Moeller Streak On Line In Tonight’s Region Hoops Final

03/13/2019

Posted on 3/13/2019 at 9:12 a.m.

Lakota East Gave Crusaders One Of Toughest Games During Season

If Moeller is to extend its overall winning streak to 46 games and remain unbeaten this season on the hardwood, the defending Division I state champion Crusaders are going to have to defeat Greater Miami Conference champion Lakota East for the second time this season when two of Southwest Ohio’s top teams play in the regional semifinals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Basketball State Tournament at 6:15 tonight at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.

Centerville (21-5), which has won 17 games in a row, faces league  rival Springfield (17-9) in the second semifinal, at 8.  Tonight’s winners advance to the regional final set for 7 p.m. Saturday at XU, with the regional champion advancing to the OHSAA DI Final Four scheduled for March 21-23 at the Jerome C. Schottenstein Center on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus.

Moeller (25-0), which hasn’t lost since late December 2017,  is also trying to extend its postseason winning streak to 13 games when it faces East (20-5), which has won seven straight.  The Crusaders beat East, 61-53, back on January 20 as part of the inaugural Midwest Kings Classic played at Middletown High School.  East is one of two teams to come within single digits of Moeller – which is winning by an average margin of 27.1 points this season.  Dayton Chaminade-Julienne is the other, falling 62-55 to Moeller on February 2 in Dayton.

East held a rare halftime advantage against Moeller in the first meeting, taking a 27-24 lead into intermission.  Moeller outscored the Thunderhawks, 22-17, in the third quarter to take a slim two-point margin into the final eight minutes and was able to hold on for the victory.  Senior Alec Pfriem was nearly perfect from the field, sinking 11-of-12 field goals to finish with a game-high 25 points, while senior Miles McBride added 15 as Moeller sank 25-of-39 field goals, good for 64.1 percent shooting.  Both McBride and Pfriem were named first team All-Southwest District.

Talented senior Bash Wieland, who leads the GMC in scoring at 19.5 points per game and was also named first team all-district , had a team-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range against Moeller in the first meeting.  East was able to connect on 21-of-36 shots good for 58.3 percent against Moeller’s usually stingy defense.  The Thunderhawks nailed 8-of-13 three-pointers, with Kaden Fuhrmann a perfect 3-of-3 to finish with 11 points.  Moeller, however, did have a significant rebounding edge, 26-11, led by McBride with six.  He also had a game-high six assists.

Since the loss to Moeller, East has won 10 of 11 – the lone setback at Mentor, 67-57, on February 2.

Centerville and Springfield, both Greater Western Ohio Conference members that compete in the league’s Cardinal Division and finished tied with identical 10-2 league records, split two meetings during the regular season.  The last team to beat Centerville was Moeller, 54-33, on January 6 on Moeller’s campus.  Springfield defeated Greater Catholic League South Division member Elder for the second straight year, 55-35, in the district final at University of Dayton Arena last Saturday to advance to the regional semifinals.