.  Moeller narrowly escaped against the Highlanders during the regular season, posting a 42-39 victory in the final minute at home, where the Crusaders have lost just once in the last four years, falling 42-41 to Centerville last February.

With Georgeton sidelined, Moeller has gotten solid play from a versatile lineup.  Senior guard Trey McBride continues to play well, and senior forward Sam McCracken has stepped his game up late in the season as well.  McCracken is second in the GCL in rebounds (5.2), leads the league in blocks (1.3), and is third in field-goal percentage (57 percent). Sophomore guard Isaiah Payton has given the Crusaders good minutes in place of Georgeton.

Moeller will try and become the first GCL South member to advance to the district tournament.  The league is guaranteed a second as Elder and La Salle face each other in the Cincinnati Sectional 2 final at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lakota West.  The teams split two meetings during the regular season, with Elder (19-4) winning, 56-50, at The Pit, and La Salle (20-3) coming back with a 39-37 victory at home a short time later.

Elder, La Salle and Moeller tied atop the GCL South standings, each with 4-2 records.  All three teams have yet to be challenged in the sectional tournament, winning each of the combined six games by no fewer than 15 points.  Like Moeller, Elder enters its sectional final riding a streak - having won six straight, all in February.  The last loss?  La Salle, back on January 29.