GCL South Saturday Basketball Roundup


Posted on 12/22/2019 at 12:52 p.m.

Moeller, St. Xavier, Elder Post Non-Conference Victories

It was a perfect Saturday night for the Greater Catholic League South Division basketball teams, as Moeller, St. Xavier and Elder all recorded victories over non-conference opponents heading into the holiday break.  Senior guard Max Land turned in a strong performance for the second straight night to lead Moeller to a 75-31 win against Dayton Chaminade Julienne, while St. Xavier hit the road to win its fifth straight game, 51-41, at West Clermont, and Elder recorded win No. 90 in the all-time series against Western Hills, scoring 52 points in the first half en route to a 80-66 triumph against Western Hills at home.

Unbeaten La Salle did not play Saturday.

Land, who scored 23 points one night earlier to help the Crusaders win at Chillicothe, followed with a game-high 25 points against CJ to help Moeller (4-1) extend its home winning streak to 38 games.  Land was 9-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-6 from three-point range for Moeller – which also got 14 points each from Will McCracken and Alex Williams.  In the last two games, Land hit 18-of-24 field goals, going 6-of-7 on three-pointers, and converting all six free throws.  Moeller has one final game before Christmas, hosting Medina at 5 p.m. Monday at the Brisben Family Education Center on its campus.

St. Xavier, which opened the season with close losses at Princeton (70-68) and Lakota East (49-43), has now won five straight – including four by double figures, including last night at West Clermont. The Bombers outscored West Clermont by six, nine and seven points, respectively, in the first three quarters to take control on the road.  Junior guard Kobe Rodgers led St. Xavier with 16 points, five rebounds and five steals, while senior forward Hank Thomas added 11 points, five rebounds ad three assists for St. Xavier – which shot 50 percent from the field and knocked down nine three-pointers,  including three apiece from senior Avery Wilson and junior Joe Kirby.  St. Xavier is off until Friday, when the Bombers host Walsh Jesuit at 7:30 p.m.

Like St. Xavier, Elder (3-2) closed out a 2-0 week with a solid performance against one of its neighborhood rivals.  The Panthers, aided by the return of five members from the school’s Division I state football team that advanced to the state title game that was held on Friday, December 6, is getting back to full strength.  Juniors JT Miller and Scotty Nieman scored 20 and 14 points, respectively, to lead Elder.

The Panthers held a 30-24 lead after one quarter, but outscored the Mustangs, 22-8, in the next eight minutes to take control.  Up next for Elder is Toledo Central Catholic, which visits The Pit in Price Hill this Friday at 7:30 p.m.  Elder and St. Xavier will then trade Northeast Ohio opponents Saturday, with Walsh Jesuit playing at Elder and Toledo Central Catholic heading to St. Xavier.  All four games are slated for 7:30 tipoffs both nights.

La Salle (5-0), which had the weekend off after posting a 67-57 win at Lakota West last Tuesday, hosts Withrow at 7:30 p.m. Monday.  The Lancers are one win away from equaling their best start in four years; La Salle opened the 2016-17 season with six straight wins.  The Lancers stay at home Friday to host Eastern Cincinnati Conference member Kings at 7:30 p.m.