Top-Ranked Moeller Visits No. 2 La Salle Tonight

02/03/2017

Posted on 2/3/2017 at 7:36 a.m.

Elder-St. Xavier Also Set To Meet In GCL South Matchup

Something must give when top ranked and unbeaten Moeller puts its perfect season and current one-game lead in the Greater Catholic League South Division on the line tonight when the Crusaders meet a healthy No. 2 La Salle, winner of six straight games, at 7:30 p.m. at La Salle High School.  The game already is a sellout.  Elder travels to St. Xavier in the other GCL South game, with the varsity also tipping off at 7:30.

Moeller (17-0, 3-0 GCL South) is unblemished this year and, as a result, sits atop the Associated Press Division I state rankings and The Enquirer’s area coaches’ rankings for big schools.  Coach Carl Kremer’s team is No. 22 nationally in MaxPreps Top 25, moving up one spot from last week’s rankings.  Moeller is halfway through the rigorous GCL South schedule but, no doubt, the toughest test is tonight against La Salle (15-2, 2-1).  The Crusaders’ final two league games are at home, where hasn’t lost in more than two years.

The Lancers enter the game riding a six-game winning streak since senior guard C.J. Fleming returned to the lineup after missing four straight games with a shoulder injury.  The last game that Fleming sat out was January 13 at Moeller, a 49-39 win by the Crusaders.  Since returning, Fleming has scored at least 18 points or more in five of six games and leads the GCL South in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game.  Fleming, a Bellarmine University signee, ranks fourth in the league in field-goal percentage (55.9 percent, 66-of-118).

Elder (8-8, 1-2) is hoping to carry momentum from its come-from-behind victory over a good Roger Bacon team Tuesday.  Senior Shaun Sullivan paced the Panthers, who have dropped both GCL South road games this year, with 16 points.  Elder did defeat St. Xavier, 56-48, in the first meeting at The Pit last month behind 17 points from Zach Harp and 15 from Dashawn Mosley.  St. Xavier (7-9, 0-3) was led by 18 points from senior guard Daniel Keyes – who leads the Bombers in scoring, averaging 15.2 points per game – second best in the GCL South.