Defense Carries La Salle To Fifth Straight Sectional


Posted at 3/4/2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Elder Falls In Final; Undefeated Moeller Takes Court Tonight

Defense usually is held at a high standard among Greater Catholic League South Division basketball teams, and it certainly was no exception Friday night as La Salle held a talented Princeton team to just 12 field goals on 33 percent shooting, allowing the Vikings to score in double figures in only one of four quarters to record a 38-28 victory in the Cincinnati 4 sectional final at Hamilton High School.  The win earns the Lancers, who have now won seven straight games, their fifth consecutive sectional championship.

GCL South colleague Elder saw its season come to an end Friday, as the Panthers lost to Walnut Hills, 52-44, in the Cincinnati x sectional final at Lakota West.  The win by Walnut Hills (18-6), the Eagles’ eighth in a row, avenges a 51-46 loss to Elder (12-12) in the season opener way back on December 9 at The Pit.  GCL South champion, No. 1 seed and unbeaten Moeller (23-0) will attempt to advance to the district tournament when the Crusaders play Withrow (16-8) in the Cincinnati x sectional final at x tonight at Hamilton.

La Salle, which allows an average of just 40.8 points per game, was led by senior guard Tre Crigler’s 13 points – high for both teams in the game.  Senior guard C.J. Fleming, the league’s leading scorer at 16.8 points, was held to nine points on a rare off-shooting night (3-of-12), but also added 10 rebounds.  The Lancers’ defense was strong on Princeton’s Darius Bazzley, an Ohio State University commit, who finished with seven points on just 3-of-10 shooting.  Princeton ends its season at 15-10.

Elder got a big game against Walnut Hills from senior Dashawn Mosley, who had 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and pulled down six rebounds.  The rest of the Panthers, however, connected on just 4-of-19 field goals and Elder made just 3-of-14 three-pointers as a team.  Mosley also had a season-high 25 points in the opener against Walnut Hills.  Junior guard Brett Marsh chipped in 14 points for the Panthers, knocking down 9-of-10 free throws.  Elder hit 17-of-23 free throws.

Moeller, which opened the postseason after having a 10-day layoff with a 64-48 win over Little Miami behind 23 points form senior guard Keegan McDowell on Wednesday, will attempt to use its balanced scoring and stingy defense (allowing a GCL South-low 40.5 points) and end WIthrow’s five-game winning streak.  Withrow opened the sectional tournament with a 56-44 win over Anderson.  Moeller hasn’t lost since March 9, 2016, when coach Carl Kremer’s team was defeated by Wilmington, 40-37, in the regional final.