Comeback Keeps Moeller Perfect This Season


Posted on 1/8/2017 at 11:56 a.m.

La Salle Overcomes Slow Start To Win At Roger Bacon

Greater Catholic League South Division members Moeller and La Salle, holding down the top two sports in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly area coaches’ poll, were tested in non-conference games Saturday night, as both teams needed to rely on strong defensive efforts to come from behind and maintain their rankings – also setting the stage for an outstanding GCL South game this Friday when Moeller opens league play by hosting the Lancers.

First, though, No. 1 Moeller had to rally from eight points down in the third quarter to defeat Centerville, 41-35, at Moeller.  Sophomore guard Miles McBride led the Crusaders (11-0) with 15 points, while Keegan McDowell and Isaiah Payton each scored nine.  Moeller trailed, 21-17, at halftime and the Elks extended the lead to eight in the third quarter before Moeller came alive.  The Crusaders outscored Centerville (4-3), 24-14, in the second half – including 13-6 in the fourth.

La Salle allowed Roger Bacon, No. 2 in The Enquirer’s Division III poll, to take a 15-10 lead after one quarter before turning its defense up a notch and holding the Spartans to 30 points over the final three quarters to take a 53-44 win at Roger Bacon.  Both teams played without key players, as La Salle was missing senior guard and leading scorer C.J. Fleming for the second straight game.  Fleming is sidelined with a shoulder injury.  Roger Bacon senior Justin Johnson also was out with an injury.

Senior guard Tre Crigler led La Salle (8-1) with 16 points, while Da’Meak Brandon and Josh Whyle each added 11 for the Lancers – who opened GCL South play by knocking off Elder one night earlier.  Roger Bacon (9-2) tipped off GCL Co-Ed Division play with a 58-47 win over Purcell Marian Friday.  La Salle put together strong runs at the beginning and end of the third quarter to take a 10-point advantage into the final eight minutes.  James Johnson led Roger Bacon with 12 points.