Moeller Takes Perfect Record, Ranking To The Pit

01/27/2017

Posted on 1/27/2017 at 11:43 a.m.

La Salle Faces St. Xavier On Road In Key GCL South Game

Top-ranked Moeller looks to remain atop the Greater Catholic League South Division and stay undefeated in the process when it travels to The Pit to meet Elder in a key league basketball game tonight, while La Salle heads down North Bend Road for a matchup with St. Xavier as the Lancers look to stay on the heels of the Crusaders.  Both games tip off at 7:30.

Moeller (15-0), 2-0 GCL South), ranked No. 1 in Greater Cincinnati and in Ohio at the Division I level by The Enquirer, WCPO.com and the Associated Press, respectively, cracked into the national rankings this week at No. 23 in the MaxPreps Top 25.  Moeller has played well all season, including last week when coach Carl Kremer’s team defeated St. Xavier, 58-38, on the road Friday night and then rallied at home one night later to snap Springfield’s 10-game winning streak, 54-51.

The Crusaders are led by senior guard Keegan McDowell, who leads a balanced offense averaging 13.5 points, while sophomore guard Miles McBride adds 10 a game.  Elder (7-6, 1-1) is the only GCL South team to play this week – knocking off Western Hills, 50-34, on the road Tuesday.  Junior guard Zach Harp had a career night, scoring a game-high 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field, including five three pointers, and going 5-of-5 from the line.  Harp is second in scoring for the Panthers, averaging 13.6 points.

Like Elder, La Salle (12-2, 1-1) looks to stay one game behind Moeller in the GCL South league race.  St. Xavier (7-8, 0-2) is looking to take the next step forward and win its first league game since January 13, 2013, when the Bombers defeated Elder, 60-41.  Since then, St. Xavier has lost 22 straight against GCL South competition – including its first two this season at Elder, 56-48, and then to Moeller.  The Bombers, however, have won four of the last six – including their last three home games.

La Salle – No. 2 behind Moeller in The Enquirer’s rankings, is led by senior guard C.J. Fleming, who leads the league in scoring at 17.6 points per game.  Fleming, who was sidelined for four games with a shoulder injury, has scored 21, 20 and 19, respectively, since returning to the Lancers’ lineup – all three games being La Salle victories.  La Salle has won six of seven games this calendar year, the lone blemish coming at Moeller, 49-39, two weeks ago in the last game Fleming missed.