Moeller Extends Streaks, Clinches GCL South Outright


Posted on 2/9/2019 at 11:14 a.m.

Vogelpohl Leads Way On Senior Night In La Salle Win Over St. X

Sophomore Logan Duncomb and senior Alex Pfriem scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, and Moeller overcame a slow start with a big second quarter on its way to a 59-32 win against Elder on Friday night at the Brisben Family Education Center in Kenwood.  The victory earned Moeller its third consecutive Greater Catholic League South Division championship outright,, and the Crusaders have won outright or shared the last seven league titles.  The win also extended Moeller’s overall winning streak to 39 games and was the Crusaders’ 33rd win in a row at home.                                                                                                              
Moeller has now won 18 straight GCL South games.

In Friday’s other GCL South game, a big second half helped La Salle erase a three-point halftime deficit and sweep the season series against St. Xavier with a 51-41 victory on Senior Night at La Salle’s Bill Cady Court.  Senior Nathan Vogelpohl led the Lancers with 15 points, while a pair of juniors in Derek Eddings and Jaylen Lemons each added 10 for La Salle (12-7, 2-3 GCL South).  La Salle won at St. Xavier, 39-37, last month on a last-second three-pointer by Eddings.

The win moves the Lancers into a tie for second place in the GCL South with Elder heading into the final Friday of GCL South games in six days.  La Salle, which travels to Elder next Friday for a game that will determine second place in the league, has won two straight and five of the last seven.  Elder also has been hot, winning four of its last five.

Moeller (19-0, 5-0), ranked No. 1 all season in the Associated Press Division I state poll, held a 14-11 lead after one quarter against an Elder team playing its best basketball of the season, riding a four-game winning streak that included three consecutive road wins.  But the Crusaders outscored Elder, 19-6, in the second quarter (buoyed by a 15-0 run in the final 4:03) to extend the margin to 33-17 at halftime, more than enough  for coach Carl Kremer’s team  to remain unbeaten.  Elder led Moeller, 34-33, after three quarters in the first meeting last month, only to see Moeller outscore the Panthers, 17-5, in the final eight minutes for a 50-39 win at The Pit.

Duncomb was 7-of-8 from the field and also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to pace Moeller, which connected on 23-of-42 shots for 54.8 percent.  Pfriem added six rebounds to his point total, and senior guard Miles McBride had 12 points, six assists and five rebounds.  The trio was a combined 16-of-26 from the field, with McBride scoring 10 points and recording all of his assists in the first half.  Moeller is ranked No. 22 nationally in the MaxPreps computer rankings.

Senior Michael Bittner led Elder (10-10, 2-3) with 11 points.

La Salle and St. Xavier combined to knock down 12 three-pointers in their game.  La Salle got three from Lemons and two from junior Jeff Queen, who was coming off a 15-point effort in the Lancers’ home win against Dayton Chaminade-Julienne on Tuesday night.  St. Xavier (9-11, 1-4) nailed seven from long range, including three each from Nathan Stockman and Danny Greive.  Stockman led the Bombers with a game-high 20 points, while Greive added 14. Hank Thomas added seven points and the team’s final three.

Three of the four GCL South schools are in action tonight, with Moeller and La Salle playing rescheduled games that were originally postponed because of inclement weather.  Moeller will get a strong challenge from a talented Purcell Marian (16-3), which leads the GCL Co-Ed Central Division with an 8-1 record.  Purcell Marian posted its third straight win Friday, defeating Roger Bacon, 69-56.  Tipoff is 7:30 at Moeller.

La Salle travels to face Walnut Hills at 7:30 tonight.  Walnut Hills, a member of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference, is 12-7 after a 60-43 loss last night to Turpin, which is second in the ECC one game behind West Clermont.   St. Xavier steps out of conference to host Ponitz Career Technology Center from Dayton at 7:30 at Dick Berning Gymnasium, while Elder is off until hosting La Salle next Friday.