Moeller One Win Away From Perfect Regular Season

02/12/2017

Posted on 2/12/2017 at 3:38 p.m.

Elder, St. Xavier Drop Non-Conference Games Saturday Night

Moeller outscored Lakota West, 18-3, in the second quarter to break an early tie and coast to a 60-38 victory in a non-conference basketball games Saturday night at Lakota West.  The Crusaders need a victory over Elder in their finale Friday at Moeller to complete an undefeated regular season.  Elder and St. Xavier both lost non-conference games Saturday, with the Panthers falling at The Pit to Northmont, 53-48, and the Bombers suffering a 60-43 defeat at Walnut Hills.

The beat goes on for Moeller (21-0), which received its customary balanced scoring against West with four of five starters scoring at least nine points – led by team highs of 12 points and six rebounds from senior forward Riley Voss. Senior guard Keegan McDowell and sophomore guard Miles McBride each scored 10 points, while senior guard Isaiah Payton added nine for coach Carl Kremer’s team – which is ranked No. 20 nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25.

Moeller, which shot 25-of-44 (56.8 percent) from the field while limiting West (5-15) to just 14-of-42 shooting (33 percent), is ranked No. 1 in Ohio Division I by the Associated Press and No. 1 in Greater Cincinnati in The Enquirer’s area coaches poll, can wrap up a perfect regular season.  The Crusaders also are vying for a perfect mark in the Greater Catholic League South Division on Friday, when Moeller will attempt to extend its home winning streak to 20 games. Moeller won its third GCL South championship outright with a win against St. Xavier on Friday.

Moeller has now won at least a share of five straight league crowns.

Elder (10-10) was unable to recover from being outscored by nine points in the first and third quarters combined against Northmont (17-4), which won its fourth straight game.  The Panthers tried to rally late, but came up short in losing its second straight home game in as many days.  St. Xavier (7-13) was unable to knock off Walnut Hills (13-6), the Eastern Cincinnati Conference champion, on the road.  The loss was the fifth straight for the Bombers.