Moeller, La Salle Win District Hoop Championships


Posted on 3/12/2017 at 11:53 a.m.

GCL South Teams Advance To Wednesday’s Regional Semifinals

The Greater Catholic League South Division will be well represented Wednesday night when the Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys’ Basketball Tournament resumes with regional semifinals at Wright State University’s Nutter Center in Fairborn.  La Salle and Moeller comprise half of the four-team field, with the Lancers taking on Springfield in the first game, followed by unbeaten Moeller facing Mason at 8.  The winners advance to Friday’s 7:30 p.m. regional final, with a berth in the OHSAA Division I Final Four on the line.

Both GCL South members advanced Saturday with impressive performances, with Moeller (25-0) opening the first of four district finals at University of Dayton Arena with a 57-44 win over Walnut Hills.  The victory keeps the Crusaders’ historic season alive and moves coach Carl Kremer’s team into the regional semis against Mason (21-2), which is riding an eight-game winning streak after knocking off Centerville, 44-38, Saturday.  The Comets’ losses this year are to Oak Hills and Princeton.

The regional appearance is the seventh in the last eight years for Moeller.

Balanced scoring has been one of Moeller’s strengths all season, and Saturday’s win was no exception as four Crusaders scored in double figures – led by seniors Riley Voss and Keegan McDowell with 14 and 13 points, respectively.  Miles McBride scored 13 and Isaiah Payton added 10 for Moeller, which held Walnut Hills (18-7) to a season-low 44 points.  McDowell scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half, including going 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.

La Sale (23-3) opened the night session with a convincing 62-33 win over Northmont, the Lancers’ eighth win in a row.  The win moves coach Dan Fleming’s team to  the regional semis and a matchup with talented Springfield (23-3), which knocked off Oak Hills, 46-42, in overtime in the last game of the day to advance.  La Salle lowered its defensive average to a stunning 40.5 points per game, after having given up just 28 to Princeton in the sectional final and the effort against Northmont.

The Lancers continue to advance with stingy defense, limiting Northmont to just 28.9 percent shooting from the field (13-of-45), including just 1-of-17 from three-point range.  The Lancers held Northmont (20-5) to no more than 11 points in any quarter, including two quarters in single digits.  La Salle held Princeton to single digits in three quarters during a 38-28 win in the sectional final.  Against Northmont, Tre Crigler led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points, while Riley Haubner added 16 and C.J. Fleming chipped in 14.  The trio was 16-of-2=4 from field, and each made two three-pointers.