La Salle Opens GCL South Play With Home Win


Posted on 1/7/2017 at 9:54 a.m.

Moeller, St. Xavier Post Non-Conference Victories Friday

Joe Hartmann and Riley Haubner combined to score 26 points and grab 12 rebounds as La Salle, playing without leading scorer C.J. Fleming, used a big third quarter and strong defense to post a 41-36 victory over Elder Friday night before a sellout crowd at Ls Sale High School in the Greater Catholic League South Division opener for both schools.  GCL South colleagues Moeller and St. Xavier also were in action, with both teams posting non-conference victories in preparation for next week’s first full Friday of GCL South games.

Hartmann, a senior forward, led all scorers with 15 points – hitting 7-of-10 shots – and pulled down five rebounds, while Haubner – a junior guard – added 11 points and a team-high seven boards for La Salle (7-1, 1-0 GCL South).  The Lancers played their first full game without Fleming, the GCL South co-leading scorer who is sidelined with an injury he suffered during the championship game of the Kingdom of the Sun in Ocala. Fla. last week.

Neither team could get much going offensively in the first half, and the game was tied, 12-12, at halftime.  But the Lancers got out quickly in the third quarter and outscored Elder, 17-7, to take command.  Elder (4-6, 0-1) rallied back in the fourth quarter, but was unable to pull out a road victory.  Senior Dashawn Mosley led Elder with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Shaun Sullivan added nine and Brett Marsh scored eight.

Moeller (10-0), fresh off its title in the Battle at The Villages in The Villages, Fla. over the holiday break, built a 22-6 advantage after one quarter and extended the lead to 49-11 at halftime en route to a 60-24 win at Winton Woods. Senior guard Keegan McDowell led Moeller, No. 1 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll, with 17 points, while junior guard Jeremiah Davenport came off the bench to add 14.  Senior forward Riley Voss had six points and a team-high eight rebounds.

St. Xavier (4-6) utilized big second and third quarters, outscoring Cincinnati Country Day, 20-3 and 22-7, respectively, on its way to a 79-34 win at St. Xavier.  In all, 11 players scored fo9r the Bombers – who were led by 15 points from senior Daniel Keyes and 12 off the bench from senior guard Brandon Gilbert, who also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.  St. Xavier outrebounded the Indians, 45-26, and played solid defense – limiting Country Day to connect on just 14-of-59 field goals.

Next Friday is the first full night of GCL South games.  La Salle travels to Montgomery Road to face Moeller in the Crusaders’ GCL South opener, while St. Xavier travels to The Pit to open league play at Elder.  Both varsity games tip at 7:30 p.m.