Fleming Leads La Salle To Victory In Kingdom Of The Sun


Posted on 12/28/2016 at 4:14 p.m.

St. Xavier Falls In Tourney Opener; Elder, Moeller To Play Today

Senior guard C.J. Fleming scored a team-high 16 points, hitting three of his team’s five three-point goals, to help lead La Salle to a 52-44 victory over Royal Palm Beach in Tuesday’s first-round action of the 43rd annual Kingdom of the Sun Invitational at Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla.  The Lancers are one of three Greater Catholic League South Division teams playing in Florida holiday tournaments this week, while Elder is set to begin in an Ohio event today.

St. Xavier was the other GCL South team in action Tuesday, falling to host Windmere Prepatory School, 84-71, in the opening round of the Rock Holiday Classic in Orlando, Fla.  The Bombers (2-4).  Senior Matthew Budde led the Bombers (2-4) in points and rebounds, with 13 and six, respectively.  Five Bombers scored in double figures, including Luke Pellot off the bench with 12, Daniel Keyes with 11, and David Wasler and Bobby Jefferson each chipping in 10.

David Nickleberry of Windmere Prep (5-4) led all scorers with 30 points while also grabbing nine rebounds, dishing out seven assists and recording four steals.  WIndmere Prep put up 54 points in the first half, including 31 in the opening quarter to build a comfortable early lead.  St. Xavier faces Cardinal Newman from Columbia, S.C. at 6:30 tonight.   Cardinal Newman (6-6) lost to St. Albans from Washington, D.C., 57-51, in its first-round game Tuesday.

Fleming, who leads the GCL South in scoring averaging 18 points a game, was the lone Lancer in double figures.  Coach Dan Fleming’s team, though, did have balanced scoring with Da’Meak Brandon scoring nine and Tre Crigler and Riley Haubner each adding eight to pace the Lancers to a 30-18 halftime lead and the victory.  The Lancers (4-0) held Royal Palm Beach without a point for the first 6:28 of the second quarter during a 12-0 run.  La Salle will attempt to remain perfect this season in the second round at 9 tonight.

Moeller is set to put its No. 1 Greater Cincinnati ranking and unbeaten record on the line today when the Crusaders (6-0) face Archbishop Stepinak from White Plains, N.Y. at 6:30 p.m. in the Battle at The Villages at Vanguard High School in The Villages, Fla.  Led by senior guard Keegan McDowell and a deep roster, Moeller is off to a fast start – having posted wins against Covington Catholic, Northern Kentucky’s top-ranked team, and previously undefeated Oak Hills last Friday.  The Highlanders were ranked No. 2 behind Moeller by The Enquirer.

Elder (3-2) also is competing in a holiday hoops event, as the Panthers oppose Olentangy (1-3) in the first game at 6 tonight of the Newark Invitational at Newark High School.  Host Newark opposes Logan at 7:30 in the other first-round game, with the consolation and championship games set for 5:30 and 7, respectively, Thursday night.  Elder had its two-game winning streak snapped last Friday at Fairfield, when the Panthers played without leading scorer Dashawn Mosley who was sidelined with an injury.