GCL South Tuesday Night Basketball Roundup

01/18/2017

Posted on 1/18/2017 at 10:57 a.m.                                        

Elder Falls Just Short; La Salle, St. Xavier Post Road Wins

Luke Rudy and Ryan Batte combined to score 35 points and grab 10 rebounds to help Oak Hills rally from a 15-point deficit in the second quarter, outscoring Elder, 30-18, in the second half to post a 50-47 victory Tuesday night before a sellout crowd at The Pit in Price Hill.  The game was part of the annual Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Classic, which also featured three games last Friday at Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena.

Rudy led Oak Hills (11-2) – which has now won six straight games – with 18 points, including four three-point goals, and Batte added 17 as the Highlanders remained unbeaten in 2017 by overcoming a hot shooting night from Elder – which connected on 18-of-30 field goals and hit 8-of-11 three-pointers.  Junior guards Zach Harp and Brett Marsh scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, combining to go 11-of-14 from the field and hit 7-of-9 three-pointers.  Senior forward Dashawn Mosley added eight points for Elder (5-6).

The Panthers led 27-12 with 4:12 left in the second quarter, held a 29-20 advantage at halftime, and maintained its advantage for much of the game.  A 7-0 run gave Elder a 42-35 lead with 6:10 to go in the fourth quarter, and the Panthers still led 47-44 with 2:40 remaining before Oak Hills rallied to score the game’s final six points.  Oak Hills is ranked No. 3 behind Greater Catholic League members Moeller and La Salle in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly area coaches’ poll.

Here is a look at the other GCL South games Tuesday:

La Salle 63, Colerain 44 – Senior guard C.J. Fleming, who had missed the Lancers last four games because of a shoulder injury, returned in style – coming off the bench to score a game-high 21 points and lead La Salle to its fourth win in the last five games.  Fleming connected on 6-of-11 field goals, knocking down four three-pointers, hit 5-of-6 free throws, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists for La Salle.

The game was tied, 26-26, at halftime, before La Salle (10-2) outscored Colerain, 20-11, in the third quarter and 37-18 in the second half.  Fleming was joined in double figures by junior Riley Haubner with 15 and senior Tre Crigler with 14, as La Salle forced Colerain into 21 turnovers.   Javon Hicks led the Cardinals (2-11) with 14 points.  La Salle is at home this Friday and Saturday, hosting teams from Canada each night.  Both varsity games tip at 7:30 p.m.

St. Xavier 54, Lakota West 37 – Senior forward Greg Hammann led a balanced St. Xavier offense with 14 points as the Bombers jumped out to a 21-12 lead and never trailed in earning their third win in the last four games, and third straight victory out of conference.  Hammann, who went 7-of-8 from the field and grabbed four rebounds, was joined in double figures by junior David Wasler (12) and senior Daniel Keyes (10).  The trio combined to sink 14-of-18 shots from the field.

As a team, St. Xavier went 20-of-39 from the field (50.3 percent), while limiting West (4-8) to just 10 made field goals. St. Xavier outrebounded West, 32-11, while recording 17 assists and nine steals.  Keyes, who leads the Bombers in scoring at 15.4 points per game, narrowly missed recording a triple-double as he finished with game highs of 10 rebounds and eight assists.  St. Xavier returns to GCL South play Friday when it hosts top-ranked and undefeated Moeller at 7:30 p.m.