Moeller Keeps Streak Alive, Wins GCL South Outright

02/11/2017

Posted on 2/11/2017 at 10:38 a.m.                                                

La Salle Puts Three In Double Figures, Post Road Win Over Elder

Senior guard Keegan McDowell scored a game-high 17 points and Moeller roared out to a commanding 24-point halftime lead on its way to posting a 62-40 victory over St. Xavier Friday night at Moeller High School.  The win extended the Crusaders’ record start to a perfect 20-0, increased their home winning streak to 19 games and, most importantly, clinched the Greater Catholic League South Division title outright for the third time in five years.  Moeller earned a share of the coveted league crown the other two years (2014-15 and 2015-16).

In Friday’s other GCL: South game, seniors Tre Crigler (14), C.J. Fleming (14) and junior Riley Haubner (10) each scored in double figures to lead La Salle to a 52-34 win over Elder at The Pit in Price Hill.  The Lancers’ defense was especially stingy, holding Elder (10-9, 2-3 GCL South) to just 13 points in the second half and limiting the Panthers to just 4-of-21 shooting from three-point range to snap Elder’s three-game winning streak.   La Salle (17-3, 3-2) moves into sole possession of second place the league with the win.

For Moeller, Friday’s performance was typical for a team holding the opposition to 40.6 points a game this season – a season in which the Crusaders have surpassed the 2010-11 team for the best start in school history.  That year, coach Carl Kremer’s team started 18-0 before losing two straight to end the regular season, and then got hot again in the postseason before falling to La Salle in the regional final to end up with a 22-3 record.  La Salle went on to win the Division I state championship.

Against St. Xavier (7-12, 0-5), Moeller had four of its five starters score at least eight points – with senior Caleb Canter also in double figures, with 12, and a team-high seven rebounds.  Moeller (20-0, 5-0) held St. Xavier to just 15-of-35 shooting from the field and, after leading 13-5 after one quarter, outscored the Bombers, 24-8, in the second period.   Senior Gage Hammann had nine points on 4-of-5 shooting to lead St. Xavier.  Moeller is ranked No. 20 nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 this week.

The Crusaders are also ranked No. 1 in Ohio and Greater Cincinnati by The Associated Press and The Enquirer, respectively.  The Crusaders are just wo wins away from a perfect regular season, with a non-conference road game at Lakota West at 7:30 tonight, followed by the regular-season finale against Elder next Friday, January 17.  Elder and ST. Xavier are also in action tonight, with the Panthers set to host Clayton Northmont (varsity tip at 5) and St. Xavier scheduled to travel to Walnut Hills at 7:30.