La Salle, Moeller Set For District Hoops DH Tonight


Posted on 3/5/2016 at 3:05 p.m.

GCL South Teams Looking To Advance To DI  Regional Semifinals

Greater Catholic League South Division basketball fans will have the opportunity to watch La Salle and Moeller play back-to-back games tonight in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I Southwest District Tournament at Wright State University’s Ervin J. Nutter Center.  The GCL South games are the final two matchups of four district finals to be played in Dayton today. 

La Salle (21-3), which has won three straight and 13 of its last 14 games, opposes Centerville (15-10) in the first game of the night session, at 7.  The Lancers are led by junior guard C.J. Fleming, who scored a game-high 21 points to help La Salle knock off Elder in its sectional final last Saturday at Lakota West to get back to the district final – where the Lancers lost to Springfield, 54-41, last March.

Moeller (22-3), which beat Oak Hills, 61-58, in overtime last Friday at Fairfield to earn another district final berth, is vying to get past the team that ended its postseason run last year in Springfield (18-7).  The Wildcats – just five days after knocking out La Salle – beat Moeller, 51-47,  in the regional semifinals a year ago.  Centerville and Springfield are both members of the Greater Western Ohio Conference.

So, too, is defending state champion Huber Heights Wayne – which will take its perfect 25-0 record and No. 1 state ranking into the second game of the afternoon session today at Wright State against Lakota East (17-7).  Tipoff is 3 p.m.  Wayne won its three sectional tournament games by margins of 77, 59 and 50 points, respectively, to advance.  La Salle and Moeller are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in the final Associated Press poll.

Today’s first game is between Mason (22-1), winner of 22 straight games since opening the regular season with a 51-49 loss to Dublin Jerome way back on November 27, against Wilmington (24-1).  Wilmington’s lone loss this season was at Moeller, 40-31, on January 23, as Moeller held University of Cincinnati recruit Jarron Cumberland to 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field.

Each session today contains a separate ticket, good for both games in either the afternoon or night session.  Session tickets are $7 and are available at the Nutter Center.  The arena will be cleared between each of the sessions.

District winners advance to the regional semifinals next Wednesday night at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.   The La Salle-Centerville winner will play either Lakota East or Wayne in the first game at 6:15 that night, followed by the Moeller-Springfield victor taking on either Mason or Wilmington in the second game, at 8.  The regional final, with a berth to the Division I Final Four at stake, will be played at 7  p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Cintas Center.