Moeller Wins At La Salle, Matches Best Start

02/04/2017

Posted on 2/4/2017 at 11:10 a.m.

Crusaders Earn Share Of Title, Snap La Salle Home Streak

Senior guard Keegan McDowell scored a game-high 17 points, and Moeller’s defense forced La Salle into a rare off-shooting night as the top-ranked and unbeaten Crusaders posted a 47-41 victory over No. 2 La Salle at a sold out and raucous Bill Cady Court in a key Greater Catholic League South Division game Friday night at La Salle.  The victory keeps Moeller perfect this season, earns coach Carl Kremer’s team at least a share of its fourth consecutive league title and matches the best start in school history.

Elder defeated St. Xavier, 52-47, on the road in Friday’s other GCL South game.

Moeller (18-0, 4-0 GCL South), which also snapped La Salle’s 23-game home court winning streak dating back to the final game of the 2013-14 regular season (a 56-53 loss to Elder), can win the GCL South title outright with a victory against St. Xavier at Moeller next Friday, January 10.  Three of the Crusaders’ final four regular-season games are at home, with the lone road trek at Lakota West next Saturday, January 11.  Moeller also started the 2010-2011 season 18-0 before dropping consecutive road games at Middletown and La Salle.

The Crusaders, who own a 17-game home winning streak of their own, can claim the best start in school history with a win against Western Hills on Tuesday.  Friday’s win gives the Crusaders a rare sweep of the season series against La Salle, having won the first meeting, 49-39, on January 13 – a game La Salle played without senior guard C.J. Fleming – the league’s leading scorer who was sidelined with an injury.  Fleming had 14 points Friday, but was held to 5-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-10 from three-point range.

Lancers’ senior guard Tre Crigler led his team with 16 points, hitting 6-of-16 from the field.  The Lancers, who had won six straight games, were held to just 4-of-20 shooting in the first half as Moeller built a 24-11 halftime lead.  La Salle could never get closer than seven in the second half until the final minute, aided in the fourth quarter by Moeller going just 6-of-15 from the free-throw line.  La Salle (15-3, 2-2) connected on just 15-of-43 (34.9 percent) from the field, and made 7-of-21 from three-point range.

Moeller held La Salle to single digits in each of the first three quarters.

Elder (9-8, 2-2) kept its chances for a share of the GCL South title alive with the win at St. Xavier.  The Panthers would need to win their final two league games and have Moeller drop its remaining two GCL South  games, including when the two schools meet in the regular-season finale at Moeller on Friday, February 17.  Moeller – ranked No. 1 in Ohio and Greater Cincinnati and No. 22 nationally this week in the MaxPreps Top 25, defeated Elder in the first meeting, 52-46, last Friday night at The Pit.

Against St. Xavier on Friday, Elder trailed by three, 29-26, entering the fourth quarter before erupting to score as many points in the final eight minutes as it had in the first three quarters – outscoring St. Xavier, 26-18, to even its GCL South record.  Senior Dashawn Mosley led Elder with 19 points,, including nine made free throws, while juniors Brett Marsh chipping in 11 and Zach Harp adding 10, including eight free throws.  Daniel Keyes and Greg Ruppert led St. Xavier (7-10, 0-4) with 14 and 13 points, respectively.