Elder Continues Streak, Wins Fourth Straight


Posted on 2/8/2019 at 11:29 a.m.

La Salle Notches Impressive Win Against Talented Chaminade-Julienne

It was a good Tuesday night on the basketball court for the two Greater Catholic League South Division schools in action.  Elder used a big fourth quarter, scoring 26 points in the final eight minutes, to break a tie and post a 61-52 victory at Springboro to extend the Panthers’ winning streak to four games and move Elder one game above .500 this season.  Meanwhile, La Salle got a team-high 15 points, including four three-point goals, from junior Jeff Queen to post a 57-50 win on Bill Cady Court against Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, which was the top-ranked Division II team a week ago in Ohio before losing to Moeller on Saturday night.

Elder (10-9) continues to play its best basketball as the regular season draws to a close, as the Panthers are starting to get healthy and getting consistent contributions from key players.  Against Springboro, guards Willard Cluxton and Aiden Byrne combined to score 38 of the team’s points.  Cluxton, a junior, led the Panthers with a game-high 23 points and five three-point goals.  Byrne, a senior, added 15 points for an Elder team has now won three straight on the road.  Junior guard Matthew Luebbe, which will attempt to stop Moeller’s 38-game winning streak and prevent the Crusaders from winning their third straight outright GCL South title tonight.

La Salle (11-7), which trailed, 24-22, at halftime, also got a nice game from junior guard Jaylen Lemons – who added 13 points and two of the Lancers’ seven three-pointers.  Senior Nathan Vogelpohl added seven points and the final three-pointer for La Salle. – which will look for the season sweep against St. Xavier in its next game.  The Lancers, who are 1-3 in the GCL South, host St. Xavier (9-10, 1-3) at 7:30 tonight.  La Salle won the first meeting, 39-37, on the road in early January when junior Derek Eddings nailed a three-pointer in the final seconds.

Moeller (18-0, 4-0), No. 1 in the Associated Press Division I state rankings all season, will attempt to extend its winning streak against league competition to 18 games when it hosts Elder at 7:30 tonight at the Brisben Family Education Center on its Kenwood campus.  The Panthers gave Moeller a solid challenge in the first meeting at The Pit, holding a 34-33 lead after three quarters only to be outscored, 17-5, in the final eight minutes.  Elder is the last league team to defeat Moeller, too, wining 48-43 at home on February 5, 2016.