GCL South Saturday Night Basketball Roundup

01/29/2017

Posted on 1/29/2017 at 12:03 p.m.

Moeller Stays Perfect; La Salle Wins, Elder Falls In Road Games

Sophomore guard Miles McBride had team highs of 12 points, six assists and five steals to lead top-ranked Moeller to a 60-34 victory over Wilmington Saturday night at Wilmington High School.  The win moved Moeller within five victories of a perfect regular season, while Greater Catholic League colleagues Elder and La Salle also played road non-conference games.  Elder lost to Withrow, 48-43, while La Salle won its fifth straight, defeating Walnut Hills, 64-50.

Moeller (17-0), which broke into the national rankings this past week at No. 23 in the MaxPreps Top 25, jumped out to a 15-5 lead after one quarter and let its defense do the rest – holding Wilmington to 11 field goals while forcing 22 turnovers.  Coach Carl Kremer’s team had its usual balanced attack as the five starters scored at least seven points – Caleb Canter (9), Isaiah Payton and Riley Voss (eight), and Keegan McDowell (seven).  Voss and McDowell led Moeller with six rebounds each against Wilmington (9-7).

Looking ahead, Moeller has a difficult remaining schedule that includes the second half of GCL South play.  The Crusaders, who are ranked atop the Associated Press Division I state poll and The Enquirer’s area coaches’ poll, face perhaps their toughest test Friday at No. 2 La Salle, which is riding a five-game winning streak and is one game behind Moeller in the GCL South.  Three of Moeller’s final four games are at home, against Western Hills, St. Xavier and Elder.  The lone road game after Friday is at Lakota West.

La Salle (14-2) continues to play well since senior guard C.J. Fleming returned to the lineup after missing four games with a shoulder injury.  The Lancers extended their winning streak against Walnut Hills, the Eastern Cincinnati Conference leader, as Fleming and senior Da’Meak Brandon each scored 18 while senior Tre Crigler added 14 – including a team-high three three-pointers.  Fleming knocked down two from long range as La Salle built a 30-22 lead at halftime over Walnut Hills (10-6).

Elder led by two points at halftime, 24-22, but Withrow (10-7) rallied in the final two quarters to win its fourth straight game.  Junior guard Zach Harp led Elder (8-9) with 13 points in what culminated a prolific scoring week for Harp – who scored 68 points in the Panthers’ three games, pouring in a career-high 30 in last Tuesday’s win over Western Hills, then coming back with 25 on 10-of-14 shooting Friday against Moeller.  Harp also nailed five three-pointers in that game.  Davon Jorden and Albert Kalala each scored 17 for Withrow.