Moeller Remains Perfect, Wins GCL South Opener

01/14/2017

Posted on 1/14/2017 at 8:48 a.m.

Harp, Mosely Combine For 32 Points To Lead Elder Over St. X

Senior forward Riley Voss led a balanced offense with team highs of 13 points and eight rebounds as Moeller used a 14-4 advantage in the third quarter to post a 49-39 victory over La Salle in a key Greater Catholic League South Division basketball game Friday night at Moeller High School, keeping the top-ranked Crusaders undefeated this season.  Zach Harp and Dashawn Mosley combined to score 32 points to lead Elder to a home 56-48 victory against St. Xavier in the other GCL South game.

Moeller (12-0, 1-0 GCL South), ranked No. 1 in Division I in Ohio and in Greater Cincinnati, ran its home winning streak to 14 games dating back to February 2015.  The Crusaders had their usual balance on offense with four of five starters scoring nine or more points – Voss, Caleb Canter (11), Miles McBride (10) and Isaiah Payton (nine).  Canter and Payton led Moeller with three assists each, and the Crusaders outrebounded La Salle, 28-18, with Canter, McBride and senior Keegan McDowell each grabbing four rebounds to aid Voss.

It was Voss who hit a couple baskets to start the second half and, after senior guard Keegan McDowell nailed a three-pointer, the Crusaders had extended a two-point advantage at intermission to a 24-17 lead.  Moeller would increase its lead to 12 at the end of the third quarter.  La Salle senior guard Tre Crigler nailed four of his game-high five three-point shots in the final eight minutes, but the Lancers could draw no closer than seven down the stretch.

La Salle (9-2, 1-1), No. 2 behind Moeller in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll, played its fourth straight game without senior guard and leading scorer C.J. Fleming – who is recovering from a should injury.  In Fleming’s absence, Crigler led the Lancers with a game-high 19 points, nailing 5-of-11 from long range, while senior Da’Meak Brandon added eight points and a team-high five assists.  La Salle, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, will host Moeller on February 3.

Elder, playing just its third home game this season, got 17 points from Harp – a junior guard – and 15 points and 10 rebounds from senior forward Dashawn Mosley to earn its first GCL South win.  The Panthers led by one, 26-25, at halftime, before outscoring St. Xavier, 14-6, in the third quarter.   Elder (5-4, 1-1) nailed five three-pointers in the game, with Harp going 4-of-4 from long-range to score in double figures for the fifth time this season and the fourth time in the last six games.

Senior Daniel Keyes led St. Xavier (5-7, 0-1), which had its two-game winning streak snapped, with 18 points and eight rebounds.  The Bombers hit just 17-of-49 field goals (34.7 percent) and managed to connect on just 6-of-27 field goals in the second half – including only two in a six-point third quarter.   There were four ties and 13 lead changes in the game, with Elder maintaining the advantage for 23:31.

Moeller is the lone GCL South team in action today, as the Crusaders will be tested by GCL Co-Ed Division member Kettering Alter – which is 9-1 and has won seven straight games.  The game will tip at 8 p.m. at Little Miami High School as part of the Kevin C. Barnhill Coaches Showcase.  The other three GCL South teams return to the court next Tuesday, with Elder hosting neighborhood rival and a talented team in Oak Hills, La Salle traveling to Colerain, and St. Xavier hitting the road to face Lakota West.  All three games tip at 7:30 p.m.