La Salle Opens GCL South Postseason With Win


Posted on 2/24/2017 at 9:26 a.m.

Elder, St. Xavier To Begin Sectional Tourneys Next Two Nights

Senior guard C.J. Fleming, named the Greater Catholic League South Division Co-Player of the Year for a second straight season last week, scored a game-high 22 points to lead La Salle to a 60-45 victory over Winton Woods in the opening round of the Cincinnati Section 3 Tournament Thursday night at Hamilton High School.  La Salle (20-3), which has now won five straight games, advances to meet Western Hills (6-16) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hamilton.

GCL South colleagues Elder and St. Xavier open sectional play tonight and Saturday, respectively, while No. 1 seed and unbeaten Moeller, the GCL South champion, doesn’t play until Wednesday.  Elder (10-11) will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak when it meets Hamilton (11-11) at 6 tonight in the Cincinnati I sectional at Lakota West.  St. Xavier (8-14) opposes Lakota West (7-15) at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Cincinnati 2 sectional at Hamilton.  The Bombers defeated Lakota West, 54-37, on the road in mid-January. 

Moeller (22-0), ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Division I state poll at the end of the regular season, faces the winner of Harrison-Little Miami in the Cincinnati 4 sectional Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Hamilton.  Harrison and Little Miami play Saturday.  The Crusaders wrapped up their first undefeated regular season in school history with a 53-35 win against Elder last Friday, completing a third unbeaten season in the GCL South in the last five years.   Coach Carl Kremer’s team has won at least a share of the league crown. All five seasons  

Joining Fleming in double figures for La Salle against Winton Woods was senior guard Tre Crigler, another first team All-GCL South selection, who added 11.  Senior Joe Hartmann led La Salle with 10 rebounds, while junior Josh Whyle came off the bench to score nine points and grab six rebounds.  La Salle built an 11-point halftime lead despite connecting on just 42.6 percent of its field goals in the game and going 6-of-18 from three-point range.  The Lancers, however, were solid from the free-throw line, knocking down 14-of-16 (87.5 percent).