Moeller Stays Perfect, Sets Record For Best Start

02/08/2017

Posted on 2/8/2017 at 2:17 p.m.

Crusaders Now Four Wins Shy Of Unbeaten Regular Season

Sophomore guard Miles McBride paced a balanced Moeller offense with 15 points and five assists, helping the Crusaders jump out to a 41-13 halftime lead and record a 67-37 victory over Western Hills in a non-conference basketball game Tuesday night at Moeller.  The victory extended Moeller’s home winning streak to 18 games and moved the top-ranked Crusaders to 19-0, surpassing the 18-0 beginning back in the 2010-11 season for the best start in school history.  

Greater Catholic League colleagues Elder and La Sale also played non-conference games Tuesday night.  Elder (10-8) won its third straight, defeating Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, 52-35, on the road behind 18 points from senior Dashawn Mosely and 10 from junior Zach Harp.  Senior guard C.J. Fleming and junior forward Riley Haubner scored 19 and 18 points, respectively, to lead La Salle to a 59-36 home win over Lebanon.  Senior Joe Hartmann also scored in double figures for La Salle (16-3), with 10.

Moeller, ranked No. 1 in Division I in Ohio by the Associated Press and maintaining the top spot in The Enquirer’s area coaches’ poll where it began the season back in December, will attempt to win the coveted Greater Catholic League South Division championship outright when it hosts St. Xavier Friday night.  Moeller then finishes the regular season with a pair of games next week, traveling to Lakota West on Tuesday, February 14 and then returning to Montgomery Road for its final GCL South game against Elder on Friday, February 18.

Coach Carl Kremer’s team, up to No. 20 nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 this week, eclipsed the record  set by his 2010-11 team – which started that season 18-0 before losing games to Middletown and La Salle to close the regular season – which was then only 20 games.  Moeller rebounded to string together four straight postseason victories before being eliminated by La Salle, 46-35, in the regional final and finish with a 22-3 record.  The Lancers closed the season with 14 consecutive wins and the school’s second state basketball championship.