Moeller Stays Perfect, Atop League With Win At St. Xavier


Posted on 1/21/2017 10:21 a.m.

Elder, La Salle Post Victories Over Canadian Teams Friday Night

Keegan McDowell, Isaiah Payton and Riley Voss combined to score 36 points and Moeller used big second and fourth quarters to record a 58-38 road victory against St. Xavier in the lone Greater Catholic League South Division game Friday – keeping the Crusaders perfect on the season and opening an early one-game lead in the league race.  Elder and La Salle stepped out of GCL South play Friday night, with both schools notching home victories over teams from Canada.

Moeller (14-0, 2-0 GCL South), ranked No. 1 in the latest Associated Press Division I state poll and all season in The Enquirer’s weekly area coaches’ poll, relied on its balanced scoring – with McDowell (14), Payton (12) and Voss (10) all scoring in double figures.  The game was tied at the end of the first quarter, but Moeller outscored St. Xavier (6-8, 0-2), 16-8, in the second to take a 33-25 halftime lead.  Moeller held a 10-point lead after three quarters, before outscoring the Bombers, 17-7, in the final eight minutes.

Seniors Daniel Keyes and Matthew Budde scored 11 and nine points, respectively, to lead St. Xavier.   The Bombers, who have won three straight games out of the GCL South, host Anderson at 7:30 tonight.  The Redskins are a member of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference.  Moeller also steps out of the league tonight, hosting Springfield.  The Crusaders have won 16 consecutive games, the last loss coming in February 2015 against Centerville, 42-41.  Tipoff is 7:30.

No. 2 La Salle (12-2) earned its second straight win, getting a game-high 20 points from senior guard C.J. Fleming in his second game back since being sidelined with a shoulder injury to defeat St. Michael’s from Toronto, 63-42, at La Salle. Fleming, who leads the GCL South in scoring averaging 17.7 points, scored 21 in the Lancers’ win at Colerain Tuesday night.  Also in double figures for La Salle were junior Riley Haubner (12) and senior Da’Meak Bandon (10).  La Salle nailed eight three-pointers in the game.

Elder (6-5) also was victorious Friday, knocking down nine three-point goals in a 61-36 win over Kennedy from Windsor, Ontario.  Junior guard Zach Harp led the Panthers with 19 points, including four three-pointers, while junior backcourt mate Brett Marsh added 15, caning three from long range, as Elder built a 32-19 lead at halftime.  Junior Trevor Estep and sophomore Jake O’Brien chipped in eight and seven points, respectively, for Elder.

Elder and La Salle trade opponents today, with the Panthers hosting St. Michael’s at 1 this afternoon at The Pit.  La Salle plays Kennedy at that same time on Bill Cady Court.