Moeller Vies For Perfect Hoops Regular Season Tonight

02/17/2017

Posted on 2/17/2017 at 7:15 a.m.

Elder Stands In Crusaders’ Path; La Salle Hosts St. Xavier In League Finale

It has happened only twice in the history of Greater Catholic League South Division basketball, a team finishing the regular season with a perfect record.  Ironically, if Moeller can defeat Elder in its final varsity game tonight, the Crusaders will accomplish something that hasn’t been done since the Panthers’ 1971-72 team completed that regular season with an 18-0 record.  It was just over a decade earlier that Elder, too, became the first league team to finish unbeaten, ending the 1960-61 regular season with a 17-0 record.

Perfection is what Moeller (21-0, 5-0 GCL South) will be shooting for when it hosts Elder (10-10, 2-3) at 7:30 p.m. at Moeller High School on Montgomery Road.  Coach Carl Kremer’s team, already having surpassed the previous best start in school history (18-0 in 2010-11) also is attempting to extend its home winning streak to 20 games tonight.  Moeller hasn’t been beaten at home since Centerville got past the Crusaders, 42-41, on February 14, 2015.

Moeller beat Elder, 52-46, in the first meeting at Elder on January 27. 

La Salle (18-3, 3-2) looks for its fourth straight victory when it hosts St. Xavier in tonight’s other GCL South game.  The Lancers are the only GCL South team to play a game so far this week, knocking off GCL South Co-Ed member Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, 58-43, on Tuesday night behind 40 points combined from senior guards Tre Crigler and C.J. Fleming.  Crigler scored a game-high 21, nailing 7-of-15 three-point shots, while Fleming added 19 for the Lancers.  St. Xavier (7-13, 0-5) will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak in the process.

For Moeller, it has been an unprecedented season.  The Crusaders, who have moved up to No. 16 nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, also have a chance to finish the regular season where it started – atop The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll.  The Crusaders, if victorious, would almost certainly maintain its hold on the top spot in the Associated Press Division I state poll.  Moeller has done it this league’s stingiest defense, allowing a GCL South-low 40.4 points a game, and balanced scoring, with five players averaging 7.1 points or better.

After tonight’s GCL game, St. Xavier closes the regular season with a non-conference game Saturday – the final night teams can play before the postseason tournament.  The Bombers will host Winton Woods at 7:30 p.m. before heading into the sectional tournament.  St. Xavier defeated Winton Woods, 57-29, back on December 6 at Winton Woods behind 16 points from Daniel Keyes and 13 each from Matthew Budde and Nathan Stockman.  That game was part of the Mercy Health Tipoff Classic.