Elder Falls To Covington Catholic In King Classic

01/20/2019

Posted on 1/20/2019 at 10;24 a.m.

La Salle, Moeller To Play In Inaugural Hoops Showcase Sunday

Less than 24 hours after giving Ohio Division I defending state champion Moeller all it could handle in a Greater Catholic League South Division game, Elder faced defending Kentucky state champion Covington Catholic in the opening game of the inaugural Midwest King Classic Saturday afternoon at Middletown High School’s Wade E. Miller Arena.  The game, originally scheduled for a 6:15 p.m. start, was moved up to 2 in an attempt to avoid the winter storm that dumped heavy snow throughout the region Saturday night into this morning.

And, like one night earlier, the Panthers were right in the game before CovCath pulled away to post a 47-31 victory to even its record against GCL South teams at 2-2 this season.  The loss was the fourth straight for Elder (6-9), which led unbeaten and top-ranked Moeller at the end of the first and third quarters before being outscored, 17-5, in the final eight minutes of Moeller’s 50-39 win at The Pit in Price Hill on Friday night – the closest margin Moeller has had in starting the season with 12 double-digit victories.  CovCath (16-5), which lost to St. Xavier, 55-45, at home last night, has now won six of its last seven games.

Elder was down two points at halftime, 21-19, and trailed by only five, 32-27, at the end of the third quarter before CovCath went on a run to put the game out of reach.  Junior forward Grant Disken scored the first eight points of the final quarter to give his team a 40-29 lead.  Junior Joey Moser then hit a three-point shot to give CovCath an insurmountable 43-29 lead with just over three minutes remaining.  Senior Nick Thelen led CovCath with 13 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.  Disken finished with 11, as the Colonels’ defense limited Elder, which was outscored, 15-4, in the fourth quarter, to 29.5 percent shooting (13-of-44).

La salle and Moeller are scheduled to play in the King Classic today.  La Salle (7-5) will face Thurgood Marshall in the third of five games, at 4:30 p.m.  Moeller (12-0), which has won 32 straight games and is ranked No. 1 in the latest Associated Press DI state poll, will face Lakota East (10-3) in the final game at 8 tonight.  East posted a 61-44 win at Mason on Friday to move into sole possession of first place in the Greater Miami Conference.  Moeller has won outright or shared the last five GCL South titles and is riding a 15-game league winning streak.

For information on the King Classic, visit www.midwestkingclassic.com.