La Salle, Moeller Extend Hoop Winning Streaks


Posted on 12/24/2019 at 8:38 a.m.

Balance Paces Lancers; Duncomb Posts Double-Double

La Salle continued its strong start to the 2019-20 basketball season, as four players scored in double figures to lead the Lancers to a 69-36 victory over Withrow in a non-conference game Monday night at La Salle High School.  The win keeps La Salle undefeated and equals the best start in five years for the Lancers.  Meanwhile, junior forward Logan Duncomb recorded his third double-double in six games to help Moeller win its fourth straight, a 67-46 win over Medina last night at Moeller to extend its home winning streak to 39 games.

Elder and St. Xavier, the other two Greater Catholic League South Division members, are off for the Christmas holiday with all four GCL South teams scheduled to be back in action beginning Friday.

La Salle (6-0) was led by a game-high 17 points from senior guard Jaylen Lemons – who connected on 3-of-5 from three-point range.  Lemons was joined in double figures by juniors Austin Lovetee and Ayden Schneider, who each scored 12 points, and sophomore Devin Taylor – who came off the bench to add 10 hitting 5-of-7 shots from the field.  La Salle, which last opened the season with six straight wins back in 2015-16 (when the Lancers wound up finishing 2-1-4 overall), jumped out to a 17-6 lead after one quarter and then put the game away by outscoring Withrow, 21-5, in the third quarter.  The Lancers host Kings at 7:30 p.m. Friday in their final game of the calendar year.

Duncomb continued his solid early-season play for Moeller (5-1), this time recording game highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds to pace the two-time defending Division I state champions.  The 6-foot-9 junior was 9-of-10 from the field and sank 6-of-8 free throws to help Moeller win for the fifth time by double figures.  The Crusaders, who had their 50-game winning streak snapped in a rematch of last year’s Division I state final, 64-59, at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 64-59, on December 7, held a 10-point lead at halftime before outscoring Medina, 26-13, in the third quarter.

Junior Alex Williams added 20 points, while junior Will McCracken chipped in 11 for Moeller – which shot 57 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free throws.  Up next for Moeller is a trip to Rock Hill, S.C. over the Christmas holiday to participate in the Blue Star High School Invitational. The Crusaders’ first game is slated for 8 p.m. Friday against Westlake High School from Atlanta.  All games will be played in at the Rock Hill Sports & Event Center from Friday through Monday.

Elder and St. Xavier are also back in action Friday, with the Panthers hosting Toledo Central Catholic at 7:30 p.m. at The Pit in Price Hill.  Elder (3-2) has won three of its last four games since a season-opening loss to Huntington Prep Academy from West Virginia.  St. Xavier (5-2), winner of five straight, hosts Walsh Jesuit at 7:30 p.m. that same night.  Elder and St. Xavier will then trade the two Northeast Ohio opponents the following nights, with the games again set for 7:30 tipoffs.