La Salle Rarely Misses In Season-Opening Hoops Win


Posted on 12/11/2016 at 11:29 a.m.

GCL South Teams Post 4-1 Record In Non-Conference Weekend Games

Senior guard C.J. Fleming was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field, nailing all three of his long-range shots, to finish with a game-high 20 points and lead La Salle to a 76-35 victory at Turpin Saturday night in the Lancers’ season opener that was part of the Mercy Health Tipoff Classic.  Moeller and St. Xavier also posted wins Saturday night, while Elder finished its opening weekend with a split as the Greater Catholic League South Division teams posted a 4-1 record the last two days.

Here is a recap of each team’s weekend:

Elder – The Panthers tipped off the season with a 51-46 win over Walnut Hills on Friday, and then made a strong late surge before losing to Cooper, 54-43, Saturday afternoon at Elder’s Memorial Fieldhouse as part of the Mercy Health Tipoff Classic.  The Panthers trailed 41-30 before scoring seven straight points to narrow the deficit to just four, but Cooper was able to hold on for the interstate win behind a game-high 20 points from junior guard Adam Kunkel.

Elder (1-1), which takes to the road this week for two non-conference games after playing back-to-back home games to open the season, was led by senior forward Dashawn Mosley – named the Panthers’ Mercy Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Most Valuable Player.  Kunkel was named the MVP for Cooper (3-1), which has only lost this season to Mason.  

La Salle – Fleming led four double-figure scorers for La Salle (1-0), which connected on 28-of-40 field goals (70.7 percent), including 8-of-14 (57.2) from three-point range, and 12-of-14 (85.7) free throws.  Nine players scored for La Salle, which jumped out to a 28-9 lead after the first quarter.  Riley Haubner (13), Tre Crigler (12) and Quinn Ealy (10) combined to connect on 14-of-19 field goals for coach Dan Fleming’s team.

The Lancers, who like St. Xavier are working to get their football players acclimated to basketball after a lengthy season that ended with a state championship, have only one game this week – hosting Northwest on Tuesday night.

Moeller – Senior guard Keegan McDowell scored a team-high 14 points to pace a balanced offense, and the Crusaders out-rebounded Kings, 31-13, to post a 64-41 road victory Saturday against a Knights’ team that has won outright or shared the last three championships in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference.  Riley Voss and Isaiah Payton each grabbed five rebounds to lead Moeller (2-0), which finished with 13 offensive rebounds.

The Crusaders host three non-conference games this week, beginning with an interstate matchup against Covington Catholic (6-0) – Northern Kentucky’s top-ranked team that is loaded with talent and off to a fast start.  The Crusaders, who knocked off CovCath, 64-51, in Park Hills, KY last season, close the week with a game against rival Sycamore.

St. Xavier – Senior guard Daniel Keyes, named the Bombers’ Most Valuable Player in his team’s victory at Winton Woods on Tuesday as part of the Mercy Health Tipoff Classic, scored in double figures for the third straight game – finishing with a game-high 21 points to lead St. Xavier to a 70-63 win over Hughes at home Saturday.  Teammates Matthew Budde (13) and Gage Hammann (10) also scored in double figures for St. Xavier (2-1).

Keyes has scored 63 points in St. Xavier’s three games, including his season-high 26 in the Bombers’ opening game against Fairfield.  St. Xavier, still working some of its players back after the Bombers won the Division I state football championship nine days ago, do not play again until hosting Hamilton Badin on Tuesday, December 20 at the school’s Berning Gymnasium.

Here is the GCL South schedule this week:

Covington Catholic at Moeller, 7:30 p.m.
Elder at Purcell Marian, 7:30 p.m.
Northwest at La Salle, 7:30 p.m.

Columbus Whitehall-Yearling at Moeller, 7:30 p.m.
Elder at Winton Woods, 7:30 p.m.

Sycamore at Moeller, 7:30 p.m.