Balanced Scoring Helps Moeller Overcome Harp, Elder At Pit

01/28/2017

Posted on 1/28/2017 at 1:02 p.m.

La Salle Wins Fourth Straight, Remains One Game Off GCL South Lead

Sophomore guard Miles McBride scored 13 points to pace three double-figure scorers, and Moeller was able to withstand an outstanding performance from Elder junior guard Zach Harp to post a 52-46 win Friday night at The Pit in Price Hill.  The win keeps Moeller perfect this season and maintains the Crusaders’ one-game lead in the Greater Catholic League South Division standings over La Salle – which used hot shooting to record a 58-38 victory at St. Xavier, the Lancers’ fourth consecutive win.

Moeller (16-0, 3-0 GCL South) is accustomed to balanced scoring – with five Crusaders averaging seven or more points entering the game.  Senior forward Riley Voss chipped in 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while senior guard Isaiah Payton added 10 for Moeller – ranked No. 1 in Ohio and locally in Division I by the Associated Press and The Enquirer, respectively.  The Crusaders cracked MaxPreps Top 25 rankings nationally this week at No. 23.  Moeller went 19-of-34 from the field and 5-of-10 on three-pointers.

The Crusaders had to withstand another amazing night by Harp – who was coming off a career-high, 30-point performance in the Panthers’ 50-34 win at Western Hills Tuesday.  Harp picked up where he left off and finished with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting, also knocking down five three-pointers for Elder (7-7, 1-2).  It was Harp’s fifth three-pointer that tied the game, 45-45, with just over two minutes remaining, before Moeller senior guard Keegan McDowell countered with a long shot of his own with 1:44 left to give Moeller the lead for good, 48-45.

A steal and dunk by McBride iced the win in the final minute.

Senior guards C.J Fleming and Tre Crigler combined to score 40 points for No. 2 La Salle, which hit 24-of-39 field goals for 61.5 percent against St. Xavier.  Fleming, who finished with a game-high 22 points after connecting on 9-of-12 from the field, sinking both three-point attempts and going 2-of-2 from the free -throw line, has now scored 19 or more points in each of the last four games after being sidelined the previous four games with a shoulder injury.

Crigler scored 18, while junior forward Riley Haubner came off the bench to add nine for La Salle (13-2, 2-1) – which jumped out to a 20-11 lead after one quarter and extended its advantage to 36-23 at halftime.  St. Xavier (7-9, 0-3), which had won four of its last six games, was led by 16 points from senior guard Daniel Keyes and six rebounds from senior forward Gage Hammann.  La Salle’s defense forced the Bombers to commit 18 turnovers.

Three of the four GCL South teams are in action tonight, with Moeller taking its unblemished record up Interstate 71 to face Wilmington in a non-conference game.  Tipoff is 8:15.  The Crusaders defeated Wilmington with then senior Jarron Cumberland (now a freshman at the University of Cincinnati) last year, 40-31, at Moeller.  Elder faces Withrow at Woodward High School, while La Salle plays at Eastern Cincinnati Conference leader Walnut Hills.  The Elder and La Salle varsity games are set to tip off at 7:30.